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Talking Points: A rotated FC Dallas loses to Portland

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This was a bit different from last week

MLS: FC Dallas at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas has never had a great record at Providence Park, with only one win against Portland Timbers away from Dallas, so aside from the depth issue, they had their work cut out for them. Adding in Maynor Figueroa out on international duty, only Grana was the remaining starter in the backline.

It’s hard to expect much of a defensive partnership of a natural attacker and a rookie

With Matt Hedges and the aforementioned Figs on international duty, Oscar Pareja was left with few options on who to play. Hollingshead? No where near full health. Aaron Guillen? No one would be available to play left back. Enter in rookie Walker Hume. He had a 5/10 performance in his last outing vs Chicago. The rookie had some moments of promise, but he still seems out of depth at times. I can’t really blame him though, if he was being subbed in for either Hedges or Zim, he would be a bit more comfortable with someone more experienced giving him direction.

You can’t fully blame Hume on this, first off, this was an awful pass by Gruezo, Atiba started to close in on the Portland attacker, but Hume had little hustle tracking back to cover for Harris. Had the rookie been in a full sprint, he would have possibly been able to slide in to stop the shot.

This wasn’t a stellar game by Walker Hume, but this is valuable experience for the young defender in what could turn into a promising career for him.

Inches away from the lead

Roland Lamah, last week’s hat trick hero nearly gave Dallas the chance to have the lead when Michael Barrios played a through ball across the box for Rolly to have a simple tap in. Jake Gleeson and the Portland defense did a fantastic job with handling this chance by clearing the ball with about an inch to spare.

This was Dallas’ only legitimate chance with the other shot on goal being a Victor Ullola free kick. This has been FC Dallas’ issue for most of the season, finding answers without Mauro Diaz in the picture. Dallas’ attackers do many things right, but seem to struggle with the end product. Now that Super Mauro is back in the picture, at least in the second half, we are starting to have some more creative flair in the closing stages of the game. However, if things like this below keep happening, I don’t care if you are Mauro Diaz or Leo Messi, you don’t have many options.

One last one: Oh Colman...

There really are not many words for Colman on this, poor guy; he has had such rough luck, one of these days he will get his first MLS goal. I am sure all of DTID had the same feeling as Mauro here

Up next: US Open Cup vs Tulsa Roughnecks. Expect some rotation, hopefully some more minutes for the likes of Hume and Guillen.

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