Papi on Diaz, Dynamo

FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja reflected on what the week of practice and what the rivalry means to him against Houston. The Colombian never had the chance to play against Houston during his days as a player in Dallas, but knows the importance of rivalry games for his team especially with Houston in the west now.

“It adds importance playing a derby inside the conference,” he said. “People can enjoy the rivalry and it adds importance.”

Practice Report – April 30, 2015

practice report bumperThursday practice with a twist

Since this team has played a few Friday games already and how frequent they have been lately, this team has got into a groove handling the practice. It also helps this team has an extra day of rest compared to Houston. For the most part, the team did their usual thing which is working on set pieces and play a few games. The only thing that was different was that they worked on one-time passes through the middle.
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Player Ratings – April 29, 2015

A point on the road is generally a good thing – unless it could very well have been three and a mistake cost the team a very real chance at it.
Starters

Dan Kenney – 7. This was a very good first outing for the Californian. In his first game in goal for Dallas, he made some key saves, on top of the usual good job that Seitz does in terms of organizing at the back and good positioning and distribution.

Around The League – MLS Preview Capsules

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Another week of MLS action is upon us, starting with a lone game tonight that accompanies the Montreal Impact’s CONCACAF Champions League final. The weekend includes a Cascadia Clash and the Texas Derby, as well as two Eastern Conference clashes that might help settle things at the top. Continue reading

After The Smoke Clears – April 29, 2015

after the smoke clearsWe took a little more time this week because there was a little more smoke than in weeks previous. There were some big pluses and minuses in this week’s game against Colorado to work through and we wanted to make sure we had a good handle on them.

The Game

Dan Kennedy, Kellyn Acosta and Mauro Diaz started the game in a significant change from Pareja. Early on, Dallas had to weather some legitimate pressure from the Rapids and it took a little luck and a little greatness from Kennedy to keep the ball out of the back of the net. Continue reading

Akindele Ready For Houston

With FC Dallas awaiting the results of an appeal of the red card that Panamanian striker, Blas Perez picked up against the Colorado Rapids, it looks likely that 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele will get the start at striker.

The Colorado native is ready for the opportunity.

The Original MLS Power Rankings – April 28, 2015

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Forgive us for a moment as we take some time to go into some of our methodology a bit. Feel free to skip this if you so choose, but every once in a while, we think there is value in explaining a little of why we do things the way we do.

The nice thing is, we now have some pretty clear signs of stratification. A couple of spankings will do that. We still have some verdicts out – such as Columbus. I mean, they are beating up on teams, but they are poor teams. But New England 4, Real Salt Lake 0 is a pretty clear message. And to the Crew’s credit, they have been consistent in their whippings.
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Conversation With The Captain – April 28, 2015

FC Dallas center back and captain Matt Hedges only played in 64 minutes this week before leaving the game with a bloody nose, but with a man down, the team was able to secure one […]

Around The League – MLS Recaps

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In the highest scoring weekend of MLS action this year, four teams scored four goals, the only other time that happened? Exactly 17 years ago in 1998, according to Paul Carr of ESPN. Continue reading

Practice Report: April 27, 2015

Only one player missing Only one player who is not injured was missing. Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez was not there as he was called up to the Mexico U-20 team. Gonzalez was not able to go […]