For FC Dallas, the month of May has been a nightmare. Their tie against Philadelphia Union has provided their single point of the month. The match between FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake on May 26, 2012 is one last chance for a win, but I am not holding my breath. Any glimmer of hope I had for FC Dallas' season is quickly fading, as I continue to hear excuses and frustration from Coach Schellas Hyndman.
FC Dallas' Injuries
I want to be fair to Hyndman, as it has been a season of injuries. Against Chicago Fire, FC Dallas was face with yet another injury. I understand George John had to leave the field at halftime, because of a potential concussion. Still, I am tired of hearing about the team's injuries. The very first piece I wrote about FC Dallas this season, which was well before their regular season started, revolved around David Ferreira's injury. Five months later, I am still hearing the woes of injuries. They can be devastating, but I want to hear from the head coach about how the team is resolved to overcome any adversity they face, including injuries.
FC Dallas is Getting Emotional
As devastating as the injuries are, I am more concerned about the frustration that is felt throughout the organization. After the match between FC Dallas and Chicago Fire on May 23, 2012, Coach Hyndman had this to say: "I'm frustrated, I think the word we all use and we used it at halftime and at the end of the game, we should be pissed. Because we are giving everything we have, we're in the game and we can't overcome our own mistakes so we should be pissed."
Although Hyndman followed these remarks with comments about continuing to fight and play good soccer, the sense of frustration worries me. Strong emotions are often beneficial in sports, but not frustration. Athletes who are frustrated lose focus and do not perform to their abilities. If the team cannot control their emotions, it will not matter how many injuries they face. If they remain frustrated, the rest of the season could look like May did.
Sources:Coach Schellas Hyndman's Remarks
Scott Brodie lives in Dallas. He enjoys playing soccer and watching FC Dallas compete in MLS.
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