It wasn't the way he expected to get his first start of 2012. Ruben Luna was hoping he'd see himself on the bench Saturday evening against the Colorado Rapids but to his surprise he got his chance to shine in front of the home crowd.
"I walked into the locker room and saw my jersey was hanging up," said Luna on getting the start. "That got me very excited. You've got to be ready like you're going to play. Luckily, I've been ready every game and the opportunity showed up and I'm happy I got to play."
Luna showed well in his first full 90 minutes of the season in the 3-2 win over the Rapids. He did a lot of the little things that head coach Schellas Hyndman knew he was capable of doing.
"He held the ball up well, he kept good possession of the ball, " said Hyndman.
Luna drew fouls and created chances throughout a busy first half for Dallas on Saturday. Early fans saw both the best and worst of the young striker. An errant ball in the midfield by Luna was quickly erased in the fan's minds as he found himself in space on the left side of the penalty box and sent a beautiful ball to the far post that just missed the out stretched leg of Brek Shea.
Luna put himself in position to frustrate the Rapids' defense all evening. Doing what you'd expect out of a lone target striker. He drew fouls in key moments and caused a couple yellow cards in the process.
"...don't underestimate how physical he is. He frustrated Colorado quite well. I know Drew Moor picked up a yellow card, just in retaliation and frustration of kicking at him, and he might have created another situation with another player on a card," said Hyndman.
Luna was pleased with his effort on the evening and is hopeful that he'll get called up again on Wednesday in Vancouver.
"I'm happy. I'm happy because we won and happy because I played 90 minutes. This game was very important because now we have the chance to work to play in the playoffs," said Luna.