Toyota Stadium was briefly opened to the media ahead of FC Dallas’ CONCACAF Champions League semifinal matchup vs Pachuca. The team did warm up drills, sprints, stretching and keep away separated by defenders/mids, wingers/forwards, and reserves. Once warmups were complete, per CONCACAF regulations, we were not allowed to attend the rest of the training.
FC Dallas received a triple injury boost as Roland Lamah returned to training yesterday after a suspected hamstring injury. Paxton Pomykal also left the pitch injured on Saturday, and was back to full training today. The most encouraging of all was that Victor Ullola has returned to full training after a lengthy sports hernia injury.
Thoughts on Pachuca
Prior to the start of training, I caught up with defender Walker Zimmerman. When asked about how the team is feeling about the matchup, he said “Feeling good. I think we are in rhythm, we had two good results so far in MLS, and a good series against Arabe Unido in Panama, so I think right now we are confident. We’ve been playing well in 2017 and look to continue that tomorrow.”
The American followed up when asked about Pachuca having a weekend off and having more rest, he said “When it’s a home game in a two-legged series you’ve gotta take care of business on your home field. So first off, we are looking at this leg knowing this game is one we have to win.”
The national team debutant followed up with “Pachuca’s whole front six has really good movement, they kinda interchange some with the midfielders and forwards, so just being aware of when to pass guys onto our midfielders, and good with our communication on when to make that switch will be vital for our backline.”
FC Dallas kicks off Wednesday at 7:00 CST vs Liga MX powerhouse Pachuca. Stay tuned for info on how to watch, and post match content.