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FC Dallas trialists struggle to make roster

Published 2/22/2012 10:15:55 AM by Roberto Garcia from dallas
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For most MLS players the scrimmages with college sides are for little more than getting their legs under them and working on tactics.  The same cannot be said for the trialists in camp that are struggling to make the final roster.  These scrimmages are vital.

For FC Dallas and their trialists, decision day is coming fast.  Only a week remains until MLS clubs must have their rosters widdled down to size. Roster decisions are expected in advance of the team’s trip to the Disney Pro Soccer Classic on Friday.

Among those fighting for a roster spot are forwards Dogba and Scott Sealy, both of whom scored against the Tulsa defense. He notched two second half goals on Saturday, knows the pressure is on, but refuses to let it affect his game.

"It's over your head. Obviously you want to do well and get a contract, but you can't play like that – tentative and not wanting to make mistakes."

Players will have one final opportunity to shine on Wednesday, though possibly against their most challenging opponent yet. The team will take on the US U23s, who will travel to Frisco for a ten day training camp beginning Sunday. The young squad features MLS talents such as Juan Agudelo and Zarek Valentin in addition to a number of overseas players. FC Dallas will have to deal with a talented American midfielder by the name of Brek Shea.

"They're a good team - a lot of young, talented players from MLS and overseas," Sealy said. "They're going to be strong and fast, and have a lot of guys that are good with the ball technically. It's going to be a good game."

Ellinger is excited to see his squad match-up against the U23s, and particularly against Shea. But all eyes will be on those who fighting to remain with the squad as the preseason nears its’ end. After all, a big performance against elite talent might do wonders for those on the bubble.

“If a guy can step up and play well against a team like the U23s, that will go a long way in helping that individual,” Ellinger said. “It will be fresh in Schellas’ mind when making the decision.”

Sealy, however, will do anything but dwell on the possibility of leaving the club on Friday. After playing seven years in MLS, every day, game or practice, is equally critical.

Label: FC Dallas trialists, FC Dallas news, Scott Sealy, Dogba
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