FC Dallas played their second game in two days today with a 1-1 draw against Argentina giants River Plate. The lone Dallas goal came from rookie forward Adonijah Reid.
This is game two of a eight games in eight days spree for the club. We haven’t been given any highlights but we can at least discuss a couple things from the lineups that were used today (hat-tip to FCD for posting about the game here).
First half thoughts
First half lineup: Chris Seitz, Hernan Grana, Walker Zimmerman, Matt Hedges, Maynor Figueroa, Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Gruezo, MIchael Barrios, Roland Lamah, Cristian Colman, Maxi Urruti
Lineup: When you look at this lineup you can tell a bit about where Oscar Pareja is going with his defensive group. Newcomer Hernan Grana should be an expected starter given his credentials (and brief experience in MLS). The four-man midfield is exactly what I would anticipate when Javier Morales and Mauro Diaz are out of the lineup. This kind of empty-box midfield allows for speed on the wings and the combination of the two-man forward line to showcase what they can do.
Down a goal: In this half we saw FCD go down a goal on a free kick from 30 yards out. Set piece defending was an issue early in the season last year, so I would imagine there is some rust in this group defending these sorts of things.
Second half thoughts:
Second half lineup: Seitz, Anibal Chala, Aaron Guillen, Atiba Harris, Reggie Cannon, Reid (Mauro Rosales 82), Carlos Cermeno, Jacroi Hayes, Jesus Ferreira (Trialist 82), Paxton Pomykal (Morales 52) Tesho Akindele
Lineup: A lot of changes from the first group that was on the field. More of the Homegrown players getting minutes and our first look at Morales on the pitch. This was likely more of a 4-2-3-1 formation once Morales came on the pitch too.
Reid: Nothing like seeing the lone goal get set up by a 15-year old (Ferreira) and a 17-year old score it. Hearing that Reid took on a defender, earned the free kick and then scored off of it really gives me solid hopes for this guy.
Harris at CB: Another day where we saw Harris get some time at center back. That depth behind Hedges and Zimmerman is thin but this truly is the best time to get Harris adjusted to this kind of role if we are to see him get more time here this season.
FC Dallas will face another first division Buenos Aires giant, San Lorenzo, on Friday. Once we have details of that game, we will pass them along to you here.