FC Dallas opened the season with a frantic 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy. While the attack wasn’t exactly clinical, nor the defense overpowering, Dallas did tip their hand about their plans for the season.
Crosses are the answer
Dallas had to find a way to create chances without Mauro Diaz and they found it. It looks like Oscar Pareja is going to depend on balls from wide areas to produce goals. While both of Dallas’ goals from came from great individual efforts, until Diaz returns expect crosses to be the main weapon in Dallas’ arsenal. And why shouldn’t they be? With 6 foot plus Maximiliano Urruti and Cristian Colman the tactic should pay dividends as long as the service improves.
If teams, like the Galaxy did at times, put numbers in the box, crosses may not be the way to go. Dallas did a lot of crossing, but not a lot of heading this weekend and it's somewhat worrying that our main route of attack didn’t yield any goals despite what seemed like a constant stream of balls into the box. Credit must be given where credit is due, Galaxy defender, Jelle Van Damme did have a phenomenal game. Hopefully Dallas can exploit weaker defenses the rest of the season.
The Rivalry is alive and well
Things got chippy in the StubHub Center. Both sides combined for 19 fouls and four yellows. Roland Lamah bared the brunt of Galaxy’s aggression, being fouled five times. Galaxy’s addition of enforcers Jermaine Jones and Joao Pedro, a bad penalty call, and both team’s threat to win the Western Conference, should make for a fiery reverse fixture at home for the last game of the regular season.
Hernan Grana is a treat
Yes, he conceded a penalty, but here’s how we feel about that:
Must be training for Tokyo 2020 pic.twitter.com/54n5qKtvZw— Big D Soccer (@BigDSoccer) March 4, 2017
Other than that slight miscue, Grana looked exciting. His titillating link up play with Barrios on the right side is going to be fun. It’s very rare (read: impossible) to find a fullback that can dictate play, and Grana did just that. His eagerness to go forward and vacate his defense responsibilities is a little bit worrying, but you have to take the good with the bad, and Grana certainly looks to have more good than bad.
Urruti’s groove is back
Urruti looks higher on confidence than we’ve ever seen him before. He attempted a long range effort early in the game, and later found the back of the net on a scintillating solo run.
If Urruti finds his mojo early, then a lack of Mauro shouldn’t be a problem. Although, it’s key that he does. If someone doesn’t step up for Dallas until June, then Dallas might find themselves too far behind in the fight for the Supporter’s Shield, but fortunately it looks like Kellyn has already made claim to be Dallas’ new playmaker.
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