Howdy folks! FC Dallas didn't give their best performance of the year in Vancouver this last weekend but a point is a point.
Regardless of the result in Vancouver the Hoops still sit atop the MLS heap with 20 points to their name heading into the off weekend. April was a successful month for FCD and FCDallas.com has the highlights from the month that saw the team go undefeated and take 8 points out of a possible 12.
FC Dallas 2013 Monthly Recap: April (via FCDCommunications)
Let's hope FC Dallas can maintain their momentum after the week off.
FC Dallas may have this weekend off but the rest is short lived as they host 2 games in 4 days next week at FC Dallas Stadium starting with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday May 8th followed by DC United on May 11th. Head over to the team page here to get your tickets for both games and get out and support the boys!
The front office announced some good news for FC Dallas fans: 1st round draft pick Walter Zimmerman had his first full practice with the team this week. FCDallas.com's Daniel Robertson with the story.
"The big thing with him is that it was a serious injury that stopped everything he likes to do: run, jump and physically play," said Hyndman. "He continued to work hard for six months to the point now where he’s able to train with the team. It’s not just a lift for him; I think it’s a lift for the whole team.
"The players are looking around saying ‘Ok, so this is why we got him,’ and now the coaches are saying, ‘You know what, he’s going to be a good first round draft pick.’"
I don't know about you guys but I find this a huge relief. With George John coming out of a couple of matches early this year and back up Stephen Keel out at the moment with a Quad injury any possible addition to the back line depth is a plus. It's still going to be a few weeks until Zimmerman will be able to contribute on the field on game day but with possible losses at CB due to national team call ups looming it seems that Zimmerman will get his shot this summer and that's something to get excited about.
Speaking of possible national team call ups, MLSSoccer.com's Matt Barbour spoke with Schellas Hyndman about his chats with USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann about George John (possibly) getting his well deserved first call up for the US during this summers Gold Cup.
The USMNT boss recently detailed his plans for roster selection this summer for World Cup qualifiers and the Gold Cup.
"We have to build two rosters for that because we can't have the players do both," Klinsmann said about the upcoming games this summer. "That's good to see that we have players now coming through MLS, they are knocking at the door and getting stronger in MLS."
John has previously been called into camps for both Greece and the United States, but has yet to make an international appearance that would tie him to either nation’s team.
George John has more than proved why he should be a part of the USMNT on a regular basis and while FCD will surely miss him it will be a great opportunity for GJ to further his growth as a player and ultimately be beneficial for the Hoops.
FC Dallas Youth and Reserve Teams
Last weekend Kellyn Acosta got his first call up to Tab Ramos' U20 USMNT camp ahead of the the U20 World Cup this summer in Turkey. Kellyn spoke with FCDallas.com's Daniel Robertson about what the camp meant to him.
"It was a big step for me," Acosta told FCDallas.com on Monday. "I didn’t know what to expect, but after the first practice I was pretty confident and comfortable. They were very encouraging."
..."[Tab Ramos] said he was impressed with me and that I performed well and age doesn’t really matter," said the 17-year-old.
Congratulations to Kellyn on his call up. Let's hope that Ramos was impressed with the youngster enough to put him on his final roster for the U20 WC. Stayed tuned for more info when we get it.
Daniel also posted updates from FCD U15 Assistant Coach Jesse Suarez about the FC Dallas U15 Pre Academy team's trip to Poland.
Day three was a special day. We drove about one and half hours north to the city of Wagrowiec to play MKS Nielba Wagrowiec. Much to our surprise, we were greeted by the city mayor and the entire MKS club!
The stadium was outstanding and the fans were excited to see the FC Dallas team. Autographs were signed by the players and coaching staff and the introduction to the game was full of excitement with local tv stations present. The boys were nervous and with a little bit of jet lag they didn't start the game well. However, we managed to get an early goal on a hand ball called in the box and Joel Aviles made the penalty kick.
What an amazing learning experience for the U15 side and a great chance to expand their cultural knowledge in general.
USMNT forward Herculez Gomez and his Santos Laguna teammates suffered a tough loss last night against Monterrey in the final leg of the CONCACAF Champions League by giving up 3 goals in 6 minutes to hand Monterrey their 3rd consecutive CONCACAF Champs League trophy. Tom Marshall at MLSSoccer.com has the story.
Gomez would’ve become only the second American to win the CCL in its present format after Jose Torres, who won it with Pachuca in 2010.
Hats off to Monterrey as they simply overwhelmed Santos Laguna to steal away the victory. It's going to be interesting to see if Gomez makes his long rumored return to MLS this summer or decides to stay in Mexico with the side that helped to reinvigorate his career.
Ian Edwards brings us the report from ESPNFC.com about Jurgen Klinsmann's displeasure with Brek Shea's recent move to Stoke City and how it may negatively impact his chances with the USMNT.
"Players make their own decisions and they have to deal with the consequences of that and by 'consequences' I mean with the situation they are facing," Klinsmann said.
"Brek Shea badly, badly wanted to go to Stoke City and now he's not playing there, at all. He's not even in the [matchday squad] at all and he has to deal with that. He never really discussed it with us. I discussed it with [MLS vice president] Todd Durbin, but he badly, badly wanted that move. It is now what it is. It's not helping us if he's not in their first 18."
Ouch.... The move to Stoke City surely hasn't worked out yet as Shea had hoped. I would be surprised not to see Brek on at least the Gold Cup roster this summer but we'll just have to see how serious Jurgen is about playing time being the most important factor for players making the USMNT squad.
The worst bet ever??
Via Foxsoccer.com Blog:
Former Marseille defender Eric Di Meco might think twice before making his next bet.
Back in 2010, when right back Cesar Azpilicueta signed with Marseille from Osasuna, the club’s president at the time, Jean-Claude Dassier, declared Azpilicueta "the future right full back of the Spanish national team."
Di Meco wasn’t impressed, and was confident enough in his assessment of the defender that he declared, "if that happens, I’ll eat a rat."
Since then, Azpilicueta has moved to Chelsea and made his debut with the Spanish national team. He started against Uruguay, and played all 90 minutes in Spain’s 3-1 win back in February.
So, Di Meco kept his word, and ate a rat on live radio while the video cameras rolled. At least he had a glass of wine nearby to wash it down.
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