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Big D Soccer News Update August 2

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Back to the Emerald City and the USMNT win more than the Gold Cup.

Tom Pennington

FC Dallas head back to the Emerald City this weekend needing a win badly.

FC Dallas

Last weekend may have been a league bye week but FC Dallas still welcomed EPL side Stoke City (minus Brek Shea) to Frisco for the first time. While Stoke may have won the match 1-0, FC Dallas had the chance to roll out many of the young players we've all been screaming to see. FCDallas.com has all of the match highlights.

I don't think anyone should read to much into this match result. The brightest spots were by far youngster Danny Garcia and new signing Mauro Diaz. I know we only got about 20 minutes from Diaz but the minutes we saw him in he looked great. Sharp passing and great vision are the two things that have been touted about him and he didn't disappoint. I'm really excited for what he can bring to this team.

Scott Brown at fcdallas.com writes about HGP Garcia and how busy last week was for the youngster and also how much he impressed the FC Dallas staff. Coach Schellas Hyndman had encouraging things to say about Garcia.

“I think Danny Garcia is living up to our expectations of an Academy player,” head coach Schellas Hyndman said after the Reserves’ draw on Monday. “He went to [UNC] Chapel Hill for a year and I think playing there really helped his game on the physical side at the collegiate level. I think it also helped his game to be a two-way player and that’s one of the things we’re always looking for, is for our skillful players to have the work ethic to go along with [the skill].”

Garcia had some quality minutes this last week and is now showing why FCD made him their 11th Homegrown Player signing. With guys like Garcia, Woodberry, Acosta, and Baladez waiting in the wings the future looks to be bright for the Hoops.

FC Dallas will be holding another "Party at the Pub" get together this weekend at The Londoner Frisco with the festivities kicking off at 9. Yay late games...... As always there will be player appearances and prizes given away and (bizarrely) an England National Team shirt.

Know Thine Enemy

The Sounders sure had a hand in breaking Twitter last night with the wildfire that was "Dempsey to Sounders" rumors. Today though ESPN is reporting that Sigi Schmid has said that the Sounders have had no contact with Dempsey about a possible move.

Schmid said he has had no contact with Dempsey or his representatives, according to reports on Thursday.

“Not at this stage that I’m aware of. I know Clint, I’ve talked to him I follow his career, but there’s nothing there that I can say right now,” Schmid told Dave “Softy” Mahler on his weekly call-in on the 950 KJR show.

Prompted again by Mahler, Schmid would only say: “We’re always looking for good players. You can’t ever close the door on anything, but right now there is nothing that’s nailed down and concrete.”

So now please for the love of god can we please end "Dempsey Watch"? Ok good.

Of course one of the things that sparked the internet rumors was the announcement that the Sounders have agreed to a new contract with Shalrie Joseph which includes him moving out of a DP spot. MLSSoccer.com has the story.

On Thursday afternoon, the Sounders announced they have agreed to a new contract with Shalrie Joseph, and that the veteran midfielder would no longer occupy a DP slot. Seattle now have two Designated Players on the books in Mauro Rosales and Obafemi Martins.

While it won't be Dempsey filling the newly opened Designated Player spot it will be interesting to see who the Sounders get to fill it. Seattle is definitely an attractive spot for overseas players to come play in and they certainly have the cash to get a high profile name.

While FC Dallas is getting Blas Perez back from the Gold Cup this weekend, Seattle is also getting back USMNT forward (and former FCD man) Eddie Johnson. Jeremiah Oshan at MLSSoccer.com writes about Eddie's hope that his solid performance in the Gold Cup will get him out of his scoring funk with Seattle.

The Seattle Sounders forward had not scored in five straight club appearances, his team had gone 1-4-0 in those games and several of his teammates were out with injury. Johnson knew it was not the most opportune time to leave [for the Gold Cup].

But after scoring a couple goals and helping the US win their first continental title since 2007 – a squad Johnson also played on – he now suggests a break from his club team may have been just what he needed.

Let's hope that it takes Eddie more than one game to get his scoring going again in Seattle.

Don't miss Drew's weekly Know Your Enemy article over at FCDallas.com for a great breakdown of tomorrow's match up.

Schmid has seen his fair share of injuries this season. Currently the Sounders have a slew of players on the injury report including midfielders Shalrie Joseph (calf strain), Steve Zakuani (athletic pubalgia), and keeper Michael Gspurning (forearm sprain).

Other question marks include defender Djimi Troare and midfielder Andy Rose, both whom are dealing with a hamstring strain.

Let's hope that a banged up Sounders is the answer for FCD's 8 game winless (and 5 game goalless) streak.

SoundersFC.com also has their own Scouting Report up.