FC Dallas were held to a second goalless draw in less than a week on Wednesday night as Guatemalan champions CD Suchitepequez came to Frisco and left home with a point. Oscar Pareja changed the entire starting eleven from Saturday’s draw at Real Salt Lake with one eye on this weekend’s visit of LA Galaxy, but FCD were unable to produce a win and this draw now leaves their hopes of progressing in the CONCACAF Champions League in the balance.
Although the team was unable to score on the night, the amount of possession they had and opportunities the players managed to create would make anyone who didn’t know the score think this was a comfortable win for Dallas. Twenty-seven shots in total although of only which four were on target would usually be enough to result in several goals for any team, but on Wednesday night, it just wasn’t meant to be for FCD against a stubborn, resistant Central American opponent.
Another positive is obviously the fact that Pareja managed to find a way to rest the entire starting eleven in the middle of a tough, demanding schedule as the Supporters’ Shield race is heating up and the MLS Cup playoffs are nearing. The draw may have been a frustrating one which leaves FCD with a tricky trip to make to Guatemala where they’ll have to get a result, but with important fixtures coming thick and fast now, it made sense to give the first team a night off and it’s a decision that may do more good than bad over the next couple of months for the club.
The game also marked the FCD debuts of Argentine defender Norberto Paparatto and German midfielder Timo Pitter, as well as the re-debut of veteran Carlos Ruiz. Also, the match day squad included six homegrown players, which is the most in MLS and franchise history and are two nice little tidbits to take out of this match as well.
Not a whole lot of bad to take out from this game even if it wasn’t a win, aside from the lack of inefficiency in front of goal from the team. Although they came close to scoring on a few occasions, Dallas were just unable to get the ball into the back of the net for some reason. Whether this was just an off day or a concerning display from the backups for the starting attacking players remains to be seen, but it was a frustrating watch no doubt if you were rooting for FCD in this one.
Aubrey David suffered his first dismissal since arriving on loan in the summer which was the second red card the team has received this year after Maynor Figueroa’s against Seattle in July. It was a bad point in last night’s game and considering the amount of fouls that the team has committed in recent matches, it’s perhaps not surprising that someone’s been sent off now. Hopefully in the future these tendencies will grow smaller and Dallas will have less disciplinary problems going forward from here.
FC Dallas will now host LA Galaxy on Saturday night in yet another vital match as they look to get back to winning ways and seize control of the Supporters’ Shield race while ending LA’s in the process.