The Recent Results: Dallas was an enigma last year. They finished fifth in the West and missed the playoffs, yet they scored the third most goals in the league and ended the season in seventh in goals against. Basically, when they won, they kicked ass, but when they lost, they got beat by a single goal. They will need more tenacity in 2009.
The Man in Charge: I have a bone to pick here, and it has nothing to do with Schellas Hyndman. Well it does, sort of. His bio on the FC Dallas site still has no information. It’s not his fault, I know, but the organization needs to get it’s crap together. Hyndman needs to get his squad’s crap together too so they can finally compete for a MLS Cup.
On the Offensive: Kenny Cooper is “the Man” for the Hoops and he will continue to be unless he is dealt away. If that happens, Hyndman’s job will go from hard to impossible and they should just leave his bio unfinished because he will be gone soon. Yes, they also have Cunningham, McCarty and Ricchetti, but I don’t think they will be enough.
For the Defense: Drew Moor is one guy I really like on this team, and he has some other able defenders to help him on the backline, including Wagner. One player I have never really trusted though is goalie Dario Sala, and not just because he also studied law in Argentina for a little while. I just think he makes too many mental mistakes.
Movie They Resemble: This was a tough one, as I wanted to work their former nickname “The Burn” into it somehow, but eventually decided against it. So, I am going to say they are like Steel Magnolias. They are an ensemble cast who are misplaced in the South and they never really gel together. Plus, in the end, everyone will end up either dead, miserable, or Olympia Dukakis. I wish them the best in 2009, but I think FC Dallas will continue to wilt away.