FC Dallas' game on Saturday may have seemed a bit dull, but there was plenty to take from the game, including some positives both offensively and defensively.
Urruti's goalscoring doesn't look like it's going anywhere anytime soon
The season is almost at it's halfway point, and Maxi Urruti's hot goalscoring start to 2017 does not look like it is going anywhere. He scored the lone goal for Dallas off of a play created by himself. Although he has not had as much support in the attack this year as last year, he has found ways to score. In the next two games, if Urruti finds the back of net one time, he will tie his goal count from all of last season in half of this season.
It's nice that Urruti is scoring consistently and not going on cold runs. Across all competitions this year, the longest number of games Urruti has gone without a goal is only four. Through FC Dallas' scoring woes, one FC Dallas striker is stepping up to bring the much needed goals.
Pareja prefers Figueroa at center back over Atiba Harris
When I clicked a notification on my phone from the MLS app telling me the lineup for the match was available, I thought it was a mistake when it showed Maynor Figueroa as a center back next to Matt Hedges with Atiba Harris holding down the left fullback position. After his previous games, I thought Atiba would stay at center back with Figueroa coming in at his natural fullback position, but I was obviously wrong. Figueroa and Hedges locked down the back nicely, and Atiba helped them out from the flank. Going forward, it looks like Figueroa is above Atiba on the center back depth chart, despite Atiba's great performances when he was filling in at that position.
Free kicks are a weakness for Jesse Gonzalez
Christian Techera hit quite a shot on his free kick goal, but Chris Seitz may have been able to make the save. In the past, Gonzalez has had issues defending free kicks, and this was another time he got beat.