The Oscar Pareja era is officially underway as FC Dallas handled things nicely today in their first preseason friendly, beating Swedish first division side BK Hacken 3-0.
FC Dallas got two first half goals from Fabian Castillo and Blas Perez and then a third insurance goal in the second half from Ryan Hollingshead.
Early on FC Dallas was not tested all that much in the back as keeper Richard Sanchez really only had to make a couple stops in his 45 minutes of work.
FCD made plenty of subs in the second half, as many teams tend to do in preseason friendlies. Chris Seitz was placed in goal for Sanchez. We got to see the first of Brian 'Cobi' Span in the midfield, along with Hollingshead, and rookie Nicholas Walker. Danny Garcia also made an appearance in the second half, helping contribute to the third goal.
- Early is the key word there, hard to really read too much into this performance but it was a very strong opening number for Pareja and FCD.
- The offense looked good, grant it this was a pretty bad Swedish team, who are in a preseason mode of their own. Still, the early Castillo goal is hopefully a sign of what is to come out of the fourth year Colombian.
- Mauro Diaz looked as good as we could expect him to, a tad rusty at times on the ball but that is to be expected in a preseason game.
- Blas Perez had a nice goal in the first half as he pounced on a mistake made by the defender. Solid speed on that shot too.
- Very interesting back four to start out with as Moises Hernandez made a start in the center of the defense. Hey, I am all for depth at any position and I felt he played pretty well back there today. He only looked a bit shaky a couple of times but that may be more of a communication thing with Matt Hedges than just his game is shaky kind of thing. I really feel he will compete for a spot this season.
- Adam Moffatt and Andrew Jacobson looked alright in the middle of the field together. They didn't have to do a ton, which probably is what made me forget about them being out there at times. Nothing wrong with that either, sometimes you want your DMs to be quiet.
- Danny Garcia looked well in the second half to me. I think he is easily going to be this year's Kellyn Acosta.
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