FC Dallas took on a conference rival in Seattle Sounders, a team that has been a tough team to face the last several years. Following the Sounders being knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League during midweek, along with key players Nicholas Lodeiro and Will Bruin out injured, the Sounders had much to prove.
Nedyalkov and Lamah get the nod
Anton Nedyalkov had returned from an achilles injury, while Roland Lamah got the nod over new signing Santiago Mosquera.
Victor Ullola was also a late injury scratch, causing Jacori Hayes to start. This may have been the strongest lineup that Pareja has trotted out with, Nedyalkov and Lamah compliment each other real well (more below), and the new look back four is finally beginning to gel and put together a solid performance.
A gift from Dempsey leaves Seattle a man down
An off the ball challenge where it appears that Clint Dempsey had hit Jacori Hayes in the groin led to the first use of VAR at Toyota Stadium in 2018. When it comes to VAR in Frisco, the Hoops were haunted early on in its existence, being robbed of several goals, to where we can be a little nervy when a referee makes the video screen motion.
In this case, it was justified as it were a chance to review a possible red card to which justice was served. The Texas native did not challenge the decision, and trudged off the field. This man advantage helped Mauro Diaz and co. dismantle the Sounders for the remaining 55 minutes.
Roland Lamah with a Brace and Assist
I feel like we ask this about 3-4 times a season, but where did this Lamah come from?! The 30-year-old was all over the place; clinical with the chances provided for him, and ran riot on the Seattle defense. I particularly enjoyed his second goal.
Some nice link up play, Lamah finds the gap, Anton plays a perfectly weighted pass, and Lamah chips Stefan Frei. It may be difficult to see Lamah losing his starting spot to Mosquera come Saturday when we face Portland. His performance on Sunday was just too good to justify dropping him.
#PlayTheKids has returned
Reggie Cannon a regular starter, Jacori Hayes covering for fellow homegrown talent, and Paxton Pomykal received regular minutes on Sunday. Hayes is looking more comfortable with each minute he plays, and is looking like a true professional. Pomykal in particular has had a big week. On Friday, the Highland Village native received a call up into the US U-20 national team. o reward the 18-year-old, Pareja put him on to replace Jacori Hayes to see out the remaining 20 minutes of the match.
82’ Nifty link-up from Paxi and Mikey for the chance on goal. pic.twitter.com/1az1Q6lRGP— Big D Soccer (@BigDSoccer) March 18, 2018
Paxi had a phenomenal cameo providing glimpses of his talent as in the video above. It is just a further reminder that the future is bright in Frisco as Luchi Gonzalez and the academy program is churning out incredible talent.