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Scratching the Chalkboard: Missed Chances

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Oh Maxi, Maxi, Maxi.

MLS: Sporting KC at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

With the draw, FC Dallas remains unbeaten at home in 2016, posting a 9W 4D 0L record while extending their home unbeaten streak to 18 matches. A streak that began in August of 2015. Despite keeping their unbeaten streak alive, Dallas may rue this match for some missed opportunities to bury the match and extend their Supporters’ Shield lead over the Colorado Rapids.

Finishing Touches

Perhaps the most infuriating part of last night’s draw was that Dallas had their chances and should’ve buried Sporting Kansas City with a gluttony of goals. In the first half, Maxi Urruti had the best chance to put Dallas ahead but failed to convert.

“Why you no score Urruti?”

Even Victor Ulloa had a half volley attempt that he rocketed on frame, but in retrospect may have opted to place rather than hit the ball through the laces.

Perhaps side footing this would’ve been the better choice.

Naturally, putting away two goals in the second half was a much better sign for the Dallas attack, but both Tesho Akindele and Atiba Harris had two glorious chances to take the lead but flashed their attempts wide of the goal.

“Why you don't you just go HOME? That's your HOME! Are you too good for your HOME?”

Headers 101: Defense - Up and away. Offense - Down.

Forgettable Starting Debut

Getterson showed flashes of his offensive skill set on Wednesday against LA, and was awarded his first start. For some reason, he appeared to leave those behind in California for this one. In 61 minutes of action, he logged just 14 touches.

I suppose handing him David Texeira’s old number was fitting for this one.

Maxi “The Enigma” Urruti

Urruti’s contributions to this side has been erratic this season. At one point he was the leading talisman, putting in three goals in the opening four matches, but then the goals dried up for 13 straight matches in MLS play. Now he has scored in four straight games (that he’s featured in) in MLS play. The whole “feast or famine” approach to Urruti’s goal scoring prowess is a little strange.

His chalkboard also illustrates the confusion over Urruti’s overall effectiveness. There’s the wonderful bicycle kick goal along with that missed sitter just at the top of the six yard box, along with two key passes that led to shots.

In our Slack channel I even offered this right before half time:

The fact that Urruti can go long stretches without finishing his chances if infuriating but the fact remains that he is currently FCD’s leading goal scorer (7) and he is the one player on the team currently that possesses the ability to pull a goal out of nothing, while simultaneously be the same guy that plays this pass on a 4-on-1 counter:

If I were giving Urruti a grade, it would be: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Missing Loyd

Dallas has done fairly well without Zach Loyd in the lineup. In the nine games since his concussion injury, Dallas has posted a 5W 2D 2L record with 15 GF and 11GA. Where he’s been missed though is when Dallas faces a striker like Dom Dwyer, who not only got off six shots (5 inside the penalty area) but also finished with a brace.

This is not a knock against Walker Zimmerman, who’s been having a stellar break-out year for himself. But rather, this highlights how much Dallas has missed Loyd’s last ditch, scrambling defensive abilities. Nobody is better at that on this team and Loyd is possibly the best in the league too. Against a striker with Dwyer’s mobility and vision, you need that defender who has the recovery speed and timing to make those last ditch tackles and blocks to keep the ball away from goal. Dallas missed that last night and hopefully Loyd can recover in time to return this season.