Frustrated Marcelin adjusting to role with FC Dallas squad

James Marcelin with FCD

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Erik Davila

FRISCO, Texas — FC Dallas have yet to win a game in their last six matches and the newest member of the team is not happy with the way things have been going since he arrived. 

“I work very hard, and I don’t like to lose,” James Marcelin told MLSsoccer.com “When I lose, I shut it down. I want us to focus all the time so we can do better.”

Marcelin was signed by FC Dallas earlier this month from the Portland Timbers to help fill a void caused by injuries to several midfielders including Ricardo Villar and David Ferreira. He was immediately used as a substitute just two days after arriving and earned his first start against Seattle.

“James is basically playing his way right now,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “He’s not falling into the team shape or the demands of his position. I really feel like he will get better as we work with him more.” 

The Haitian midfielder is still trying to get acclimated to his new squad and is determined to get things turned around by getting back into top physical form.  

“I only trained two times before I came to Dallas so I just have to get my shape back," Marcelin said. "I have to get a feel of the team and the play of the team. I play defensive midfield, but anywhere coach wants to put me, I’ll play it. I know I will get better with my shape, and I will perform better.”

For right now, Marcelin said he is enjoying the change of scenery and will do his best to create chemistry and camaraderie with his new teammates in order to get a better understanding of the way the team communicates on the field. 

“I’m trying to get to know everybody and get settled down,” Marcelin added. “We don’t really do 11-on-11 practices, but I’m trying to get to know all the players.”