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Preseason: Five FC Dallas players we need to see more of in 2018

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It should be the year of the Homegrown player.

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We’re a week into preseason camp here as FC Dallas continues preparing for the 2018 season. Over the weekend the reserves had their first action on the field as they took on the University of Tulsa in a friendly.

The first big test comes this weekend when the club travels to Tennessee to battle NPSL side Chattanooga FC. I would expect to see a few more starters hit the field for the first time in 2018 as Oscar Pareja continues to sort out who his first eleven will be this season.

We know the new season has brought in some new faces but here are five guys I want to see a lot of this season.

Reggie Cannon

I don’t think there is a FCD fan out there that isn’t excited to see what Cannon can bring to the table this season. Most of us expect to see him as an every day starter at right back this season now that guys like Atiba Harris and Hernan Grana are out of the picture.

The kid has an excellent motor on him though to potentially be one of the better outside backs in the league. Given how Pareja likes to have his fullbacks come forward into the attack a lot, it could play into his strengths. As long as he can develop his defending a little more and not get caught out of place too often, it should be good to see him on the field this season.

Paxton Pomykal

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I know in some ways that seeing Pomykal means that we won’t be seeing a ton of Mauro Diaz. But the brief looks that we got early last season were enough to excite me and make me believe that this is the season that we’ll get more out of him, even if it is late game situational play at first. The reports from Saturday’s game against Tulsa were more than enough to make me think that Pomykal has plenty to offer FCD this season.

Something tells me that Pareja won’t hesitate to rotate him in more this season when Diaz needs a breather.

Francis Atuahene

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If you go back and look at any of his clips from college you will understand why FCD traded away the allocation money to move up in the SuperDraft to get him. This kid has the speed and ability on the ball to be a real threat in this league. If he can develop his shooting and passing like we’ve seen Michael Barrios do over the last two seasons, this kid will have a solid career with FCD.

If anything, he will push Roland Lamah for that starting left wing spot. And that is a good thing.

Brandon Servania

A lot of college soccer experts and coaches that I’ve talked to this past year say that Servania is one of the most pro-ready guys that they’ve seen in a while. He’s not going to wow you with a ton of stats or anything like that (though he did well at Wake Forest last year) but he’ll bring a certain calmness to the field in the midfield that you need at times throughout the season.

Signing him was a big ‘get’ for FCD this offseason as it allowed the team to not go after another foreign player in his position.

Bryan Reynolds

While I think we’re really another year away from actually seeing him on the field, Reynolds looks like a beast when he is on the field right now. Last year was a great year for his development even though he didn’t get any time with the first team. He got a World Cup trip under his belt, and plenty of success stories with the academy team in the Dallas Cup.

I think at the end of the day, if he can find ways to get minutes away from Cristian Colman, that would be a huge success for the young guy.

Who are you hoping to see more of this season?