Oh. My. Goodness. On a night where Dallas’ golden boy, Dak was the honorary scarfer, Victor Ullola and co. put in one heck of a shift on Saturday. FC Dallas tied the franchise record for most goals scored in a game in the 6-2 drubbing of Real Salt Lake. There are too many great things to talk about this game, but I will try to fit in as many as I can.
Roland Lamah scores his first career hat trick
Yes, you read that correctly, Roland Lamah, the winger that has had trouble living up to expectations in following the departed Fabian Castillo, scored his first hat trick in his career.
His hat trick was not only the second-fastest in MLS history, it was also the first hat trick for the club since Tesho Akindele in 2014. For a player that has been as frustrating finding his feet, Rolly had the game of his career. This was by far his best game in the FCD shirt, his movement was strong, his passing was superb, and most importantly, the piece he has been missing, is that he hit the mark. The criticism he has gotten so far this season has been warranted, but he deservedly silenced any opposition, hopefully we will see more of peak Rolly to come.
The Assist Man
Michael Barrios is the runner up for man of the match in my books with three assists, two to Lamah, and the third to a certain debutant featured below. Since the start of 2015, Barrios is the club’s leading goalscorer, but as of late, he has turned into more of a playmaker, especially in the absence of Mauro Diaz. He had doubled his assist tally tonight to six, the previous two seasons combined with only four assists.
Mikey’s ball control has been outstanding in recent weeks, but the pass from Gruezo leading up to the first goal was something special. His composure, taking the extra touch for Lamah to catch up, and the perfectly threaded ball fuels my argument that Mikey is one of the most underrated wingers in the league.
The only thing that Pareja could ask of Barrios is that he take more shots. Right now, he is averaging .61 SOG per game, where in his previous two seasons, he averages .78 SOG per game. This is obviously due to him taking on a larger playmaker role, and that he had been freed up to be more of a goalscorer in the past, but at the moment, the small Colombian is invaluable to Oscar Pareja and this FCD side.
Jesus saves, and he also scores
At 16 years and 161 days, Jesus Ferreira has become the youngest player to play for FC Dallas. But it doesn’t stop there. He is also the younger half of the first father/son playing for the same club (albeit at different times). But there is more. Jesus is also the club’s youngest goalscorer. Still not done. Ferreira is the second youngest goalscorer in MLS history (only to Freddy Adu...but does that really count?)
Look at Jesus’ composure here. Michael Barrios crosses the ball to him on the backpost, takes the ball down well, gives it a bounce, and slots the shot in so comfortably. For somebody so young in his professional debut, his professionalism in that moment was outstanding. I hope David Ferreira was in the stadium, because he certainly made his father proud on Saturday. This is just fuelling the attacking depth at Pareja’s disposal. Speaking of David, Steve Davis dropped quite an interesting stat that is worth sharing.
Last time @FCDallas scored 6, David Ferreira had a goal (2009). Tonight his 16-YO son Jesus Ferreira became youngest scorer in club history— Steve Davis (@SteveDavis90) June 4, 2017
Keep on playing the kids, give them the professional minutes, and these homegrowns will continue to thrive.