After a humiliating 3-0 loss to Red Bulls, Oscar Pareja and FC Dallas looked to bounce back after putting the five game winning streak to a screeching halt. With plenty of off the field news between the transfer of Anton Nedyalkov and the impending transfer of Mauro Diaz, a positive result on the road was something that the Dallas faithful needed. A 59th minute header by Roland Lamah sealed the crucial three points to put Dallas tied for first in the west.
Not just in Frisco, but there is a league-wide debate on how to best build your squad, through your homegrowns? Through big name European stars? Through youthful South Americans? Well, the homegrown crowd was certainly pleased with the amount of youth in the lineup, including a professional (and impressive) debut from Kris Reaves.
As Carter stated, SIX Homegrown players took the field; when Kellyn Acosta subbed on in the second half, the #PlayYourKids crowd had the chance to cheer for a new record. With the recent transfer activity, and a crowded fixture list, expect to see more playing time for Paxton Pomykal and Reaves.
We Lacked Creativity..But That’s Okay
It can be hard to figure this team out. On our day, there is plenty of creativity, pace, and threat in front of goal to make it exciting for any neutral to watch, heck even a few weeks ago Jesse Gonzalez made nine saves against Toronto. On Friday, however, this was a difficult team to watch, it was very bland and there wasn’t much motivation to make any threats towards goal. It took Santiago Mosquera coming in to provide a much needed spark of energy which eventually led to the only goal of the match.
Lamah with the goal! FC Dallas takes the 1-0 lead. pic.twitter.com/6D1M8c61Uk— Big D Soccer (@BigDSoccer) June 30, 2018
On that note, we need to appreciate the impact Roland Lamah has made; who is now leading the team with seven goals. I think that going forward in this run of games to play Lamah, Urruti and Mosquera as your front line. You will have the directness of Rolly, the creativeness and flair of Mosquera and the defensive work rate in Maxi.
Prepare for Life Post-Mauro.
As stated earlier, FC Dallas’ best player, Mauro Diaz appears to be heading towards the Middle East.
Unfortunately, this has brought out some of the cynics praising Dallas for getting rid of someone of Mauro’s caliber, who are ultimately treating FC Dallas like a bottom feeder club, while in the meantime Dallas is climbing the table and can take the lead in the Supporters Shield Race come Wednesday.
Looking forward, I would like to see two possible options until a replacement for Mauro is signed. Either give Paxy more minutes, which many have been calling for over the last two seasons. With the depth in central midfield, I would also like to see Kellyn Acosta playing a more advanced role. We saw this when Mauro was recovering from his Achilles’ injury and saw some of the best soccer out of the homegrown. Possibly placing him back in a more advanced role will see more confidence out of him.