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Big D Soccer News Update August 9

The slump continued last weekend but the Hoops take on the Galaxy this weekend with a few new faces in the lineup. Will that be enough to get the train moving again for FC Dallas?

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Tom Pennington

FC Dallas have had a rough go of things lately but will look to right the ship this Sunday against Donovan, Keane, and the rest of the LA Galaxy.

FC Dallas

Well Hoops fans it's certainly been a tough couple of months as the scoring/win streak agonizingly continued Last Saturday in Seattle with a 3-0 loss in the Emerald City. If you're a masochist you can find Jeremiah Oshan's Match Recap at FCDallas.com.

Dallas managed to move the ball reasonably well, but found actual chances hard to come by. Of Dallas’ four first-half shots, none were on target and Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, making his first MLS start in 14 years, didn’t have much to do.

Although Dallas looked a bit more dangerous in the second half, they still didn’t manage to put a single shot on frame. Their only real chance to get on the scoreboard came in the 69th minute when recently acquired midfielder Mauro Diaz dribbled into the penalty area and fired a shot just wide of the net. Diaz also whistled a ball over the crossbar on a free kick that proved to be the final play of the match.

Watching social media it seems that this was the game that broke the supporters back as many people are calling for a Schellas ouster. What do you guys think?

The one bright spot in this game was new signing Mauro Diaz making his first league appearance for FC Dallas. Diaz got in 45 of work last Saturday and created some of the only chances that FCD had all night. FCDallas.com's Daniel Robertson wrote about the promising young Argentinians debut.

Diaz had FCD's best chance of the match in the 69th minute of the match twisting and turning the Seattle defense before sending a shot just wide. While the Argentine is not necessarily here to score the goals rather than provide them, it was a warning shot to MLS suggesting a bright future could be ahead for the 22-year-old.

I can't stress how excited I am to see this kid get some quality minutes in. I'm hoping that he could even push DF10 to be better than he has been this year. I'd like to say he can't be any worse than what we've seen the last 2 months but I don't want to jinx it.

Speaking of new signings, Matt Barbour is reporting on MLSSoccer.com that new signing Erick will be dressed and available to play on Sunday against the Galaxy. Erick said something to the media that should make those of us who have been screaming for a 4-4-2 very happy.

"Back when I played in Portugal, I played in a [4-4-2] diamond," Erick relayed through an interpreter. "I played with two people [in the central midfield] where I had more of the defensive role between two guys where one would transition and step up and the other would give him coverage. I’m already comfortable with that from my previous team."

Could Erick be the player that allows this team to open up and start scoring goals again? With Cooper and Blas up top together could we finally start to see Cooper's goal tally rise to the levels we had all hoped? Keep your fingers crossed.

David Ferrieira was the newest member to join the FC Dallas Century club last weekend as the Hoops capitain played his 100th game in red and white. Daniel Robertson has the story about the impact DF10 has had on the field and with his teammates.

There haven’t been a lot of happy moments recently as Dallas looks to pull themselves out of a nine-game winless streak, but if there’s anyone who has the character to lead FCD out of the slump, it’s their blonde-haired talisman David Ferreira.

"There’s no doubt about it, I definitely think we can turn this around," said Ferreira. "We have a great and strong team full of talented players. There’s still time, I think we have what it takes. It’s been a rough few matches, but with hard work and dedication we can turn it around and bring positive results."

Daniel also sat down with the captain for his Century Club Q & A.

What's your favorite memory with FC Dallas?

I can’t pick just one, I have two favorites. Winning the MVP award in 2010 and making the MLS Cup Final.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Texas?

Definitely the people in Texas. They’re all very friendly and welcoming.

We’ve got to ask about the blonde hair. What was the motivation behind that?

There wasn’t really a huge motivation, I just wanted to try it to see how it looked and have a change of image. It’s been a very successful change and it’s made me more famous these last few days, it’s funny how it turned out. My wife wasn’t very happy with the change and didn’t accept it at first but she came around.

For those who want a reminder of the good times here's the DF10 highlight reel.

Let's hope David can inspire the team to it's old ways this Sunday.

Know Thine Enemy

Sunday will be the third meeting this season between FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy with the series split 1-1 so far. The last time the teams met the end result did not fall the way of the Hoops with a 2-0 loss in Los Angeles.

The Galaxy are fresh off of a 4th place showing in the Guinness International Champions Cup. The Galaxy lost their 3rd place game 2-1 to AC Milan. Lagalaxy.com writer Adam Serrano has the full write up about the Galaxy's showing in the ICC Tournament.

Many expected the LA Galaxy to be bringing up the rear in the Guinness International Champions Cup, but instead, the Galaxy were able to earn a respectable fourth place finish at the tournament, which included a 3-1 victory over 29-time Serie A title-holders Juventus at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

In all three matches, the Galaxy were able to stand toe-to-toe with illustrious opponents Real Madrid, Juventus, and AC Milan. What makes that idea most impressive is that LA’s reserve players like Kofi Opare, Jose Villarreal, and Brian Rowe gave some of the best team’s showings. Whether it was Opare’s late block on Stephan El Shaaraway in the 2-0 defeat to AC Milan or Jose Villarreal’s wonder strike against Madrid, the Galaxy’s youngsters shined in the ICC.

The ICC Tournament saw the first minutes for the Galaxy's newest addition in Panamanian National Team Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and as Adam Serrano writes the keeper is excited to be playing for the 4 time MLS champions.

Fresh off a successful run at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup that saw him lead Panama to the tournament final while winning the Golden Gloves award for the competition’s top ‘keeper, Penedo is eager to get to work with LA.

"I’m very happy in all honesty. It’s a privilege to be part of such a great club in MLS. I hope to succeed at this level," Penedo told reporters following the club’s training session at Florida International University that he turned down offers in Mexico and Europe to join LA. "I expect good things. I’m a big fan of hard work and doing things the right way. I hope to integrate myself well into the team."

While watching the Gold Cup I wondered how long it would be before someone in MLS would grab him up and it didn't take long. He probably won't play against FCD on Sunday but you never know.

US National Teams

Speaking of the LA Galaxy, a report has come out that when Landon Donovan's contract is up at the end of the year he may end up back in Europe. Alex Labidou has the story at Goal.com.

A source close to the Los Angeles Galaxy and United States star revealed to Goal that the 31-year-old has received serious interest from European clubs and is evaluating his options at this stage. Donovan has had prior brief stints on the continent with Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Everton. With less than six months remaining on his current MLS deal, Donovan is free to sign with any club outside of the league on a pre-contract.

"I can share with you that multiple clubs in multiple European countries [have reached out to Donovan]," the source told Goal.

Don't the "Donovan to Europe" rumors pop up every year? I guess we'll see but I wouldn't hold my breath that he'll leave LA.

Clint Dempsey isn't the only USMNT player to be making a switch this summer. It was anounced yesterday that Alejandro Bedoya has signed with Ligue 1 side FC Nantes. Story via ESPNFC.com.

Bedoya will be the only American playing in Ligue 1 this season and the first to appear in France since Charlie Davies played for Sochaux in February 2012.

He helped the U.S. win the Gold Cup final last month but has not played in any World Cup qualifiers this year.

Nantes, who last won the Ligue 1 title in 2001, finished third in Ligue 2 last season to earn promotion to the top flight.

I'm glad to see him move to a bigger Eropean league and Ligue 1 may be a perfect place for the talented Bedoya. Certainly better than the Swedish Allsvensk-whateverit'scalled.

Wednesday night USWNT player Alex Morgan was forced out of her club game with Portland Thorns after 10 minutes with a knee injury. Liviu Bird at Pro Soccer Talk is reporting that (thankfully) the injury is not as bad as it first appeared and Morgan should only miss about 4 weeks.

United States women’s national team star forward Alex Morgan sustained a mild medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain in her left knee that led to her being stretchered off during Portland Thorns FC’s 2-1 loss to the Boston Breakers on Wednesday, the Thorns announced today.

She is expected to miss between two and four weeks of action, but there should be no lasting damage from the awkward landing. Immediately after leaving the game in the eighth minute, Morgan was taken to an on-site trainer’s area for examination before going to the locker room and emerging with a stabilizing knee brace on her left leg.

"It’s a relief that there is no significant damage to my knee," Morgan said in a club release. "I will do everything in my power between now and Aug. 24 in order to be available for the playoffs and to win the championship."

While an injury is never a good thing at least this won't put Alex out for an extended period of time. No idea if she'll be able to go on Sept. 3rd against Mexico. Stay tuned for more info on that.

As always thanks for stopping by and giving us a read. If you haven't gotten your tickets for Sunday's game yet head over here, grab a few, and get your butt to Frisco.