As they get ready to play the New England Revolution, FC Dallas has a disappointing 1-2-1 record. Their frustrations on the field have been the result of bad news off the field. David Ferreira will be out for the match against the New England Revolution, and several weeks thereafter. Fabian Castillo and Brek Shea have appeared inconsistently due to injuries, but could return to play for FC Dallas, to the New England Revolution's dismay. April 5, 2012, when they face the New England Revolution, FC Dallas will have a chance to regroup as a team and turn their 2012 MLS season around.
Where Have FC Dallas' Players Been?
Thus far into the 2012 MLS season, FC Dallas has not known who would be on the field for them. David Ferreira and Fabian Castillo's injuries have left their status in limbo. Brek Shea's injury in the home opener against New York was unexpected. Jonathan Top, Brek Shea and other trainees have been called away from FC Dallas at times, to join national teams. These injuries and calls have left FC Dallas with different lineups, which coach Schellas Hyndman attributes part of the team's frustration to.
FC Dallas' Lineup
Tuesday, two days before meeting the New England Revolution, FC Dallas received news regarding the team's most serious injury: David Ferreira will be out for weeks. David Ferreira underwent surgery, and rehab will be at least six weeks long. Also recently, the U.S. men's team failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Therefore, Brek Shea should be able to play for FC Dallas more throughout this 2012 MLS Season.
FC Dallas v. New England Revolution
This news is disheartening, for both FC Dallas fans and U.S. Soccer fans. Yet, it means FC Dallas will have a more consistent lineup, beginning with their game against the New England Revolution. In the coming weeks, David Ferreira will not play with FC Dallas. The New England Revolution will not have to face him, but FC Dallas will also know what they have to do during preparation. The same will be true for other 2012 MLS matches.
In their match against the New England Revolution, FC Dallas has an opportunity to regroup as a team. FC Dallas is coming home, for the first time in several weeks. Fans will be there to welcome them, as well as the Budweiser Clydesdales. If they beat New England, FC Dallas could have a solid foundation and momentum for the rest of the 2012 MLS season.
Scott Brodie lives in Dallas. He enjoys playing soccer and watching FC Dallas compete in the 2012 MLS season.
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