The long waited debut for Jesus Ferreira is finally over, as the young Homegrown made his first appearance and start in a friendly for US Men’s National Team this afternoon. The USMNT took care of business and won relatively comfortably with a 1-0 win, but this game was more about showcasing the young talent. A large chunk of the starters were probably making their case to be included on the Olympic team. (Yes, this team was YOUNG.)
Ferreira donned his father’s #10, and immediately started to show why he belonged on the national team despite just being 19.
That’s not an error or me selecting just the good stuff. Ferreira really did have a perfect passing game, and didn’t misplay a single pass. Most notably, he had a lovely sequence where he dropped from the front line and into the midfield, which created space behind the defense which Paul Arriola exposed and Ferreira gifted him with a beautifully weighted through ball. Arriola didn’t score on that sequence, but the maturity and vision of Ferreira drew plaudits from around the internets. And you know you’re doing something right when the internet is on your side.
It wasn’t his debut, but Reggie Cannon certainly made a case for himself that the rightback spot is his for this upcoming cycle with a Man of the Match type display.
For Dallas fans, his display was nothing unusual - Reggie got up the right channel when he could, combined well in the attack, and puts in a good shift on the defensive side. He’s athletic, quick, has good instincts and solid soccer IQ.
What makes Cannon so special is that how he makes great plays look so routine and mundane. Honestly, I was watching and barely reacted to any of Cannon’s positive plays because of how normal that has become when he wears the FC Dallas shirt.
The big question still looms on his future with FC Dallas, but all signs are pointing he will be sold this summer. Hopefully Dallas fans will enjoy and appreciate Cannon for whatever little time they have left with Reggie.
The other senior debut was made by Brandon Servania who came on at the 66th minute. Servania was fine, and looked the part.
Servania didn’t have a huge impact, but he didn’t look out of place either. Servania probably needs another year or two to take level up to the international level, but there’s tremendous promise for the youngster. A full season as a starter for FC Dallas would go a long way for Servania’s development and turning him into a full-time international player.
Luchi Gonzalez has to be proud watching his three Academy products blossom under his guidance and care. Their success is his success, which is Dallas’ success.
What’d you guys think of the Homegrowns and their USMNT debuts?