Schellas Hyndman: Reserve League Needs Improvement

Schellas Hyndman: Reserve League Needs Improvement

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 12, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, Schellas Hyndman

You could call this a “duh” comment but overall the theme of this quote from FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman is that the MLS Reserve League is good but still needs a whole lotta work.

He spoke recently with Steve Hunt of the Dallas Morning News about it. Hyndman was pretty blunt on honest about how the Reserve League could use more stand-alone games rather than those that butt up against a MLS league game.

He would know, his club has had to play two of those type of games.

“A lot of time, a lot of energy, a lot of expenses have gone into the reserve league and I think for me personally if you can do a stand-alone game instead of adding onto another game like we did that one here with Houston, we did it in Toronto, I think it’s really tough on the players,” Hyndman said.

“You’ve got players that are one, focusing on the first team. Some of them maybe get in. They have their pregame meal 3 ½ hours before the game. Now you go through a whole game only to turn around and play a reserve game. It’s an extremely long day and you’ve got to be careful because the whole intent of the reserve league is to make players better. I don’t know sometimes we don’t give them a chance to get better,” he said.

“We make it too hard and these are ongoing discussions, it’s not just me. It’s ongoing discussions of how can we make it work? How financially can we cut back on some expenses, then dates stadiums are available and so forth, so there’s a lot of things involved. I just know we’ve just had two in a row [right after the first team played] and it’s been pretty tough.”

I was around the club for one of those games, against Houston. The FC Dallas-Houston league game was early in the day with the reserve league game following it shortly after. For everyone involved it makes for a long, long day. Hyndman would probably normally watch most of his reserve league team play on a day when they aren’t following his league game. But given how he had to talk with his players after Kenny Cooper scored a thrilling game-winner, then talk to the press, and more than likely then meet with some fans, Hyndman ended up missing out on most of the reserve league game. Naturally, I’m sure he watched it all on tape.

Still, with all of this, the Reserve league is good but not great here. We haven’t yet begun to see the effects of the new USL deal for the league’s teams but so far this is likely an element that will have to change to improve the Reserve league.