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FC Dallas vs NYCFC Observations: Tight-Spaced Game

Reggie Cannon had a great performance in a game with a high-tempo that he had to adjust to.

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FC Dallas and New York City FC played an odd, exciting, action-packed match that had the potential for a lot of goals. Both teams applied high-pressure to each other, and they were playing on the thin field of Yankee Stadium, so the possession went back and forth between the two clubs constantly throughout the match.

A clobbered central midfield.

both teams had to play very quickly through the midfield. NYCFC is used to playing that way, and FC Dallas were not as adjusted to this game style. Jacori Hayes and Victor Ulloa were not able to control the game in this one.

Cannon was forced to not play timidly.

Without having a lot of space, Reggie Cannon did not have options abailable for the easy pass. He usually performs simple plays. He prefers not to dribble the ball, and he likes to make sure he gets the ball to an open teammate, which more often than not, means going backwards or sideways.

This is not always bad. It retains FC Dallas possession of the ball. But sometimes it is good to take a risk on a forward pass to get an attack going.

Against NYCFC, Cannon and his teammates did not have enough space or time to play the possession game, which meant that Cannon was absorbed into the nitty-gritty parts of the game.

Cannon ended up having a great game. He was solid defensively, and proved that he could navigate in tight spaces.

Mosquera looks like a completely different player from his first games with Dallas.

One of the other positive takeaways from this match was Santiago Mosquera, who is playing much better games than he did in his first minutes with FCD. When Mosquera arrived at FC Dallas, I was a little worried, because his play did not look up to parr.

It appears that he just needed some time to adjust to his new team. Oscar Pareja gave him a break with a few games coming off the bench. Since getting the start last week, Mosquera has looked like a new, much improved player.

Against NYCFC, Mosquera scored his first MLS goal, but he also created almost all of FC Dallas’ chances at goal. He put Cristian Colman 1vs1 with New York’s keeper, and also had many shooting opportunities himself at goal that forced saves from Sean Johnson.

This game was unusual, but hopefully FC Dallas will carry over the positives from this game and try to fix the negatives.