Luchi Gonzalez led FC Dallas to his first ever win as an MLS manager. Thanks to a kick in the ribs to Matt Hedges in the box, a Reto Ziegler penalty, a piece of brilliance by Paxton Pomykal, and a rocket by Bryan Acosta, the “lion” was tamed as FC Dallas also notched their first win of the 2019 MLS season.
Paxton Pomykal is what was missing last week
I was prepared to write about Pax having a rough game and not really making his mark. I changed my mind after 30 minutes where he was starting to be more clinical. In the 35th minute, the homegrown made a cheeky backheel pass in the 35th minute.
The 61st minute, Pomykal made his mark.
Pax dribbles the ball to the byline, plays the ball back through the box, and Bryan Acosta slices the ball into the upper right corner past David Bingham. If Jacori Hayes is healthy, and Paxton still does not get the start, I will be floored. He was that missing link between the defense and the attack, and his presence was definitely felt once he got his feet wet.
Badji needs to take advantage of his chances
I always find it difficult to gauge how players will pan out based off of preseason. Dominique Badji has never been a player that excites people, I remember when we acquired him for Kellyn Acosta, very few were genuinely excited that we got the Senegalese. Sure, he had an incredible preseason with notching 6 goals. But when you miss a golden opportunity, some eyebrows will be raised.
Only two games in, but do we have a true striker that will excite FCD Nation?
Possession possession possession
Luchi-ball is becoming a thing, and for two weeks now has been suffocating their opponents with possession. When LA did have the ball, Reto Ziegler marshaled the defense to perfection.
No Zlatan no party for @LAGalaxy!!! @FCDallas made 30 clearances today, allowed 1 shot on target, and made it bleakful for the LA attack in the final third!! Sturdy @pdub116 pic.twitter.com/MPoddWsyHH— Tyler Dunne ⚫️ (@TDunneFooty) March 10, 2019
Yes, 30 clearances. Tack that along with 64% possession, the Hoops have the tools to be impressive this season. With Luchi getting his first W of the season, the weight is now off his shoulders for that important first three points. We also had five players that played at least 45 minutes with over 90% pass success rate in Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Reggie Cannon, Carlos Gruezo, and Bryan Acosta accounting for 369 passes. On that note, FC Dallas outpassed the Galaxy 643-341. Those five players had more accurate passes than the entire Los Angeles side. Pure domination.
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