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Scouting Report: How the Columbus Crew are going to be tricky for FC Dallas

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Why playing the kids isn’t the answer.

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Columbus Crew SC Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas heads to Ohio to battle a MLS original in the Columbus Crew SC.

Crew played on Wednesday night, taking on the LA Galaxy. The Crew won 2-0 at MAPFRE Stadium. The Crew currently sit in forth in the Eastern Conference and look like a comfortable playoff team in the East.

New additions

The Crew got busy during the summer transfer window and added some firepower to their attack. Then added a DP in Pedro Santos from Braga. Santos started his first game against the Galaxy and registered an assist.

Lineup

Key to victory

You’ve heard just about every writer for Big D Soccer say that playing the kids is the answer. That somehow Reggie Cannon is going to fix our offensive woes. I’ve watched this Dallas team show improvement during every game in this slump. I’m certainly not happy with it, but after giving up seven goals in two games Dallas plays at home and gets a clean sheet against Colorado and posts their highest number of shots all season.

Then, against the Dynamo Pareja shakes things up. With a new formation Dallas score three goals, and create half a dozen other good chances. Their problems were mental, and that can’t be fixed by anything other than time. Matt Hedges will return to form, don’t bench the reigning MLS Defender of the Year when things need shaking up. If Dallas want to make a run deep into the playoffs, playing the kids isn’t the message that needs to be sent for them to do that. The only chance Dallas stands is if their core players can pick it up again. An in-form Walker Hume will not win Dallas the MLS cup, they need Hedges, and you just have to be patient for it. Benching starters would just harm the locker room chemistry we are all so fond of.

Key matchup

Pedro Santos vs Kellyn Acosta

I was really impressed with what I saw from Pedro Santos against the Galaxy. He picked up the ball in the final third and excelled at making incisive passes into the box. If Dallas give Pedro Santos the space between the midfield and back line that they gave Houston, he will have a big week. They must strike some sort of balance between being aggressive in creating chances and still being solid defensively. Kellyn showed improvement last week and got more involved in both the attack and defense than I had seen him be all summer. He must continue that trend, especially in his defensive work rate, if Dallas want to continue to improve against Columbus.


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