Goals from the FC Dallas attack have been a bit few and far between over the last month. But last Saturday there was finally a good breakthrough as second half substitute Mauro Rosales stepped on the field and immediately made an impact with a wonderful give-and-go play with Michael Barrios.
Not only was this an insurance goal FC Dallas needed against the Seattle Sounders but it possibly brought back the FCD attack as we head into the summer.
Lets break down this play though. Rosales stepped onto the field only moments before the play. Barrios receives a turnover from none other than Clint Dempsey and wisely played a simple chest pass to Rosales and the veteran midfielder did this nifty little flick over the Seattle defense to spring the speedy Colombian free.
The great thing about this give-and-go was that it drew out the Seattle back line. Guys like Chad Marshall and Brad Evans were caught in a tough place to either try and step up to defend Rosales or stay with Barrios. Marshall tried to step to Rosales while Evans was a step late in staying with Barrios.
Barrios finally was able to do something good with the ball in the penalty box on the night as he squandered a couple good chances earlier in this game. This time he took a good enough first touch on the ball to allow himself enough space to fire a shot at the far post past Stefan Frei.
Evans did nearly catch up but luckily the shot was already away and heading towards the far post past Frei.
The goal was Barrios' team leading fifth of the season and his first since the win over Kansas City on April 17.
Here is the full play in all of its glory: