Tonight while the USA, Panama and Canada battled it out, the FC Dallas reserves had their second game in 48 hours beating Colorado 1-0 on a Scott Sealy poachers goal, latching onto a bad backpass and sliding it past Stewart Ceus to give Dallas the win.
I'm not going to act like a reserve win is a huge deal, but believe me when I tell you that players take this stuff seriously. As Bobby Warshaw told me on Sunday, it's a league, the players care and they want to win. Just a few thoughts and notes on the match:
Jara working to fitness Matias Jara played 90 minutes for FCD tonight and really showed some nice stuff, especially in the first half. His movements were good, he's definitely more of an off-the-ball type forward that likes to make smart runs and put a ton of pressure on the ball. He didn't score and didn't really have any great chances either but his work created space for others and I can see him fitting here, though not likely as a marquee player. Wouldn't shock me to see him on the bench this Saturday.
Villar showing well My story for MLS tomorrow morning will focus on Villar's performance tonight, putting in 90 minutes for the first time in a match since late March. He was clearly gassed by the end, but also created some chances for Dallas and probably should've scored once. He's a change of pace that Dallas doesn't have off the bench and with 135 minutes under his belt in the last 48 hours, you've got to think he plays a part on Saturday off the bench.
Sealy steps in A lot of credit should go to Scott Sealy for putting in an ultra-professional performance tonight. He wasn't even supposed to play after logging 90 minutes on Friday, but when Jon Top twisted his ankle(could be out for 3 weeks) midway through the first half, on came Sealy. He worked his tail off and grabbed the game-winning goal. One of those performances that earns you a lot of respect in the locker room.
Back four It wasn't always pretty, but a back four of Ian Kalis, Diogo de Almeida(both SMU alums who have been training with Dallas through the summer), Bobby Warshaw and Victor Ulloa got the job done. It wasn't a Rapids attack that would strike fear into the heart of MLS defenses, but a shutout is a shutout and Chris Seitz had a nice save late in the second half to preserve the win.
New Academy Addition If you're wondering who Christian De Luna is on the teamsheet, he's a defender joining the U18s this year from San Jose Earthquakes where last season he was named to the All-USSDA region XI at center back. He's also spent time with the US youth national team. Just another name to watch as the academy season starts later this month.
DAL – Scott Sealy 64
FC Dallas Reserves – Chris Seitz, Ian Kalis*, Bobby Warshaw, Diogo Almeida*, Victor Ulloa, James Marcelin, Bruno Guarda, Bryan Leyva, Ricardo Villar, Jonathan Top (Scott Sealy 21, Marco Carrizales^ 78), Matais Jara.
Substitutes Not Used: Christian de Luna^, Jessie Gonzalez^.
ColoradoRapids Reserves – Steward Cues, Luke Vercollone*, Hunter Freeman, Scott Palguta, Tyson Wahl, Joseph Nane, Shane O’Neil, Anton Peterlin* (Ricardo Perez 59), Kamani Hill, Jamie Smith, Seedy Bah* (Isaac Martinez^ 75).
Substitutes Not Used: Ricardo Perez^, Ian Joyce.
* FC Dallas/Colorado Rapids Academy Player
^ FC Dallas/Colorado Rapids Guest Player
COL– Seedy Bah (caution) 58
DAL – Bruno Guarda (caution) 59
DAL – James Marcelin (caution) 65