Dallas FC Head Coach Schellas Hyndman has outlined his pre-season training theory in full on the team's first day of training. Hyndman, who replaced Steve Morrow suddenly as Head Coach for Dallas early last season, was unable to steer his adopted team into a play-off spot in 2008 but is now more confident.
"This is becoming more my team," Hyndman said. "It's also my first practice with a new group for a season. I thought that the training we did today was very productive. There are six things that we're going to try and do in preseason.
"The first thing is we're going to try to become better individual defenders with pressure on the ball, coverage and balance. We want to become better individual attacking players. We're going to work a lot on attacking in the flanks and creating numbers up. The third thing you want to do is develop some style of play. I hope that our style of play is going to be an attractive style, a good defending style with winning balls, being able to counter and use transition."
Hyndman continued: "The fourth area we're going to work on is our structure, a complete team structure on defending and on attacking. The fifth area we want to work on is going to be on set pieces. The sixth and final thing we're going to try to do in preseason is fitness.
"We want to play as many games as we can in preseason so we get players good opportunities. The roster has been cut from 28 to 24 and I have to get games so I can evaluate players. In the morning, we're going to train more on technical and tactical. In the evenings, we're going to do bigger numbers."
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