It's not often in a soccer game you can say things were decided within the first five minutes, but that was pretty much the case tonight as FCD beat up 10-man Orlando City SC 4-0 to set up a showdown with Toronto FC on Thursday night for a place in the WDW Pro Soccer Classic Championship game.
Just a few minutes into the game, Blas Perez pounced on a poor touch from Orlando City(and former FCD trialist) goalkeeper Sean Kelley. Perez stole the ball and was subsequently taken down by Kelley for a penalty kick and red card to the City keeper. Colombian David Ferreira, starting his second game in a row, scored the pk, his first goal since returning from injury, and it was all Dallas from there.
Fabian Castillo terrorized a tired Orlando team late in the first half, combining with Ferreira for a nifty move that saw him free down the left side. Castillo shifted onto his left foot and curled a brilliant goal past Gallardo in the net to double the Dallas lead.
Second half goals from Blas Perez & Andrew Wiedeman completed the rout to put Dallas at the top of their group, tied on four points with Toronto FC, but holding a superior goal differential. If FC Dallas can beat or tie Toronto on Thursday, they will face Vancouver Whitecaps in the tournament championship on Saturday night.
FC Dallas – David Ferreira (penalty kick) 5
FC Dallas – Fabian Castillo (David Ferreira) 33
FC Dallas – Blas Perez (Fabian Castillo, Ricardo Villar) 55
FC Dallas – Andrew Wiedeman (Jair Benitez) 89
FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman (Chris Seitz 46), Zach Loyd, Ugo Ihemelu, Hernan Pertuz (Matt Hedges 46), Carlos Rodriguez (Jair Benitez 81), Daniel Hernandez (Victor Ulloa 76), Andrew Jacobson, David Ferreira (Ricardo Villar 46), Fabian Castillo, Geoffrey Tulasne (Andrew Wiedeman 63), Blas Perez (Jonathan Top 73).
Thoughts on a nice night for FC Dallas after the jump
Colombian Domination Since it was against a 10-man side, you have to take things with a grain of salt, but anyone who watched that game knows David Ferreira is back. The cultured through balls, nifty flicks and spin moves were in full effect tonight with El Torito scoring a goal and adding an assist. What an encouraging and awesome night for Dallas fans and Ferreira who dropped to his knees after scoring his goal and pointed to the sky.
Just as encouraging was another fantastic display from Fabian Castillo. The young Colombian was combining with Ferreira all through the first half and was simply dominating the right side. Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of his performance was the multiple times we saw him track back to almost his own endline on defense. If he can produce that work rate every game, Dallas is a scary good offensive team.
How do you stop everyone? Again, ten men on the pitch for Orlando so grain of salt, but man when this thing is rolling it's tough to see how MLS defenses stop it. You simply can't double team Ferreira, Shea, Perez and Castillo, all four guys who can destroy you 1v1. If these four guys can stay healthy...look out.
Geoffrey Tulasne One of the eyebrow raising names on the team sheet was the French trialist winger Tulasne. He was given an hour to show what he could do and frankly it wasn't very much. Not a high work rate, not calling for the ball and basically no impact on the game while Castillo was all over the pitch. There may be a little something there, but he didn't do himself any favors on tonight's performance.
On to the next one Schellas always speaks about developing a culture of winning and right now after 11 pre-season games, Dallas sits at 9-1-1 with the loss coming to the US U23 side. Thursday will be the stiffest test of the pre-season in a game against Toronto at 5PM central time with a spot in the Championship on the line. You play to win every competition you're in and I'm excited to see how Dallas comes out on Thursday.