FC Dallas played their MLS home opener to a sold out crowd versus Mike Petke and Real Salt Lake and fought to a rather undeserved 1-1 draw. In a game where Dallas outshot RSL 18-9, Dallas had yet another frustrating game in front of goal, which included a near appearance of VAR to check a shot stopped on the goal line. Below are a few talking points.
Back to the Familiar
After the embarrassing crashing out of CCL to Tauro, and the continual injury of Anton Nedyalkov, Pareja decided to go with his default formation of a 4-2-3-1 with Maynor Figueroa starting in place of the injured Bulgarian.
Two other notable changes that both played very strong games: Jimmy Maurer in place of an injured Jesse Gonzalez and Jacori Hayes for Victor Ullola. Aside from the goal he let in (see next point) the former New York Cosmos played an impressive game. I wouldn’t say he is quite at Chris Seitz level, but I would trust him to man the posts when called upon. Hayes also played an impressive game, there was good communication and chemistry between him and Carlos Gruezo. More importantly, he didn’t get a red within the first half hour, so that’s always a plus! I would expect to see more minutes out of Jacori while Kellyn Acosta is injured.
Cannon Will Regret This
Reggie Cannon is a great young talent, however, he is still a very raw player. Being his first MLS start, it would be safe to expect some nerves; I do believe RSL’s goal is his fault though. When the counterattack started, Cannon had no idea Joao Plata was running in behind him, Rusnak plays a wonderful ball that splits the two players, Cannon overcompensates when he catches up to Plata inside the box and runs by him, Plata cuts in and shoots just as Hedges catches up to attempt to make a last ditch effort.
Beautiful through ball by Rusnak to start off the play. Cannon recovers well, but overruns Plata and he makes no mistake. pic.twitter.com/0hjGR6XIgA— Big D Soccer (@BigDSoccer) March 4, 2018
These are mistakes a young player needs to learn. My one concern early on in the season is that all of the chips are put into the Reggie Cannon bowl, I do believe another right back needs to be there to push the young player. Competition brings out the best in people, and the competition in training is exactly what Cannon needs in my opinion. However, he will regret his poor positioning and will learn from it.
Maxi Does Maxi Things
When all seemed hopeless, when all seemed lost, Maxi Urruti does what Maxi does best, and he creates goals out of thin air. Granted it was an own goal this time, but it was a product constructed by Maxi Urruti. He cuts between two defenders, plays the ball across the middle, and Marcelo Silva attempts to clear the ball, and blasts it into the roof of the net.
Needless to say it was a gift that we did not deserve. Dallas needs to be putting away shots like they used to; Mauro Diaz is so close to getting to full form, the front four is working on their chemistry with new signing Mosquera, and the creativity is slowly coming back.