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FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers: What we learned

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Two new center backs on the road is always a tough gamble.

MLS: FC Dallas at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday night was a result we all knew was coming, even if we didn’t want to admit it to ourselves. With FC Dallas running a makeshift backline with our fourth and fifth best center backs was always going to be an uphill battle. Add on top of that, playing in one of the toughest environments in the league, against one of the tougher teams, was going to lead to zero points. It’s not even that big of a deal really. I was and am not concerned about the match. It’s one away fixture with a rotated squad. However, even with nothing really on the line, we were able to still learn a few things this week.

This team will go as far as the defense allows

This team’s ability to score or lack there has been quite a hot topic. After each match, the fanbase talks about the squad not scoring or not scoring a classy enough goals. The point that keeps getting overlooked is the defense, and that is the way to MLS Cup. The only way I see that happening at this point is if the team doesn’t have any injuries on the back line. If Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman are able man the backline we are in good shape, if not, we might be in trouble.

In the playoffs, you don’t need to win on the road, you just need to hold form. You can’t let a team score three on you, which has been the issue the last two years. If Hedges and Walker are there, I feel pretty confident in them. If it’s anyone else, I am a worried.

I am a pretty big Fernando Clavijo fan boy, but him not bringing in suitable backups is kind of frustrating. Hopefully he is able to do so over the summer. This team needs it, especially with the schedule getting more compact as we move along.

Cristian Colman brings out the worst in our fanbase

Yes, he had a horrible game. It’s not very often you see a shot in the box go out for an opposing team’s throw in. Colman managed to do it. Honestly, a couple of his shots looked like me trying to golf left handed, it was shank city. However, better he do all this now, instead of November. If he is still shooting like this come the playoffs, I will get my torch and pitchfork out too. For now, I’m just praying that he figures it out.

Hopefully he gets some playing time midweek against Tulsa. Give him a chance for a quick turnaround and allow him to find a rhythm.

This team battles

I was expecting us to lose 4- or 5-0. Somehow though, we managed to only lose by 2, to one of the stoutest offenses while running out a guy who was once a striker and another who moves like Shawn Bradley. This team found a way to stay close, giving themselves a couple of chances late. This heart or “veteran spirit”, is what really excites me as the season wears on.

They aren’t scared of any moment and have figured out how to handle situations where they are dealt a bad hand. There is no doubt about it, Saturday night was an offsuit 2-5.

It’s a short turn around as FCD has two matches this week. They play midweek against Tulsa in USOC and then again this weekend against Vancouver. Hopefully the squad is able to bounce back and get two positive results. This team knows that their season really starts when the playoffs begin, so everything before then is just an appetizer. Let’s enjoy the ride and kick our feet up until then.