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In keeping with the recent theme of adding SMU alumni, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman reached out to another former college player of his on Wednesday by signing defender Daniel Hernandez.
Just a week after trading for former SMU defender Ugo Ihemelu, Hyndman has now turned to the 33-year-old Texas native, who has spent the past three seasons playing in Mexico after a stint with the New England Revolution.
Hernandez is an uncompromising defender who should add some much-needed toughness to a young and, according to some in MLS, soft roster. The question remains whether he still has enough left in the tank to be a regular contributor. Considering he was starting for Mexican club Jaguares last season, and has started in the Mexican First Division since leaving MLS, you would think he still has something to offer.
What's the SBI take?
I actually thought of Hernandez as a possibility for FC Dallas when the Ihemelu trade went down (and now wish I had written so). Hyndman needs some veteran leadership and toughness on his team and Hernandez provides that (and yes, there's also the SMU connection).
My lasting memory of Hernandez was during his time with the MetroStars. In 2001, after a long scoreless streak that saw the team's strikers struggle to score, Hernandez called them out and said he could do a better job at forward than they could. "I'd score some goals, I know that" was his memorable quote. He backed up the talk by proceeding to start scoring goals and helping the MetroStars reach the playoffs that season.
Hernandez' arrival could let FC Dallas move Pablo Richetti back into a defensive midfield role, although a Hernandez-Richetti in 2010 might not be a bad one to have. Hernandez also has extensive experience as a defensive midfielder.
What do you think of the signing? Starting to wonder if Hyndman knows any American players who didn't play for SMU? Think Hernandez could come back to MLS and be an impact player? Are you a Dallas fan who is glad that Luchi Gonzalez has already retired from professional soccer?
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