Tonight on Field #4 at FCD Stadium, the FC Dallas Reserves beat Sporting KC 2-0 behind a double from midfielder Bryan Leyva and some solid defending helped out by a first-half red card to Sporting forward Dom Dwyer.
A cagey game played in some fairly stiff wind saw SKC control much of the game through the first half, but a moment of quality from two FCD attackers put Dallas in front. Some high pressure from Ricardo Villar won the ball off an SKC defender and he played a perfectly-weighted ball to Leyva in on goal. Bryan made no mistake for his third reserve league goal of the season in the 34th minute.
After Dwyer picked up his second yellow card right before for what looked like a very harsh call for diving, Dallas seemed to be firmly in control heading into the break.
In the second half, Dallas didn't impose their will on 10-man Sporting KC, though playing against a stiff wind, it was a bit difficult. FCD finally found the second goal in the 79th minute as some really good work from Matias Jara eventually freed Leyva again on goal, this time rounding Kronberg before slotting home.
FC Dallas is 5-3-1(16 points) in the Reserve League season and still have a shot left at the division title, tied with Houston and Colorado on 16 points with two games remaining for Dallas.(Houston has three games left and Colorado has 0 games remaining).
Leyva I've said it many times before, but Bryan Leyva has all the skill offensively to be an MLS player. That is not the issue and he showed it again tonight. The problem is his work rate off the ball and it's been the same problem for two years. Leyva is simply not 90 minutes fit and takes plays off during the game. You can't do that. I will have a story tomorrow morning on MLS with some very telling quotes from Schellas Hyndman on Leyva. Could he be the FCD super-sub offensively in 2013? Very possible. Could he find himself looking for a new team in 2013? Also very possible. I hope Schellas gives him a chance though.
Marcelin James was very good in a center back role tonight absolutely shutting down Dwyer and Soony Saad(who were both very poor for their pedigrees). The problem is that he makes one or two absolutely bonehead passes per game that puts the Dallas defense under the kosh. All it takes is one mistake to cause a goal and while SKC didn't punish his poor pass tonight that led to a 4 on 2 break, a team with starting quality MLS players probably would have.
Scattershooting A shutout for Richard Sanchez in his second ever reserve league start though he didn't have a ton of work to do...Jara works very hard off the ball and combines well but will it be enough to earn him a look in pre-season next year?...90 more minutes for Villar...Acosta so solid again, and just 18 years old.
Hyndman on Matias Jara's game tonight
You can tell he has moments of very good soccer and then there’s times where he’s running offsides and breaking down but the reality is that those moments have to last longer and it’s a reserve game not like a first team game.
Bryan Leyva (Ricardo Villar) 34
Leyva (Matias Jara) 79
SKC – Dom Dwyer (caution) 14
DAL – Bruno Guarda (caution) 42
SKC – Dwyer (caution) 45
SKC – Dwyer (ejection) 45
SKC – Neven Markovic (caution ) 69
FC Dallas Reserves – Richard Sanchez, Victor Ulloa, James Marcelin, Bobby Warshaw, Diogo de Almieda, Kellyn Acosta, Bruno Guarda, Ricardo Villar, Marco Carrizales (Marco Ortiz 71), Bryan Leyva, Matias Jara.
Substitutes Not Used: Jesse Gonzalez.
Sporting KC Reserves – Eric Kronberg, Korede Aiyegbusi, Neven Markovic (Leo Gibson^74) , Kevin Ellis, Konrad Warzycha, Michael Thomas, David Leichty*, Peterson Joseph (John Sosa^ 65), Soony Saad, Dom Dwyer, Kyler Miller (Isai Gutierrez 86).
Substitutes Not Used: Steve Spangler©, Eduardo Moreno*,.
* FC Dallas/Sporting KC Academy player
^ FCDallas/Sporting KC Trialist
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