Now that FC Dallas completed their two-game homestand with the full six points, Schellas Hyndman’s club will hit the road for a third time this season later this week, leaving on Thursday for Vancouver in advance of Saturday’s meeting with the Whitecaps at BC Place. Here’s the gaffer addressing several Vancouver-related subjects after Monday’s practice.
General thoughts on the Whitecaps
Hyndman: I saw Vancouver at Disney and I was really impressed with them. I was wow, what a good team, a good team. You talk about player-to-player, positions, roster, substitution, bench, you look everywhere on the field, they’re a good, good team. They’re playing a home Wednesday night and then they’re playing us at home. The Kansas City game’s going to be a tough game for them but Kansas City’s 6-0 and I think they very well could be the team to beat them. They’re a solid team. For us going in with us being banged up, I’m glad we don’t have a weekday game. We’ll have those games coming up later but I’m really impressed with what they’ve done with their team.
On what makes Sebastien Le Toux such a tough player to account for on the field
Hyndman: Le Toux historically started off as a defender. So he’s got that defensive mentality of courageousness, first to the ball, strong in the air, physical. You add those qualities as a striker-first to the ball, strong in the air, physical and then you add on the fact that he’s probably one of the most fit players in the league. He just runs up and down. We did the yo-yo 2 test the other day and Zach Loyd finished incredibly high, 31. I think the league is like 22 on average and I think the Premier League’s like 23. So 31, unbelievable. I bring that up because I think if Le Toux is running with Zach, I think they’d be very similar. He’s playing with a lot of confidence. We’re shocked that Philadelphia moved him.
On what he sees different in Eric Hassli this year compared to last, his first in MLS
Hyndman: Yeah, one of the best strikers in the league, not only in holding the ball, distributing the ball but just a pure finisher and he’s got the size to go with it. Very, very dangerous player and now you put him and Le Toux together and then you’ve got Camilo [Sanvezzo] and the other boy. They’ve got a very good strike force, I think one of the best in the league. Of course, we were the team that beat them last year at home. It was also the [site of the] injury to David Ferreira [in 2011], so there’s a lot of sidebars going on here.
On former FCD midfielder/forward Atiba Harris
Hyndman: Great player, we loved Atiba. Hard worker, they’ve got him as a big, strong striker with Hassli. I don’t know what this brings. I’m sure in their coaching mentality and their management mentality, it’s you need more than two strikers of quality. I think with Atiba, he may be having some flare-ups with his knee every once in a while but we really like him. I think he’s a hard player, aggressive, strong and maturing into a good striker.
On Vancouver’s No.1 goalkeeper Joe Cannon
Hyndman: A difficult guy to play against, got great experience, a solid keeper. The thing with Joe Cannon is if you’re going to score on him, you’re going to have to beat him. He’s not a keeper that’s going to beat himself. With Vancouver having so much of a strike force, all teams have something to give up and I think what Joe Cannon has been able to do is organize their defense and make them a very difficult team to score against.