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FC Dallas vs Montreal Impact: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Dallas picked up their fourth straight win.

MLS: Montreal Impact at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It was another hot one on Saturday evening when FC Dallas took on the Montreal Impact. The game wasn’t pretty but FC Dallas found a way to get their fourth straight win. This team continues to win but for the first time in a month or so, didn’t look all that convincing going forward. It was the fourth game in two weeks so hopefully it had more to do with having tired legs. At the end of the day though, the team has still won four in a row and is comfortably in the playoff picture.

Yes, FC Dallas hasn’t always won pretty this year. In fact, they have only won three games by multiple goals. However, they are currently in the midst of the second best start in franchise history.Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how you get the points, as long as you do.

The Good

FC Dallas was able to get a win against a bad side. It wasn’t always pretty, but once the playoffs start getting closer, it won’t matter how they got the three points. Instead, all that we will look back on is the three points and how it’s helped us secure a playoff spot and hopefully some home field advantage in the playoffs. Also, take into account that this was the fifth game in 16 days and you can kind of excuse the tired legs from the squad. No they weren’t on their ‘A’ game, but they still found a way to secure the win.

Through the last five matches, FC Dallas has gotten production from a lot of the people on the roster. We saw Ryan Hollingshead, Maynor Figeruoa and Tesho Akindele play critical roles in securing a total of 15 out of 15 points in those games. That’s huge. This is probably the deepest team that Oscar has ever had at his disposal and it’s really starting to pay dividends.

The Bad

What has happened to Mikey Barrios? The poor guy seems to have lost all of his confidence. His first touch in space looks like Colman’s from last year, as do his finishing. He is able to get himself into high scoring positions, but unfortunately he can’t do anything to bury any of the chances. FC Dallas is going to need Mikey to be a contributing factor before this season comes to an end. Santi Mosquera has been a great addition but FC Dallas, as it has most years, requires scoring by committee. Roland Lamah and Maxi Urruti have had good starts to the season, but having another avenue that is able to score could potentially set Dallas apart from a lot of the teams in the west.

Hopefully it’s a short term funk that he will be able to bounce out of it. Luckily for him, Mikey will continue to see minutes with Santi dealing with a hamstring injury. Let’s hope he is able to play his way out of whatever is going on and back into his form from last season.

The Ugly

What is the point of VAR? By no means, am I a rules expert. I feel like I have a decent handle on the finer points of the game and I could clearly tell that the first goal from Saturday should have been ruled offside. I honestly feel bad for Impact fans. That is a terrible bit of bad luck that they received from the referees in the match. What makes it worse (or maybe slightly better?) is the referee admitted to Montreal that they got the call wrong.

The implementation of VAR seems as if it has taken a large step back in the last six to eight months. I’m not sure what is going on behind the scenes but it appears as if the refs are more terrified to trust their gut instinct and instead rely on VAR. The problem is that VAR doesn’t come to the aid of the refs in some moments and wrongly comes to their aid in others. It’s become a real issue and if we aren’t careful, VAR might end up playing a significant role in a big match in the foreseeable future. Hopefully, at that point they are able to get the call right, because as of right now, they seem to consistently drop the ball.

FC Dallas is back at it again this weekend with a USOC match against Sporting KC. Hopefully we are able to exercise some demons from last year’s game with them. Luckily, the team will have a week to rest their legs before the match. This will be a real test for the team. Hopefully they are up for the challenge.