Can Hyndman bring glory to Dallas?
This latest coaching move by FC Dallas had better work out. Otherwise, short of spending tens of millions to lure
In this decade, the club has employed American-born coaches (
And it hasn't even reached MLS Cup, much less won it. Why?
What it hasn't done is opt for stability and continuity, supposedly the staples of success in pro sports, and especially when it comes to coaching. Morrow lasted less than a season and a half, and his .500 record (15-15-8) over that span didn't convince team executives
By exercising their power, however, the Hunts have wedged team GM
To deliver on that promise, Hitchcock must rely on Hyndman, the man he passed over in favor of Morrow, whose decision to anchor his back line with former Mexican international
Hyndman's career at SMU mirrors somewhat that of FC Dallas: an excellent record (368-98-38), yet just two trips to the final four and no championships in 24 seasons. And he's already expressed his preference for a four-man back line, which probably means more adjustments and changes to defenders and the midfield as well.
Where Hyndman might help FCD is mentally and psychologically. His training in martial arts (advanced degree black belt in karate) is steeped in mental toughness, as former SMU defender
"The mental side of the game, concentrating every minute and every second, never losing your focus, that's where Schellas helped me the most to become a professional," said Ihemelu. "He's pretty intense, well, really intense, himself and he wants that in his players."
In recent seasons, FCD has not lacked for determined, zealous players, but it has suffered from frozen lobes at critical times, as per
Let's not forget, either, how Dallas fell to Colorado in the '05 playoffs, losing on penalties after a 2-2 tie during which is played with a man advantage for 73 minutes following the ejection of
Bad luck or bad brains? You make the call.
The new boss ain't like the old boss, but it's his boss, not him, who's on the hot seat.
Hyndman, being the Hunts' choice, will surely get more time than Morrow unless he proves to be a complete debacle, so if FCD Dallas isn't at Home Depot Center this November for MLS Cup 2008, the next major change will be aimed a few rungs higher on the accountability ladder.