Emerson Hyndman’s play for Fulham’s youth side last season had American fans salivating at the prospect of watching him compete for a spot with the Premier League side this year, but the Cottagers relegation has the 18-year-old in the starting lineup.
Fulham has started the Championship campaign 0-2, but Hyndman has featured and shown well enough in both losses. Now with Wolverhampton on the radar for a Wednesday night match, Hyndman is looking to play a big part in the club’s first three points of the season.
And in the process, he’s hoping to earn the trust of noted disciplinarian Felix Magath.
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An old head on young shoulders, Hyndman gave another cultured display in the middle of the park on Saturday. He was joined by fellow Academy graduates Jesse Joronen, Cameron Burgess, Lasse Vigen Christensen and George Williams in Magath’s starting XI.
“The more I play, the more I feel comfortable,” stated Hyndman. “It’s still early days and we’re still getting used to each other as a new group.
“I want the Manager to trust me. I’m young but I try my hardest to be professional and I hope that’s what he sees.
“It’s great to be playing alongside these younger guys in the First Team as I’ve been playing with them for the last two years. When you look at the way we’ve been playing, okay not the results, but it’s only good for the future.”
The Cottagers could really use a win against Wolves on Wednesday, but read the whole article and you’ll be impressed with the maturity of Hyndman’s comments. Perhaps it’s no surprise given his father Schellas’ coaching acumen — granddad coached FC Dallas — but Hyndman is a promising prospect to watch.
We’ve written about Fulham U-21 starlet Emerson Hyndman before, most recently as an opponent for Tab Ramos’ US U-20 team at the Dallas Cup.
But if he keeps putting up performances like he did Monday against Chelsea in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup final, we’re going to be typing his name a whole lot more.
Praised by Fulham’s web site as a “chief midfield orchestrator,” Hyndman did just that on Monday. He set up a goal and scored another as the Cottagers surged ahead of the Blues with a 3-2 win at Craven Cottage.
Here’s what FulhamFC.com had to say about the son of former FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman:
Persistence by O’Halloran saw him win a corner off Ssewankambo and Hyndman’s set-piece was met by Dembélé who powered a header past Collins from six yards.
Chelsea almost went immediately back in front but Rodàk saved from Dasilva and Fulham went straight down the other and scored. Hyndman picked up the ball in the middle of the park and with no tackle forthcoming moved forward and let fly. His effort took a deflection off Christensen to totally wrong-foot Collins and go in off the post.
It was 3-1 to Fulham in the 78th minute.
And if you think the glowing praise is simply home-cooking from the Fulham site, here’s what Chelsea had to say about Hyndman’s goal:
A promising individual run from Emerson Hyndman fashioned a sight at goal and the midfielder’s left-footed drive beat Collins via the inside of the near post and thanks to a fortuitous deflection off the back of the blocking Christensen.
English writers: they do well with the English language.
The second leg comes May 5 at Stamford Bridge.
After his sudden and shocking departure from Colorado, we now have confirmation on why.
FC Dallas have announced that Oscar Pareja is officially their new head coach.
After a successful midfield career at Dallas that saw him spend seven years and make 170 league appearances, Pareja will now take charge of the team on the touchline.
It seems like the job he’s wanted for some time now. Pareja asked but was refused permission to interview for this very position in November. He spent five years in the backroom staff at Dallas. And now he’s in charge.
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The club went 84 days since the removal of Schellas Hyndman marked the end of a stark downward trend at the end of the 2013 season.
“We are thrilled to welcome Oscar back to FC Dallas as head coach,” FC Dallas Chairman Clark Hunt said. “In addition to his stellar career as a player in our league, Oscar has an outstanding track record of success as a coach at every level of MLS. After an extensive search process, we concluded that Oscar’s experience, teaching ability, personal integrity and passion for our club make him the ideal choice to lead FC Dallas in 2014 and beyond.”
Dallas confirmed in their release that they will send Colorado a 2015 first round MLS SuperDraft pick plus allocation money as compensation for Pareja, as he was still under contract at his former club.
The Rapids also confirmed in their release that the deal does include a contract buyout, allowing Pareja to join up with Dallas.
“The compensation we’ve received for Dallas will help us this season and beyond, and we are eager to find the right candidate to take our head coaching position,” said Colorado President Tim Hinchey. “With a youthful squad that is primed to succeed for several years down the line, this is an attractive coaching job with a solid structure already in place. We want to credit Oscar for his role in helping develop our team in the last two years, and we wish him and his family the best in Dallas.”
This has certainly been a period of managerial transition like none other in Major League Soccer. Want an example of how much?
Guys that we didn’t even know have been fired (or dismissed, or having “parted ways” or been placed on freakin’ “gardening leave” or whatever) are now being replaced.
It happened today when Frank Klopas, recently dismissed a Chicago, was named to replace Marco Schallibaum. Which wouldn’t be such a big deal – except that Montreal had somehow managed to (mostly) slip it past everyone that Schallibaum would not be brought back.
In all, 9 of 19 MLS coaching seats changed hands this year (Chivas USA more than once, in fact.)
At any rate, here is the cheat sheet of MLS managerial comings and goings in 2013.
Out during the regular season:
- Chivas USA’s José Luis Sánchez (May)
- San Jose Frank Yallop (June)
- Columbus Crew’s Robert Warzycha (September)
Out since the end of the season (or very close to it)
- FC Dallas’ Schellas Hyndman
- Vancouver’s Martin Rennie
- Chivas USA’s José Luis Real
- Chicago’s Frank Klopas
- Real Salt Lake’s Jason Kreis
- Montreal’s Marco Schallibaum
Replacements now in charge
- Mark Watson in San Jose (promoted from interim in late October)
- Gregg Berhalter at Columbus
- Jason Kreis at New York City FC (begins play in MLS in 2015)
- Frank Yallop (pictured above) at Chicago
- Carl Robinson at Vancouver
- Frank Klopas at Montreal
Jobs that remain vacant
- Chivas USA
- FC Dallas
- Real Salt Lake
We don’t know who is making the personnel decisions around Toyota Stadium, but someone certainly just made a big one.
The club announced late Monday that it has declined David Ferreira’s option, meaning the league’s 2010 MVP will go through the league’s re-entry process. Midfielders Ramon Nunez and Erick also had their options declined as the rebuilding goes on around the formerly named FC Dallas Stadium, but Ferreira is the big DP name.
Ferreira, Daniel Hernandez and goalkeeper Kevin Hartman formed the spine of Dallas’ 2010 MLS Cup runner-up side. That same year the team’s Colombian playmaker won the Major League Soccer’s top individual award.
But Ferreira, 34, has been mostly injured and in decline since. His numbers remained adequate this year, with 3 goals and a team-leading 9 assists.
But “adequate” isn’t good enough for a figure that the club builds around, which was the case with Ferreira. He became increasingly immobile as the season went on, unable or unwilling to do the tracking, and demanding of the ball when he wasn’t any more effective with it than others.
Schellas Hyndman’s continued faith in Ferreira contributed to the manager losing his job near season’s end, as FC Dallas and its broken midfield failed to make the playoffs for a second consecutive season.
This does beg the question about who is making the personnel calls. Presumably it’s technical director Fernando Clavijo, with assistance from owner Dan Hunt, who has been increasingly involved with the club’s day-to-day management since former club president Doug Quinn left in a rather unpleasant bit of business.
Whoever it is, the dry erase board is being cleared. Building blocks still in place include striker Blaz Perez, center backs George John and Matt Hedges and goalkeeper Raul Fernandez.