I know I am a tad late getting to some thought from yesterday's game. While the 5-1 win for FC Dallas looks great on paper, I have to continue to remind myself that it is the preseason and it came against a college side that is months removed from their regular season.
That being said, the game went fairly well for FCD on Wednesday. Blas Perez scored a hat trick while Matt Hedges and Ryan Hollingshead added in goals of their own.
FCD is now 2-1-0 in preseason play and will face the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL on Saturday before returning to Texas on Sunday.
Players still missing: Just like in the UAE, we were still missing George John, Raul Fernandez, Stephen Keel, Walker Zimmerman and Zach Loyd. We know Fernandez is likely out for the rest of this trip but will we see the other four this weekend when they face NASL side Fort Lauderdale? Let's hope we do. We also didn't see the following players on Wednesday: Eric Hassli, Peter Luccin, Brian Span, and London Woodberry.
Still no Hassli: If anything, the clock is ticking on his time here in Dallas. Really starting to wonder if we'll see him play at all this preseason.
Newcomers also missing: It really wasn't a shocker to see Hendry Thomas and Andres Escobar not play in yesterday's game. I would count on them to make an appearance this weekend though.
Academy kid gets minutes: One bright spot in the second half for me was seeing academy standout Aaron Meyer get some minutes. Oscar Pareja wasn't kidding when he said he wanted to get these young guys time with the first time.
Full 90 for three: It is always interesting to see which players go the full 90 in a preseason game. Yesterday Andrew Jacobson, Je-Vaughn Watson and Mauro Diaz all went the distance. Very promising to see Diaz play that much too. You have to think having him in for a full preseason will be highly beneficial to the team.
DAL - Blas Perez (Jair Benitez, Moises Hernandez) 42
DAL - Blas Perez 44 (PK)
USF - Edwin Moalosi 51
DAL - Matt Hedges (Jair Benitez) 63
DAL - Blas Perez (Danny Garcia) 77
DAL - Ryan Hollingshead 89
FC Dallas - Chris Seitz (Richard Sanchez 46), Jair Benitez (Michel 71), Moises Hernandez (Danny Garcia 71), Matt Hedges (Aaron Meyer 83), Kellyn Acosta (Tesho Akindele 80), Andrew Jacobson, Adam Moffat (Victor Ulloa 71), Fabian Castillo (Ryan Hollingshead 80), Mauro Diaz, Je-Vaughn Watson, Blas Perez (Jonathan Top 77).
USF - Dallas Jaye, Juan Carlos Garcia (Diego Ramos 64), Jackson Brown, Nikola Paunic, Duane Muckette (Geraldo Hernandez 71), Lucas Baldwin, Wesley Charpie, Lindo Mfeka (Geraldo Hernandez 36, Lindo Mfecka 46, Cameron Thomas 78), Marcus Epps (Stiven Salinas 25), Terry Delancy (Marcus Epps 71), Edwin Moalosi.
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referees: Miguel Martes, Santiago Lorenzo
DAL - Moises Hernandez (caution) 56
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees