This has undoubtedly been the sloppiest game in Luchi Gonzalez’s short tenure as head coach. However, it is not all his fault, a timid midfield and unlucky moments saw a thriving Philadelphia Union beat FC Dallas 2-1.
Luchi is a man of his word. And I like it
With illness/injury to Bryan Acosta, Santiago Mosquera and Dominique Badji, there were already a couple of selection headaches, but to the general fan, nobody really knew how big of a selection headache that Luchi was going to have on Sunday.
Pablo Aranguiz, Jesse Gonzalez and Carlos Gruezo are unavailable for one game after violating a team policy. They will not play in tonight’s match against the Philadelphia.#PHIvFCD— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) April 6, 2019
Dallas was without six important players. Any club would struggle being without six players for various reasons. I can’t really fault Luchi for the questionable substitute questions purely out of respect of not giving any players preferential treatment. Whatever the violation of team policy was (we all want to know) that falls on the players; they let their teammates down, and the result was part of the consequence. I personally feel this was a defining moment for Luchi with the players that were not part of his academy system.
Where was our midfield?
Due to the bans, we saw a front six of Jacori Hayes, Edwin Cerrillo, Paxton Pomykal, Thomas Roberts, Jesus Ferreira, and Michael Barrios. Barrios has played more MLS matches than the other five combined. Jacori Hayes in particular had a rough game in his first start since the season opener when he limped off with an injury. Although he had an 84% pass success rate, he was dispossessed more than anyone on the field.
I can’t put him solely to blame, because the presence of Carlos Gruezo and Bryan Acosta were sorely missed, they are dominate players that can dictate a midfield. The midfield trio that was out has the potential to do that down the road, but they are just so green that they were overpowered by Marco Fabian, Alejandro Bedoya, and Medujanin.
Reto should take our set piece shots
Man, what a rocket. Andre Blake couldn’t do anything about it, he was just frozen in time. With that being said, it has been nine months since the last time FC Dallas scored from a free kick, and that was by Reto Ziegler.
While the Swiss is already the go-to penalty taker, his dead ball threat is something that needs to be talked about. The man is a monster, to where I read several people asking if Reto is playing in the right position.
Quick Fire Takes
I’d like to see Ondrasek get a start. Especially when we are playing so many kids, having experience will be very beneficial to the homegrowns.
On that note, playing the kids is great, but there does need to be a balance. These results are helping mold them in their young careers, and will help them in the long run.
When the midfield is so thin, let’s put Ziegler as the holding midfielder and put Bressan alongside Matt Hedges.
Respect to Barrios for having the third longest appearance run in MLS history for an outfield player. He has been a trusted member of the team since he joined in 2015