It has been a pretty great past few days for Brian Span. On Saturday night, the FC Dallas flank midfielder who has been on loan to Orlando City SC of USL Pro since early April scored twice in a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact Reserves.
That performance earned Span USL Pro Player of the week honors, but the former University of Virginia midfielder wasn't around to enjoy it as FCD recalled him on Sunday.
He trained with the team on Monday afternoon in Frisco and on Tuesday morning was among the FCD traveling party heading to Portland for a Wednesday night match with the Timbers at Providence Park.
Naturally, Span couldn't be happier about being back in MLS.
“It’s exciting. It’s my first trip, so hopefully I play. If I play, I just want to work hard and do my best on the field,” he said.
FCD first mentioned the idea of recalling Span about a week ago. And with the club having a third-round U.S. Open Cup match with the NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions next Tuesday in Frisco, Dallas’ lone match during their 17-day break between league games, first-year FCD head coach Oscar Pareja figured it was an ideal time to do so.
“We brought him back. He’s available for us. We're counting on him already for the next couple of games to see how he gets back into the team,” Pareja said. “We already know that he’s good. We'll see (how long he stays). We'll make that decision if we're going to keep him here the rest of the year or not.”
Span admits it has been a pretty crazy few days between when he first got the call from FCD that he had been recalled on Sunday and returned for his first training session with Dallas since very early in the season before he was loaned out.
But he’s definitely not complaining.
“It was good. I think it was a good session with the guys. It’s been a while since I trained with Dallas. It was good to see the players and get back into the system again,” Span said.
Span has yet to make his MLS debut after Dallas won his rights in a weighted lottery in January after he spent the past two seasons in Sweden’s top division with Djurgardens IF.
But with his prospects for playing time minimal early in the season, FCD loaned him to Orlando City in early April and in 10 games in USL Pro, six of them starts, he scored three goals.
And while some players might have groused or griped a bit about being sent to a lower division, Span did just the opposite and saw his time in Orlando as nothing but a great opportunity to prove his worth to Pareja and the other FCD brass back in Frisco.
“It’s been good. I've been in a lot of games. I think we had like nine games in one month, an unbelievable amount of games. I’d never played that many games in a month before, but it was good. I've got a lot of games under me,” Span said of his time in USL Pro.
He added: “I could have scored more or whatever, but I feel like I had some good games and have been able to get into a good rhythm. That’s the most important thing, is to give me some confidence. I’m playing well and I feel good.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Span will be making his MLS debut on Wednesday night in Portland as a member of the FCD First XI or off the bench, but even if he doesn't play against the Timbers in this midweek tilt, he is sure to play and likely even start in next week’s Open Cup match with San Antonio.
But as far as whether or not he will be staying with FCD past next week that remains up in the air, which is just fine with this talented young flank midfielder.
“That’s to be determined, I know I'm traveling for the Portland game and am back for the Open Cup game. After that we'll see,” Span said.