Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Hyndman resignation inevitable after second-half collapse
by Ridge Mahoney, October 18th, 2013 2:15PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Confidential

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

By Ridge Mahoney

The fifth season of Schellas Hyndman's tenure at FC Dallas has been the most disappointing, and he announced today it will be his last.

“I truly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the FC Dallas family for the last five years,” Hyndman said in a team press release issued today. “After a lot of thought and consideration, I feel the time is right for me to step down as head coach of FC Dallas. I want to thank the Hunt family for their support and friendship, our players, coaches and front office for their dedication and effort during my time here, and especially the great FC Dallas fans.”

Hyndman departs with a 62-57-58 record during his stint that includes the team’s only MLS Cup appearance, in 2010. He also won MLS Coach of the Year honors that year. In 2011 FC Dallas posted the first victory by an MLS team in Mexico when it defeated UNAM, 1-0, in a Concacaf Champions League group match in Mexico City.

Rapids coachOscar Pareja has been mentioned in several reports as a possible successor. FC Dallas Chairman Clark Hunt, who played for Hyndman during the coach’s 24-year reign at Southern Methodist University, said the search for a replacement would begin immediately and did not mention any candidates.

“My family and I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Schellas both as a coach and as a person, and we sincerely appreciate his contributions to the club over the last 5 ½ seasons,” Hunt said. “Having had the pleasure of knowing him for the last 30 years, I have seen first-hand his commitment to his craft and the passion he has for the game. We wish him well in the next chapter of his life, and he will be missed.”

Hyndman will end his tenure with FCD next weekend at San Jose. His final home game will be this Saturday against Seattle.

He left SMU to take over FC Dallas for the 2009 season. FCD missed the playoffs his first season, then finished third in 2010 and knocked off Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles on its way to MLS Cup, which it lost to Colorado, 2-1, in overtime on an own goal.

FCD got back to the playoffs in 2011 but lost in the first round to New York. After falling short of the postseason in 2012, FCD blew through the early portion of its 2013 schedule, winning six of its first eight games and losing only one of its first 11. But a 10-game winless run that began June 1 against Colorado dragged it down the standings and four losses in the last five games eliminated it from playoff contention.

This year’s team is 10-11-11, which betters the 9-13-12 mark of last year, but a head coach has to answer when a team that looked like a serious contender in May plummets so quickly. In meetings during the past few days FCD management arrived at a tough solution. Not known is whether Hyndman preferred to make the announcement now rather than at season's end or FCD wanted a change to become official as soon as possible.

Dan Hunt, vice president of Hunt Sports Group, said, “We are very grateful for Schellas’ hard work and commitment to FC Dallas. Whether with our fans, our front office or in our community, he has always represented FCD and our family with class, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.”


2 comments
  1. Mike Gaire
    commented on: October 18, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.
    I am thinking both Steve Nichol and Frank Yallop might be in the frame to succeed him?
  1. Wayne Root
    commented on: October 18, 2013 at 10:44 p.m.
    Why did I have the same thought?

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Confidential
Doyle departure starts crucial new era in San Jose    
With only two playoff appearances since it rejoined MLS in 2008, San Jose hasn't been able ...
Farewell, Hope Solo    
I have admired Hope Solo for many reasons. I've sent YouTube clips of Solo's highlights to ...
Struggles of MLS Cup finalists are to be expected for smaller-market teams    
Portland and Columbus defied the odds -- and economic reality -- by reaching the MLS championship ...
Olympic women's soccer: Our winners & losers    
Olympic women's soccer left the taste of what might have been. A USA-Brazil semifinal at Maracana ...
'Cagey' Swedes deserve some credit    
The USA women fell short of the semifinals of a major tournament for the first time ...
'Worst MLS signing' Lampard is tearing it up    
A great run of form earned New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard Player of the ...
Assessing the middle third -- of the MLS season    
Coaches and executives often speak of dividing a season - much as they do of the ...
Schmid departure starts to clear Sounders' deck for Lagerwey    
Eighteen months after joining the Sounders as president of soccer and general manager, Garth Lagerwey is ...
Toronto FC must rebound after embarrassing defeat for crucial home stand    
After an eight-game road trip to open the season, Toronto FC is in a playoff spot ...
Quakes need to build on stunning victory    
Every struggling team looks for a spark, a turning point, a shift of fortune that transforms ...
>> Soccer America Confidential Archives