FC Dallas took three points from the hosts, Los Angeles Galaxy in a thrilling 2-1 victory with goals from Maximiliano Urruti and Kellyn Acosta. Here are a few takeaways from the win Saturday afternoon.
Oscar Pareja reverts back to a 4-4-2
I am beginning to think that Javier Morales will play more of the Mauro Rosales role and come off the bench more often than him starting. With that being said, it looks like Pareja’s side will be shifting to a 4-4-2 flat midfield until Mauro Diaz returns from injury.
Cristian Colman and Urruti seem to link up well together, they interchange who tracks back. Colman will find his footing in MLS, it may take a couple of games, but plenty of promise is there, and with having a strike partner, he will open his account soon.
Kellyn "Human Torch" Acosta
The year of the Kellyn continues as he displays a fantastic performance from the 21 year old Homegrown in the center of the park. He continued to add to his goal scoring tally with a pinpoint pass from Roland Lamah, dribble pass Daniel Steres, shoot across his body and beats Brian Rowe on the left to score the decisive goal.
Kellyn "Human Torch" Acosta is the Man of the Match! pic.twitter.com/Z3kA6NcETY— Big D Soccer (@BigDSoccer) March 4, 2017
Kellyn was able to take advantage of the two yellow cards in Jermaine Jones and Joao Pedro in the center of the park. Because of this, "Human Torch" and Carlos Gruezo was able to dominate the center of the midfield and cause problems throughout the 90 minutes.
We still haven’t seen peak Roland Lamah
I cannot stress this enough, Lamah has a lot of rust to shake off. Prior to signing with FC Dallas, his last competitive game was 9 months ago with the Hungarian champions, Ferencaros. I don’t care if you are Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, if you don’t play for 9 months, it’ll take 8-10 games to hit your stride. His passing for the most part was top notch, he even provided a lovely assist to Kellyn Acosta but silly mistakes such as a weak back pass to Chris Seitz nearly caused a goal for the hosts.
There was another instance where he received a pass on the sideline, with no pressure at all, and fumbled the ball out of bounds. Once he gets more minutes under his belt, I think he will be a big player on the wing as we have already seen promising flashes from the 29-year-old Belgian.
One more: Record Setters
FC Dallas had taken advantage of their extensive Argentina preseason trip and two competitive CCL matches to set an MLS record for six consecutive season openers won.
Between Seitz with his clutch saves, the never say die attitude of Hedges and Zimmerman, the pace of Grana, Lamah, and Colman, and the relentless work rate of Maxi Urruit, FC Dallas will be a team many will fear this season.