The FC Dallas Reserves kept their fantastic season going with a 2-1 win over Chicago on Wednesday morning at FC Dallas Stadium to move into first place in the Central/Mountain Divison. The reserves finish their 10-game season at 6-3-1.
It was a really good game played at a fast pace and FCD opened the scoring just 4 minutes into the game. A Bryan Leyva corner was cleared straight back to Leyva with his ensuing cross eventually falling to Bobby Warshaw. Playing at center back, Warshaw smashed home the ball to give FCD an early lead.
Dallas dodged a couple of bullets, but eventually succumbed to Chicago pressure in the 36th minute. Dominic Oduro was able to put a really nice move on *I think* Bobby Warshaw, posting him up and turning him before firing past Richard Sanchez. It was a really nice move from a player that has proven himself in MLS.
FCD took back the lead soon after as Victor Ulloa found Scott Sealy making a run down the right side of the pitch. Sealy held off his defender and put a nice move to get past him before slotting it over to Jara who tapped home easily. Really a very nice move from Sealy.
The second half was a bit of a cagey affair that got a little disjointed as more substitutes came in, but the main standout was Richard Sanchez. The FCD keeper made a couple really nice saves including one on Oduro with just minutes left on the clock to preserve the victory.
Sealy MOTM I thought Scott Sealy was very very good in this match. The Trinidadian has to be playing at his highest level in years. He was all over the pitch, putting in tons of grunt work against the defenders and showed nice strength and speed on his runs. It's amazing to see what a guy of his talent level can do once he's got a long run of 100% health. I definitely expect him back next year.
Regarding Jara I expect to see him back next pre-season, but I'm not really sold on this guy. He's just a step slow on his runs and his first touch isn't quite good enough it seems. I don't think it's fair to completely judge Jara who is just coming into full fitness against players who have been playing for a full season, so I'd like to see what he has in pre-season, but it's not looking great for him right now. I wouldn't be shocked if he isn't back.
Acosta at RB You can already see that Kellyn Acosta is a player. Playing at right back, Acosta did a nice job on Oduro for much of the match and just really looks the part. I'm hoping he gets time at central midfield eventually because I think that's his position as a professional.
Warshaw at CB It's going to be the subject of an MLSsoccer.com piece later this week so I don't want to say too much, but FC Dallas has moved Bobby Warshaw back to center back. Both Warshaw and Hyndman noted that for what Schellas wants out of a center back, Warshaw may be more suited to that position. I'm not really sold on it working at the professional level as I like him better at D-Mid, but it may be something to watch next year in pre-season where he's played.
I'll have more on the other homegrowns in a piece later on...
DAL - Bobby Warshaw 4
CHI – Dominic Oduro (Tony Walls, Dan Gargan) 36
DAL – Matias Jara (Scott Sealy, Victor Ulloa) 40
CHI – Dominic Oduro (caution) 54
CHI – Scott Sealy (caution) 60
FC Dalllas Reserves – Richard Sanchez, Carlos Rodriguez, James Marcelin, Bobby Warshaw, Kellyn Acosta, Marco Carrizales (Marco Ortiz 67), Daniel Hernandez, Bryan Leyva (Ricardo Villar 81), Victor Ulloa, Scott Sealy, Matias Jara (Bobby Edet 87).
Subs not used: Jesse Gonzalez.
Chicago Fire Reserves – Jay Nolly, Hunter Jumper, Steve Kimey, Kyle Hoffer (Joel de Lass 76), Dan Gargan, Wells Thompson, Michael Videira, Victor Pineda, Corban Bone, Tony Walls (Kellen Gulley 86), Dominic Oduro.
Subs not used: Christian Lomelli, Marcus Epps.
Referee: Jorge Hernandez Luna
Assistant Referees: Jesse McNeil III, Ramon Bernandez
Fourth Official: David Amastae
Weather: 64, Cloudy