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Big D Soccer News Update: May 8

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Howdy folks! It's a busy week ahead so lets get to it!

FC Dallas

FC Dallas host the Portland Timbers tonight for the start of their very busy week. If you haven't gotten tickets (for tonight or Saturday's game against DC United) head over to the team website to pick some up and get out to support the Hoops.'s Daniel Robertson has his match preview of tonight's contest against the Timbers.

Not only is Wednesday’s game the first time since July 2011 that two MLS teams have taken at least a seven-game unbeaten streak into a match, it’s a meeting between the two highest scoring teams by goals per game in the league.

"I think Portland’s one of those teams like Kansas City last year that just keeps coming at you from a lot of different directions," said Hyndman. "Ryan Johnson’s a very good goal scorer, then there’s [Diego] Valeri their number ten and outstanding holding midfielders in [Will] Johnson and [Diego] Chara."

This is a dangerous Portland team that can score goals at any time. Unfortunately for Dallas, Portland has been very hot in the last 20 minutes of games......bad news for FCD.

As you guys (hopefully) saw earlier Drew brought us the report that due to injury FCD's starting XI will most likely look different than we've seen in the last several games.'s Matt Barbour has his report on what Schellas Hyndman said about the loss of Jackson and possibly more starting players and what it will mean for FCD this week.

"The thing we have to consider is we’ve got only a few days before we play again and if we push A.J. and George too soon, then we may lose them for this game and then the next game and however many more games," Hyndman explained to reporters on Monday, "so we have to be cautious."

This report states that Jacobson and John are "unlikely" to play on Wednesday. Hearing that Jacobson is the most likely to play of the two but we will have to wait and see what happens tonight.

Many FC Dallas fans have been upset at the lack of goals from Kenny Cooper so far this year. Daniel Robertson wrote a great article about the way that Cooper has contributed to the team in a big way regardless of how many goals he's scored..

Head coach Schellas Hyndman was a little less diplomatic about his thoughts on the scorer’s ruling [of an own goal in Vancouver], but went on to point out that Cooper also scored a fantastic header in New England perhaps incorrectly ruled offside. Add those two goals to his current tally and the forward would be tied for top scorer on the team.

"Who’s our leading goal scorer, Blas [Perez] with three? That’s a big difference, one and three," Hyndman said with a sly grin. "No, I don’t worry about it."

I've been pleasantly surprised at how effective KCJ has been on the wing. I would still prefer him as a striker up top but his holding skills have added a lot to the FC Dallas arsenal.

As I've reported on here the FC Dallas U15 pre academy have been on an overseas trip to Poland over the last couple of weeks. Daniel brings us U15 Assistant Coach Jessie Suarez' last update from their trip.

Saturday, May 4

We started the day with a two and a half hour drive back to the training facilities of Wronki. The boys started very quickly out of the gate. Sebastian Gordillo struck a 25 yard shot in the upper 90 to make the game 1-0 in favor of FCD in just the first minute. Lech Poznan kept an aggressive attack throughout the first half and found the back of the net in the 39th minute when Gras Ernest scored. The second half became a counter attack battle and saw even possession from both teams, but neither team could find the final touch and the game ended at 1-1.

Know Thine Enemy

Our own Drew Epperley has his scouting breakdown of Portland up at

FC Dallas has had success over the last couple years against Portland at home, going 2-0-1 with ten goals scored in those three games.

Rookie head coach Caleb Porter’s squad comes into this match with just one loss on the season and one of the league’s better records. Currently the Timbers are 3-1-5 on the season with their last loss coming all the way back on March 9 to the Montreal Impact.

Portland is coming off a 0-0 draw to the New England Revolution last Thursday night.

Portland is just as hot as FCD right now and tonight is sure to be great match. Injuries for both teams may turn out to be the difference maker at FC Dallas Stadium.

Geoff Gibson at Portland Timbers SB Nation site Stumptown Footy has his own match preview.

The big news heading into tomorrow night's match is the obvious absence of Mikael Silvestre. We all knew it was a possibility, especially given the Timbers' current luck with central defenders, but it didn't hurt the team any less when it happened.

Silvestre's absence means that the central defensive positions will be secured by Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Futty Danso. Both players have gotten plenty of minutes at this point in the season so at least we don't have to worry about them being match fit.

Pa Modou Kah, for his part, isn't expected to arrive until next week. So, at the very least, the Timbers will have to do without any sort of back up until after their game against Chivas USA at home on Sunday.

It seems both teams blogs are saying the same thing: It's going to be a close one for both teams.

Yesterday an interesting story surfaced on dealing with the Portland Timbers and USMNT player Mix Diskerud and it shed some light on the continuing issues USMNT players are having with entering into MLS. Again Geoff Gibson has his take on the story.

...the selling points of playing in a mild climate, in front of the Timbers Army, and under the direction of coach Caleb Porter, were negated entirely by the refusal of the league to guarantee that Diskerud would actually get to do all those things. Without his consent, and without warning, he could be required to play in a hot and humid climate, in front of an empty stadium, under a coach with whom he was completely unfamiliar.

Something must be done to allow USMNT players to come back/to MLS without the arcane rules governing their entrance into the league. I understand why the rules were in place but does anyone still think that it's still necessary? I really think that all the rule does is hurt the league overall. Let's hope things change.

Saturday May 11th

I really hate to pimp my own stuff up here but I wanted to make everyone aware of what will be going on at the stadium before the game against DC United. The Dallas Beer Guardians will be hosting their Second Annual 3v3 Tournament on the grass field next to the tailgate area. We have teamed up with the Delete Blood Cancer organization, that helped make Chris Seitz a donor last year, to host a Donor Drive from 1-5 on Saturday. Please come out and register to be a donor and help support a great cause. All that is involved is filling out a piece of paper work and swabbing the inside of your cheek. There will be a drawing afterwards and some great footy action going on. Here's all the info:

Thanks as always and I look forward to seeing you all out at FC Dallas Stadium this week!