FC Dallas played a struggling, reinforced Minnesota United Saturday night, defeating them 2-0 thanks to goals from Javier Morales and Michael Barrios. Thanks to a few tweaks, there is plenty to talk about.
Rotation was key
After crashing out of the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday, the restart button was needed to be pressed. That is exactly what Oscar Pareja did with rotating three players and a formation shift.
Throughout the season so far, Oscar Pareja has favored a flat 4-4-2. but shifted to an attacking 4-3-3. Because of this, Maynor Figueroa was rested and gave Atiba Harris the nod, Javier Morales got the start as the number 10, Cristian Colman was left on the bench in favor of Maxi Urruit, and Jesse Gonzalez started in goal ahead of Chris Seitz; but we’ll touch on that later.
So, what does this mean? Not too much. Dallas has had a fixture heavy two months and now that Pareja and co. are out of the Champions League, he was able to give a couple of players some much needed rest. It is unlikely that this will be a formation we see consistently, Dallas has been successful with the 4-4-2 and will more than likely be the formation we go with until Mauro Diaz returns from injury.
Jesse? Seitz? You decide.
For the first time this season, homegrown Jesse Gonzalez got the start ahead of Chris Seitz who struggled against Pachuca. Given this opportunity, he grabbed it by the horns and took advantage of it. It is arguable that if it weren’t for saves like this, Dallas would’ve let in two or three goals.
Jesse had some unbelievable saves in his Man of the Match appearance that has reopened the starting goalkeeper situation. Jesse has not been a consistent starter since the 2015 season where he surpassed Chris Seitz and Dan Kennedy. With the amount of upside that he has, and with a fantastic shift, the goalkeeper debate is officially open! I encourage you to put in the comments who you’d recommend to occupy the starting spot. With the speculation of bringing in another keeper, it is likely that this is a motive for Jesse in practices to give everything he has got and has translated appropriately into the chance he took in the match.