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Luna looks sharp in first start
by Paul Kennedy, April 4th, 2011 6:28PM

TAGS:  fc dallas, houston dynamo, mls, vancouver whitecaps


[HOMEGROWN WATCH] Ruben Luna made his first start for FC Dallas in its 2-0 loss at the Columbus Crew on Friday. The defeat extended FCD's winless skid to three games. If there's anything wrong with the 2010 runners-up, it's not their young players like Luna.

Luna, who turned 19 in January, and 18-year-old Colombian Fabian Castillo both made their first starts for FCD, which also started 21-year-old Brek Shea and 22-year-old Jackson, who was red-carded in the first half.

“You want to get young guys out there,” Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman told “You want to give them opportunities. Castillo had some very good moments and I thought Ruben played well, especially in the second half. It’s not those two guys that are hurting the team. I think the more established players can help a little bit more by calming things down, but for FC Dallas, it was a very disappointing night and you didn’t see a lot of very good soccer.”

FUTURE PROSPECTS. Luna (penalty kick) and fellow Mexican-born player Bryan Leyva (volley from 25 yards) had scored for FCD in its 2-0 win over Real Salt in their MLS Reserve League opener last Tuesday. A third homegrown player, Victor Ulloa, started for FCD in midfield and Jonathan Top came on in the second half.

FCD started academy players Michael Ambrose and Jack Coleman on defense and Daniel Garcia came on in stoppage time for Leyva.

Recent homegrown signing Donny Toia played the entire game for RSL, which also started academy player Ricardo Velasco and brought on three academy players in the second half: Nico Muniz, Mikey Orellana and Phanuel Kavita.

DIXON DEBUTS. Alex Dixon, who played three seasons at the University of North Carolina before signing a homegrown contract with Houston this winter, made his debut with the Dynamo in its 1-1 tie at New York on Saturday.

Dixon is one of three UNC rookies to make MLS debuts. Jalil Anibaba is starting for Chicago, and Stephen McCarthy is starting for New England. Both Anibaba and McCarthy had begun their college careers at Santa Clara.

CONCACAF UNDER-20 UPDATE. Defenders Moises Hernandez was the only homegrown player to play in either of the USA's two wins at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship.

The FC Dallas defender came on late in the 2-0 win over Panama. Sacir Hot (New York) is the only other MLS homegrown representative on the U.S. under-20 national team, which faces host Guatemala in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

Vancouver teen star Russell Teibert scored in the second half to help Canada overcome a 1-0 deficit and beat Guadeloupe, 2-1.

Teibert, who started the Whitecaps first two games, didn't play the second game against Costa Rica, and Canada's play suffered. Its 3-0 loss puts it in the unenviable position of having to face Concacaf giant Mexico in Tuesday's quarterfinals with a berth in the 2011 Under-20 World Cup on the line.

3-0 Nizar Khalfan (Vancouver)
3-0 Ruben Luna (FC Dallas)
3-0 Andy Najar (D.C. United)
2-0 Russell Teibert (Vancouver)
2-1 Juan Agudelo (New York)
1-0 Tristan Bowen (Chivas USA)
1-0 Keith Makubuya (Toronto FC)
1-0 Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC)
1-0 Alex Dixon (Houston)

  1. Just 1 Soccer Guy
    commented on: April 5, 2011 at 10:27 a.m.
    Did you want this game? Have you really seen Luna play. While he is young enough to still have potential, he showed absolutely nothing on the field. Schellas Hyndman is falling into the same ego trap as other decent US soccer coaches, he's starting to believe it is really all about him and not the players. Getting rid of players and treating them as interchangable. Shea was a big part of their offense last year and now he's going to be the center of their defense. Good move, Hyndman to blame the other players instead of yourself.
  1. leo S
    commented on: April 5, 2011 at 2:53 p.m.
    I agree with you man! take good look at the whole picture before you throw your older players under the bus.

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