Hyndman to travel with Generation adidas team
FRISCO, Texas — On Monday, FC Dallas
head coach Schellas Hyndman will depart for Spain, where he will coach the
Generation adidas team during its almost 10 days there. That club will face the
reserve sides from such La Liga giants as Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid while
also getting to catch several first-team matches in person, including one
between Real Madrid and Valencia.
“It’s a terrific
honor,” Hyndman told MLSsoccer.com by phone on Friday. “They contacted me six
weeks ago and asked me if I’d be interested in doing that. Of course, it’s
great to be thought about and it’s definitely something I wanted to do.”
He will have at
least three familiar faces on the trip as three FCD players – forward Peri
Marosevic, midfielder Brek Shea and forward Andrew Wiedeman – will represent
the Texas side on the trip.
Shea, who had
five goals and four assists for FCD in 2010, was slated to go last year but was
unable to make it because of an injury.
“He had to miss
it last year because he had knee surgery,” Hyndman said. “We had a few players
who weren’t able to go because they had previous engagements; they had to take
care of surgery, down time or whatever. I asked Brek if he would be interested
in coming with us and he said absolutely. So, we’re glad to have him with us.”
The junket will
be invaluable for Marosevic and Wiedeman – neither player saw the field for FCD
this year. Marosevic was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 SuperDraft while
Wiedeman was a second-round choice in the in 2010.
But the players
won’t be the only familiar faces coming to Spain with Hyndman. Goalkeeping
coach Drew Keeshan will also make the trip along with equipment manager Marcus
Owens and head athletic trainer Josh Watts.
Hyndman said. “They’re busy guys setting schedules up. When I went to them,
they were both very appreciative but also very anxious to do it.”
The trip is set
to conclude on Dec. 9 when the contingent is set to depart Spain and return
stateside. But that won’t be the end of the FCD manager’s travels as the
following day, he plans on being in Santa Barbara, Calif., for the final
game of the 2010 NCAA Men’s College Cup.
“It’s going to
be a busy couple of weeks for me,” Hyndman said.