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What we learned against the Houston Dynamo: Reggie Cannon continues to impress

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Did the Derby deliver?

MLS: FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Was it a disappointing game? It depends what you expected going in. At the end of the day it’s a point on the road, so you can’t be too upset.

Don’t let the penalty fiasco distract you from the fact that Dallas played attractive, free flowing soccer for most of the game.

Yes, Lamah was wrong

Let’s go ahead and get it out of the way.

What Lamah did was wrong. He shouldn’t have waved off Ziegler. Ziegler has made his last 12 penalties in a row. If Ziegler is on the field, he should be taking the penalties. Lamah was selfish to try to take the penalty himself.

There. I’ve said all that you can say about it. It’s useless to focus much more energy or anger at something that took up less than 1/90th of the game. I’m sure Roland feels worse about it than you do, so I don’t want to hear any more complaining in the comments. There is no cosmic conspiracy against FC Dallas and no soccer Illuminati making sure that VAR calls go against us. All you can do is take the highs with the lows. This will just make the next derby even juicier.

Cannon delivers under pressure

Reggie Cannon’s defensive actions against Houston (green- tackles won, blue- interceptions, purple- clearances, yellow- recoveries)
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Under normal circumstances, an away derby is a tough game for a 20-year old to play in. But not if you’re Reggie Cannon. He’s been (at least) solid this season, if not great, but the performance he put on under the pressure of a derby was phenomenal. He made a handful of breathtaking tackles that started counters for Dallas and stopped Houston in their tracks.

We talk a lot about playing the kids and Paxton Pomykal getting his minutes, but I’m worried that we don’t appreciate Reggie enough. Is it because right back isn’t as sexy of a position as whatever midfield position Paxton plays? I don’t understand how fans can fawn so much over a player like Paxton who is supposedly the future of American soccer when Reggie Cannon is playing every week at a high level. And don’t take that as a slight against Paxton, more of a call to appreciate Cannon more. If you ask me who out of all of this crop of academy kids who is going to have the best career, I would pick Cannon hands down. He does what he’s asked and does it well. He has all the physical and mental tools to be a phenomenal full back for more than the next decade.

FC Dallas support

There were about five minutes in the first half that I heard FC Dallas fans cheering. This statement is crazy enough as is, but consider these additional variables. I was not at the game. I heard these fans on the TV! Not only that, but the game was in Houston. That means that a dedicated group of FC Dallas fans travelled from Dallas to Houston, then cheered so loud that they were able to be heard on the TV over Houston’s fans.

Maybe this isn’t the first derby where that has happened, but it’s the first time I noticed and it meant a lot to me as a fan. Thank you to everyone who went to Houston and represented Dallas so well. A lot of us that write for blogs like this do it because we love the sport and want to see it grow in America, and having dedicated supporters travelling so well feels like a great milestone.