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Talking Points: FC Dallas concedes late to draw San Jose Earthquakes

Dallas shares points with Earthquakes in difficult road game

MLS: FC Dallas at San Jose Earthquakes John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas traveled to the west coast to take on the San Jose Earthquakes in what turned out to be a bit of a lull of a game. Not many chances were created with 11 shots, and only three on target. But with a Kellyn Acosta goal, there seemed to be hope.

Then in the 94th minute, San Jose spoiled Dallas’ night and a chance at three points.

FC Dallas concedes their first goal in open play this season

In fact, it’s their first goal conceded in MLS open play in 827 minutes, dating back to FC Dallas vs NYCFC last September. As impressive of a stat that is, it was painfully similar to Hirving Lozano’s go ahead winner in the CCL semis just a couple weeks ago.

I am not too sure what Atiba Harris was doing during this play, but his marking was poor, and with how slowly the ball rolled in, Jesse Gonzalez should have saved it. It is unfortunate, because the homegrown keeper had some incredible saves, and in my opinion is still leading the charge for the starting spot.

This is no reason at all to panic, but stagnation in the back line when there is a narrow lead is unacceptable, and Jason Poon wrote a fantastic piece on Dallas’ defense, and brought up good points on opposition chance creation, and how goals were inevitable.

Is it time to start benching players?

I am beginning to lose some patience with Roland Lamah, he missed yet another sitter on Friday. Yes, he has decent pace, and his passing is good for the most part, but he has been awful in front of goal. There have been numerous occasions when he has missed a wide open net by inches. I don’t know if it’s bad luck, but as a professional, he should be putting those shots in.

I have the same issue with Cristian Colman. I will precede with this: I am seeing improvements with the Paraguayan. He is finally winning some one on ones and his first touch is getting better. But he is still not finishing in front of goal. At this moment, his only two goals come from CCL play, and has been fairly disappointing in the league.

Whenever Oscar Pareja switched to a 4-2-3-1, Dallas’ play opened up more and was able to create more chances. It may not be a bad idea for Oscar to look into a formation shift for a couple weeks and bench a couple of players due to poor form.

Did I miss any talking points? Drop them in the comments!