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FC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids: What we learned

Two games with Colorado in one month can yield some interesting results.

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What a difference two weeks makes for FC Dallas. The first result with the Colorado Rapids this month was bad, we all have suppressed that game from our memory banks already. But Friday's result in Colorado wasn't nearly as bad as the two sides ended 1-1 in a fairly even match despite the red card to Blas Perez.

Possible first choice lineup?

The starting eleven on Friday was certainly something I've been waiting a long time to see here. Mauro Diaz was finally back in the center of the midfield, which helped spur on some of the attack during the first half. Behind him in the midfield were Victor Ulloa and Kellyn Acosta, a duo a lot of us have wanted to see paired together more.

I think the fun part to consider with this five-man midfield is the age of the group. Acosta is still only 19, Ulloa is 23, Fabian Castillo is just 22 and then Diaz and Ryan Hollingshead are 'veterans' of the group at 24. Sometimes a youthful group in the midfield can be a bad thing but for the most part of Friday it was a good thing as the five played with a different energy level that we haven't seen a ton of lately in the middle of the park.

The defense was also solid as well. We got our first real look at Dan Kennedy in goal, and boy did he not disappoint. While Chris Seitz has been doing well in goal this season for FCD, having Kennedy and his leadership in the back certainly helped matters out when things got crazy on the road here. You could sense that especially late in the game when FCD was down to ten men.

But with all of this I do wonder where guys like Tesho Akindele and Michael Barrios actually fit into the equation. Just shows that the competition on the wings and up top is pretty strong right now.

Seeing more red

Last year I joked that the club's 'Raise your Red' campaign hit a little too literal with how many red cards were being raised over FCD player's heads. Sadly enough it appears that we're diving into that similar boat here early on this season too.

We talked earlier today about how the club appealed the red card to Perez but once again his reputation is getting the best of him here. Sure, Drew Moor flopped like a fish out of water on the play but it comes back down to the fact that teams and refs know how to get under Perez's skin a bit.

Other observations:

Castillo running at defenders has to be terrifying for the defender. Holy smokes.

I've watched this replay a what feels like a thousand times already since Friday but good grief that was ridiculous from Castillo. Right now, I wouldn't want to be a defender going up against Castillo in the open field.

Hedges will be okay. I don't think we're seeing a trend of head injuries for Matt Hedges here but it is something to keep a watch on here.

Diaz back is huge. Not only did he score the lone goal of the game for FCD but his passing was super key in this one. He was 24/27 passing with one goal and one key pass on the night. Certainly a trait from the middle of the park that has been lacking in recent weeks.