Three games into the 2011-2012 Texas Division U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, most teams are still trying to get their feet underneath them. The FC Dallas U18 squad today was without Michael Ambrose and Jonathan Top. Both players were with FC Dallas Reserve in Colorado playing against the Rapids this morning. The first 20+ minutes of the game involved a generous volume of unforced giveaways by Lonestar SC. That generosity was reciprocate by FCD’s inability to punish LSC on their mistakes. Finally, a goal from an uncontested run down the middle resulted a worm burner of a shot by Flavio Guzman. After the goal, FCD’s energy began to level and Lonestar SC started to link passes together. Both teams are still works in progress. Texas Rush transfer Kekuta Manneh had a miserable time with FC Dallas defense. Lonestar SC looks to be lacking a creative force to link with the two forwards. Not a good day by Kekuta in front of the visiting Arsenal scout. The game ended 1-0, FC Dallas.
A Couple of notes:
Look for an interview by Ralph Mak of Dallas Chinese News with FC Dallas Zhuang Jiajie. Zhuang Jiajie is staying with a host family and is thought highly by FC Dallas. Zhuang Jiajie is adjusting to the fitness level needed at the professional level. His goal is to make it onto the 30 man roster for next season.
U.S. Soccer will be announcing the U20 and U23 coaches in the coming weeks. Barring any last minutes changes, it looks like Oscar Pareja will remain with FC Dallas. Stay tune as news break on the new hires and possible changes in the U.S. Youth Development Program.
New additions on the way. The new affiliation with Texas Fire Soccer from El Paso will pay immediate dividends for the FC Dallas Academy program. Several players from Texas FS and Mexicas have been invited to move and join the FCD academy program in Frisco.