WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 7: Ruben Luna #34 of FC Dallas controls the ball against Dejan Jakovic #5 of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on May 7, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
If there's one thing I've noticed from reserve league games this year, it's that FC Dallas takes them very seriously. Not in the sense that they start a lineup that is too strong and hurts the development of younger players, but that these younger players are taking things very, very seriously. All you have to do is read the comments of Matt Hedges after the Houston loss last week to see that. Schellas Hyndman has said multiple times this year that the play of someone in the reserve league has gotten them first team action, looking at you Bryan Leyva, and these games really make a big difference in deciding who breaks through.
On Tuesday morning in Salt Lake City, the FC Dallas Fuerzas Basicas thumped Real Salt Lake 3-0, defeating them for the second time in MLS Reserve League play this season while moving to 3-1-0. Hyndman said in the media earlier this week that he needs to see more out of Ruben Luna in reserve league play and the young homegrown forward looks to have responded. Ruben had an assist and drew a penalty that was converted by Bruno Guarda.
A few other interesting notes after the jump
No sign of Bobby Warshaw The d-mid doesn't travel to Salt Lake City, does this mean he could potentially be in for a start on Saturday? It's interesting to see that Schellas Hyndman kept him back to practice with the team instead of traveling to Utah for the reserve match where he is typically the defensive midfielder.
Another 90 minutes for Ambrose The Maryland commit and FCD Academy captain has another assist and plays 90 minutes on the left side for Dallas. If he keeps producing like this, is there really any point to him going to Maryland? Those who have seen this guy play or read the comments by Marco Ferruzzi on him know that he's one with a serious future on the wing for FCD. Not quite as offensively gifted as Bryan Leyva but miles ahead in terms of overall polish to his game and tactical awareness.
The Top is hot It's tough to argue that the second hottest forward on FC Dallas right now is Jon Top. The kid from Fort Worth who just returned from USA U20 National Team camp scored in his second straight reserve league match and you wonder if Schellas Hyndman stays true to his word about emphasis on reserve games. If so, Top is inching himself closer to the gameday 18 as crazy as that would've sounded a year ago. Confidence is such a huge thing with forwards.
Academy Dominance For the final 30 minutes of the match, FC Dallas had seven homegrown signings or current academy players on the field and they held RSL off the board protecting a 3-0 lead. While I know there's so many out there thinking "Yeah but what have they done for the first team?" it's just a matter of time before a few of these guys make a big impact. The future is very bright.
FCD – Jonathan Top (Ruben Luna) 41
FCD – Bruno Guarda (penalty kick) 49
FCD – Scott Sealy (Mike Ambrose) 54
FCD – Ruben Luna (caution, Reckless Tackle) 34
FCD – Bruno Guarda (caution, Dissent) 49
FCD – Bruno Guarda (ejection, Unsporting Behavior) 80
RSL – Paulo Jr. (ejection, Reckless Foul) 80
Real Salt Lake Reserves (4-4-2): Kyle Reynish (c) (Lalo Fernandez 67); Terukazu Tanaka, Leone Cruz, Chris Schuler, Chris Estridge (Carlos Salcedo** 75); Yordany Alvarez, Enzo Martinez (Jordan Allen** 60), Jonny Steele, Sebastian Velasquez; Paulo Junior, Emiliano Bonfigli
Substitutes Not Used: Taylor Bowlin*, Luis Gil
FC Dallas Reserves (4-4-2): Chris Seitz (c) (Richard Sanchez 45); Alex Lee, Matt Hedges (Aaron Guillen** 88), Mark Barone*, Moises Hernandez; Jonathan Top (Flavio Guzman** 81), Bruno Guarda, Victor Ulloa, Michael Ambrose; Scott Sealy (David Robledo** 60), Ruben Luna
Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Leyva
**RSL-Arizona/FC Dallas Academy player
Referee: Alex Krelo
Referee Assistants: Hamed Sadeghi, Alan Jimenez
4th Official: Brad Jensen