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Scratching the Chalkboard: Mad Maxi: Chilena Road

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The road back for Maxi has been a rough one.

MLS: FC Dallas at San Jose Earthquakes Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Mad Maxi demanded that you witness him on the bicycle kick (Chilena en Español) that decided FC Dallas at San Jose, but what stats stood out on the Opta chalkboard?

The match unfolded how many of us predicted - a hard-fought one goal victory. FC Dallas ended San Jose's home winning streak with their third straight shutout win. What stood out on the Opta chalkboard in this performance?

Mad Maxi - "Witness Me"

Maximiliano Urruti has fallen short of the expectations of a line-leading striker when it comes to goals this season. Expected goals, which is a measure of shot quality, shows that Urruti would be expected to have scored 3.9 goals this season before this game. That is bad, but what's worse is that he had only scored three.

Is his game-winning bicycle kick from seven yards the spark needed to kick his season into the next gear? FC Dallas fans can only hope he has become shiny and chrome and is ready to lead FC Dallas to Valhalla.

Confident Center Backs

San Jose tried to lump the ball into the box as much as possible, especially as the game wore on and they needed a goal. Chris Wondolowski is a master at finding a half yard in the box. Chad Barrett is known for poaching a last second goal on a ball sent hopefully into the box.

Let this be a warning to future FC Dallas foes: Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman are dominant aerial defenders. Of the 17 balls sent in and around the box, our boys successfully headed 16 of them away. Hedges and Zim each had five headed clearances. Opponents will have to find another way to break down the Dallas defense.