Red, White and Blues began a year ago today
Okay, blogiversary isn’t really a word, but that’s part of the fun of blogging – you can make up words and there’s no editor to stop you! Unfortunately, that’s also the downside – there’s no one around to stop you from sounding dumb. Unless you run it by your wife first, which I’ve done on many occasion over this first year of RW&B. I didn’t run blogiversary by her. Probably should have.
Anyway, I’m taking a short break from soccer writing today to say thank you to all who have stopped by to check out the blog this year! Thank you also to those who have posted comments, “followed” the blog, “liked” a post, or all three. This has been a fun way to exercise part of my brain and I hope you’ve enjoyed the occasional post. Please continue to stop by when you’re on the information superhighway and bear with me in my effort to develop this tiny slice of digi-real estate.
My how quickly things change. A year ago today Chelsea hadn’t even hired Andre Villas-Boas yet, Bob Bradley was still the U.S. coach, and FC Dallas was near the top of the Western Conference! Looking forward to covering another great year of soccer…
(*Frank Lampard doesn’t actually endorse Red, White and Blues. Or even know it exists.)
FC Dallas Coach Schellas Hyndman talks about team’s discipline
A few days ago I wrote about FC Dallas’ penchant for earning red cards this season, the latest offender being Jair Benitez who was booked against Houston Dynamo last Saturday. Reckless on-field behavior, including red cards last month by Daniel Hernandez and Blas Perez, and a retroactive league suspension for Brek Shea, have kicked the team when it’s already down with an unbelievable number of injuries. The cards have been extremely unwise (to put it nicely) given the club’s injury predicament and position in the Western Conference standings (currently last). It made me seriously wonder what is going on leadership-wise at FCD.
Anyway, check out this interesting admission from Coach Schellas Hyndman posted on the club’s website yesterday…
It’s good to hear Coach Hyndman alarmed at the team’s lack of mental discipline, though I’m surprised there wasn’t already a disciplinary policy (fine, suspension, etc.) in place. Anyway, it sounds like he’s ready to clamp down on this red card issue. I just hope it’s not too little too late.
What do you think FC Dallas should do to improve their mental discipline?
Hernandez & Perez lack common sense in 2-0 loss to Colorado
FC Dallas has had an awful start to the 2012 MLS season. Not so much in terms of points (12 so far from 10 games, in 6th place in the Western Conference), but because of injuries. The injured list is so ridiculously long that the club had to bring in an extra player last week (former Timbers man James Marcelin) to augment the weakened squad. It’s a nightmare scenario for manager Schellas Hyndman, as even Brek Shea missed Sunday night’s home clash with Colorado due to turf toe issues.
Knowing the team is scraping to get by, veteran (and former captain) Daniel Hernandez received two yellow cards in short succession, earning himself an early trip to the showers, all in the first half hour against Colorado. Two minutes after the Hernandez ejection, new FCD forward Blas Perez received a red card for a bone-headed, cleats up collision with the Rapids’ Drew Moor. Suddenly, with nearly an hour of the match remaining, Dallas had nine players and little chance of winning an important match.
The Perez red card might’ve been debatable, but it was probably deserved. Hernandez’s two yellows were certainly deserved. They were both very petty offenses committed by veteran players who should know better.
The Hernandez cards were particularly problematic because he received the first one for mouthing off at the ref. It was ridiculous, immature, and unacceptable behavior from one of the team leaders. Hernandez is a tough dude and has been a solid midfielder for Dallas the past few seasons, but he is too mouthy, and this time it is really going to cost his team. Hernandez has earned two red cards already this season. He seems to have lost a step, which has made him prone to irrational challenges. He would be much better suited to a substitute role this season, but Dallas’ current injury situation makes that difficult.
The Perez challenge was very unwise considering that Hernandez had just been ejected. Perez seemed to be a great acquisition at the season’s start, but I’d like to see more goals and fewer off-the-ball shenanigans from him. Just play the game!
The mental lapse of two players with so much experience hurts Dallas during a crucial week with Seattle visiting on Wednesday and a trip to Columbus Saturday. Having lost to Colorado, these next two matches are even more important. The ejections were also a slap in the face to FC Dallas fans that didn’t pay to see the team limp their way through an hour of the match with nine men (as valiant as they were) on their way to a 2-0 defeat.
What do you think? Am I being too harsh with these red card criticisms?