Following his story in D Magazine, Luchi Gonzalez looking like he came out of GQ trotted our five homegrowns for the second week in a row dismantling Real Salt Lake 4-2 featuring a Paxton Pomykal brace. There were many talking points, the kids killing it, Carlos Gruezo with the third fastest goal in FC Dallas history, the red card, but one point stands above the rest.
We weren’t Toledo’d!
That’s right, Baldomero Toledo, one of the most infuriating referee’s if you are a FC Dallas fan took charge in Saturday night’s game in Rio Tinto stadium, and with Toledo having a reputation of being card friendly, I was expecting a frustrating 90 minutes. Watching the game, you could tell that the RSL players and fans were getting increasingly frustrated with every stoppage of play. Damir Kreilach’s red card was a key moment with his decision making. Albeit, Gruezo made the most of the head to head contact, but Kreilach did headbutt Gruezo three feet in front of Toledo; and sending off their attacking midfielder with 70 minutes of soccer to still be played, it was a gutsy move, and one that finally happened to fall in favor of the Hoops.
FC Dallas can press!
I believe this was his third MLS goal, but if you watch Carlos Gruezo, you would be as surprised as I was when he fired a shot that it didn’t go into the 15th row, but instead the back of the net. It was a result to a fine press by Paxton Pomykal (more on him later) a pass from Jesus Ferreira to Michael Barrios, then a lateral pass to Carlos Gruezo resulting in a goal 45 seconds into the game, the third fastest goal in FC Dallas history.
This was something that was fantastic to see throughout the 90 minutes. This was a big factor that led to FC Dallas having 67% possession; RSL playing down a man certainly played a factor in the number as well. Another note is we had 688 passes with an 89% passing accuracy. Pure domination from the kiddos.
Butt Goals for DAYZZZ
Step aside, Mark Sanchez. Welcome Nedum Onuoha with the latest term, the butt goal (courtesy Mark Followill).
If you weren’t already on the Pomykal hype train, it’s running fast now, because #19 has now scored his first two pro goals. The 19-year-old from Highland Village was a monster, given a 9.6 rating and Man of the Match on WhoScored. He completed 62 passes with a 92% success rate, but his off the ball movement was probably the most impressive thing, he looked like a man with the experience of Kyle Beckerman out there. Credit to Jesus Ferreira with a goal, Reggie Cannon with a fine shift, and hopefully Cerrillo’s injury isn’t too serious.
Bunch of homegrown love as Luchi was repaid with two fine performances from five homegrown players. I don’t think there will be any surprises if the Frisco side will lead the league in homegrown minutes.