It was a day of celebration for all Americans, but the happiest ones could be found in Frisco as FC Dallas scored four on the Fourth to move into first place in the MLS Supporters' Shield standings. Dallas showed who is really at the top of the food chain as the lions of Orlando City rolled over and played dead from the beginning of this contest. Want to see what domination looks like on the Opta chalkboard?
FCD had a whopping 19 shots, ten of which were on target. Seven shots were from in the box and between the posts. A team that can generate dangerous shots like this will be expected to win the game by multiple goals.
Orlando had no shots in the first half. In the second half, they launched three balls from long distance. One went well over the bar and the other two were blocked. That's the second game in a row where Dallas has held the opponent to zero shots on goal!
Take 'em on, take 'em out
One criticism I've had in recent weeks is that our boys haven't been taking on defenders in the attacking third enough. I mean, Fabian Castillo has a 50% career success rate when trying to beat his man. Get him the ball around the box, wind him up, and let him go! I enjoyed the dribbling in this one as Mauro Diaz had three successful take-ons, while Maximiliano Urruti and Fabi each had two. Four of the successful take-ons were in and around the box.
Have you heard of this Kaká guy before? He was actually the FIFA Ballon d'Or recipient at one point, given to the best player in the world! Against Dallas, he was limited to a smattering of passes to the wings before getting the hook at half. If you were told to pick which guy on the field was named the best player in the world at some point, you would've picked Magical Mauro.
Cyle Larin is another Orlando player who has won a major award, having been named Rookie of the Year last year. Larin was entirely ineffective in this game, offering a pitiful two pass attempts! FC Dallas was utterly dominant in every aspect of this game.
Man of the Match Mauro
Mauro Diaz was the standout player in this game. He generated a staggering seven chances for his teammates! His set piece delivery put the ball on a platter for Waker Zimmerman and Matt Hedges to smash into the back of the net. It appears that the only thing that can stop Diaz is his health.