Schellas XI: Ball finally bouncing Dallas' way
FRISCO, Texas - In this week's installment featuring Schellas Hyndman, the FC Dallas head coach addresses 11 topics in brevity, including FCD's rain-soaked win over the LA Galaxy, the rain delay and finally receiving some good fortune on the field.
I. Sunday evening’s game against the LA Galaxy saw not only FC Dallas win, but also an extensive rain delay that lasted for over an hour.
"I think the delay of the game helped us reorganize how we were handling [Paolo] Cardozo because he was giving us problems in the middle. My word to the players was that this is a good sign for us."
II-III. But there was some speculation on whether or not the game was going to be finished.
"Bruce [Arena] was asking to finish the game and I said, ‘Whatever you want Bruce,’ because I knew it wasn’t our decision.
"There were two talks coming from the league. The first thing was, 'You’ll play the game as long as there’s curfew in the stadium — and that was 11 o’clock; the other comment was, 'You have two hours to get the game in and hopefully that window of opportunity will be there for you to come out.'"
IV. So what if the game was not able to restart?
"The game would have been terminated as a tie."
V-VI. After the long delay, midfielder Brek Shea scored the game-winner, clearly surprising Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts with a swerving shot from outside the 18-yard box.
"Great goal. We watched it again today. It was very, very obvious that it wasn’t a blind kick. He got the ball, he looked up, he looked back at the ball and he looked up again. Now, whether he was crossing it and it was mis-crossed into the goal or it was a perfect chip ball to the far post, I’ll leave it with him to describe it."
WATCH: Shea's swerving goal
VII. Shea’s goal finally gave FC Dallas a run of good fortune after enduring some early season pains.
"I think a lot of things have gone against us. If you want to talk about the first game, a red card on Brek and then Jair [Benítez] wasn’t able to play. Then we go to Columbus and a red card on Jackson Gonçalves. Then David [Ferreira] getting injured and now Jair is injured. The ball really hasn’t bounced right, but I thought in this game, it was starting to bounce right."
IX-X. Fortunately, Benítez’s injury won’t require an extended period of time away from the game.
"We are very aggressive in trying to address injuries and get information. There is nothing structurally that we understand is wrong.
"There is going to be some time to recover, rehab and then some mobility, so we have no idea what that prognosis is going to be. I asked him if we needed to put up the tent so he could be cooler and he said by the time you get the tent up, he will practicing again."
XI. Forward Fabián Castillo scored his first MLS goal and celebrated by showing the fans a Ferreira jersey.
"I think he is extremely happy to be here and we all saw the celebration. He wanted to make a point about David to be remembered, and the guy is only 18 years old, so he has a huge future in front of him."