In Week 2 of the MLS Season, FC Dallas earned a tough point on the road. FC Dallas achieved a 0-0 scoreline against Sporting Kansas City, despite using a reserve heavy line-up, that included the youngest player (Pomykal/17yrs) to earn a start in FCD history. The Power Rankings had mixed feeling about the result.
Comments: A scoreless draw on the road isn't much to write home about, but Oscar Pareja put out a reserve-laden side against Sporting KC and escaped with a valuable point.
Comments: With CCL approaching, Dallas went with the kids ... and they delivered a road point in a tough venue. No naming names, but at least a few folks around #MLSDigital might as well throw on Pomykal jerseys ...
Comments: Oscar Pareja rested a host of first-choice players against Sporting Kansas City and still managed an away point. (It should be pointed out that Herculez Gomez disagreed with the FCD power ranking on the ESPNFC video provided in the link.)
Comments: Oscar Pareja rested a number of key players, replacing them with more young homegrowns, and the patchwork lineup held its own in a 0–0 away draw at Sporting Kansas City. It wasn’t a sexy result (in fact the game itself was pretty awful), but any point away from home is good, and the rest given to the likes of Kellyn Acosta, Roland Lamah, and Michael Barrios will pay dividends. Dallas plays the first leg of its CONCACAF Champions League semifinal vs. Pachuca on Wednesday.
Comments: Head coach Oscar Pareja rested some of his starters for a CCL match with Pachuca this week and got a road point. Paxton Pomydal, wearing the No. 19 jersey formerly worn by the late Bobby Rhine, entered history as the youngest player (17 years, 84 days) to start a match for FCD, which controlled only 31.5 percent of possession but also limited SKC to two shots on goal. Cristian Colman's header off the woodwork was the closest either team came to scoring.
Comments: The Rankings are sleeping a little bit on FCD. This week's 0-0 draw in KC was achieved with a largely second-string lineup as Dallas sought to protect its front-line players for CONCACAF Champions League. The Power Rankings believe that 0-0 draws are not evidence of power, but FCD might reasonably be regarded as having provided an exception to that rule this week.