Last Update: CONCACAF U-20 Championship Stats: 11-Nov 11:00am
It’s back by a plurality vote! Now that it is the offseason, there will be less happen with our beloved FC Dallas through the academy teams and our younger homegrowns will be busy. Here’s a look at some of the things that have been happening in the past week.
Anibal Chala’s time at FC Dallas comes to an end
Sam Stejskal from mlssoccer.com had a phone interview with FC Dallas President Dan Hunt on Thursday. Sam asked Dan Hunt about Anibal Chala and if he would come back. Dan Hunt informed him that the loan to LDU Quito became a permanent transfer.
Spoke with FC Dallas president and owner Dan Hunt earlier. One bit of news from our convo: Anibal Chala is no longer with FCD. He's permanently with Ecuadoran club LDU Quito, where he'd been on loan for basically his entire Dallas tenure. Ex-young DP didn't play a minute in MLS.
— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) November 8, 2018
The story of Anibal Chala is such an interesting story. He never registered a single minute with the team. If my memory serves right, I think he made the bench only one time in a competitive match. Additionally, he was signed as a young DP. One of the most interesting “players” for FC Dallas that never played for the team.
Reggie Cannon, Carlos Gruezo, and Maynor Figueroa get called into USMNT, La Tricolor, and Los Catrachos
On Tuesday, Reggie Cannon earned his second call-up to the USMNT as the will take on England and Italy in their next upcoming friendlies. Carlos Gruezo was called into the Ecuadorian National Team on Wednesday as they will face Peru and Panama for their upcoming friendlies. Figueroa will captain the Honduran team against Panama and Chile.
This is great for all three players to get the chance to play for their respective national teams. This will certainly help Reggie make his case for a future USMNT great. For Carlos Gruezo, this should help raise his profile if he has his sights on a return to Europe and this would be a good time for him to make his return. For Figueroa, it will be great for him to play for his country again. I don’t think he will get much play time but will look to lead the upcoming Honduran players for the national team. It could very sentimental as I also think that Maynor’s playing career is coming to an end.
Brandon Servania, Paxton Pomykal, & Adonijah Reid quest for the U-20 World Cup.
Paxton Pomykal and Brandon Servania are representing the United States while Adonijah Reid is representing his native Canada. Paxton has played 5 games and earned himself 3 goals Brandon has 2 goals in 3 games, and Reid has 1 goal in 5 games.
Paxton and Brandon will move onto the knockout stage of the tournament. Reid’s tournament came to an end but he did put up a good showing. I think this is invaluable experience for these guys. I do expect Paxton to regularly be in the 18 at least with Brandon breaking in as well. Reid will get great play time with our USL team. The future is bright if we play this kids. Brandon, Paxton, and the US Team will take on Honduras and Costa Rica in two game will the top two teams in the group qualifying for the 2019 U-20 World Cup.
FCD USL League One team is coming in 2019
FCD Dallas announced last Friday that they will be joining the inaugural League One season in 2019. This is wonderful news as many fans want to “play the kids” and this definitely gives them the chance to do so. Many were expecting Paxton to break into the lineup this year though his play time was limited. I would expect this team to serve as a front for our draft picks, recent homegrown signings, and generation Adidas players to get some play time and really get quality coaching and minutes with the club.
FC Dallas falls out of the playoffs ending a season with mixed feelings
It came down to Halloween and things did not go as desired for FC Dallas. Two mistakes and dreadful finishing were the culprits that haunted and prevented FC Dallas from moving on into the playoffs. The season did have its highs and lows and there is much that you can take away from it. The season is over and there is much that the club will look to do in the offseason.
The boys took on RGV FC Toros this week as the results turned out to be favorable.
FC Dallas U-19 vs. RGC FC Toros U-19: 5-2
FC Dallas U-17 vs. RGC FC Toros U-17: 8-0
FC Dallas U-15 vs. RGC FC Toros U-15: 1-1
Heres a look at the standings
The girls academy took on the in state rivals the Houston Dash this weekend and we were not to be bested.
FC Dallas U-19 vs. Houston Dash U-19: 3-0
FC Dallas U-17 vs. Houston Dash U-17: 2-0
FC Dallas U-16 vs. Houston Dash U-16: 2-2
FC Dallas U-15 vs. Houston Dash U-15: 2-0
FC Dallas U-14 vs. Houston Dash U-14: 1-1
FC Dallas U-13 vs. Houston Dash U-13: 3-0
Heres a look at the standings
Other Related News
The Dallas Beer Garden make their thoughts known to the higher echelons of the FC Dallas Front Office
Thursday afternoon, FC Dallas’ largest supporters group penned a letter to FC Dallas and the Front Office voicing their opinions on their discontent with how the club is run. The open letter can be found here.
This had definitly gotten the FC Dallas Twitter Sphere all riled up. Everyone has their opinion and their right to voice their opinion. I think that this is significant because if your club’s biggest supportors group is going to be very vocal and discontent with the club the support, club ownership has to have taken notice. From the perspective of a fan, this is really cool and great as it looks like the club can move slow at times and make some questionable decisions. Though, it would be very nice to have the perspective and some commentary from the Front Office with the fans. I think that open communication from the club would help allivated greviances on both sides. Clarity and open communication is not just an issue with FC Dallas but MLS and other clubs as well. Naturally, I have at least a million (or maybe more) on this topic but to voice some thoughts is for another article.
Christian Cappis earned his first professional contract
This morning, Christain Cappis signed his first professional contract with Hobro IK in the Danish League
— Hobro IK (@hikfodbold) November 6, 2018
Unfortunately, FC Dallas was unable to sign him due to homegrown territory rights as he is from the Houston area and technically, the Houston Dynamo have first dibs on him. This is still great news for him and our academy. Maybe one day we will see him back here.
Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Neil Davidson