We give some love to Matt Hedges last week for helping the team earn that tough point on the road against Houston Dynamo.
And then we won...
While I was mistaken that the MUFC game was in Minnesota, I still was feeling pretty dismal about FC Dallas’ chances. Sure, they had shown some improvement. The dam was going to break at some point, but I had this one down as a loss or maybe a draw. Minnesota United has improved as a team and look really dangerous so far.
On Saturday night then, to get two goals back to back and take hold of the game, for once, those dismal feelings vanished. FC Dallas came out with the right sense of urgency and attitude, led by a great performance from Fafa Picault. He was involved in both opening goals with his speed and great decision making. Jesus Ferreira, via a silky pass by Ricardo Pepi, contributed the next. To get those two guys going right away, it bodes well for coming games.
Add a late Ziegler penalty kick to seal the deal.
But it was uneven...
Not to take a sudden shift into negativity but FC Dallas certainly didn’t answer all of their questions. Ben Lyon on After Dark pointed out that FCD still didn’t really generate enough shots on goal. Minnesota United FC seemed to use the weather delay to come out regrouped and refocused, getting one goal back and hitting the post at least twice. There were chances for Minnesota, and whether this is a result of FC Dallas being unable to stay sharp or still not quite being there with game fitness, it shows that the team has a lot to work on.
That’s a good thing. We saw definite growth from this team. Can they build on it as they go to face Kansas City in Kansas City?
The other downer from the match, with the news that Reggie Cannon is headed on his way out and Paxton Pomykal may miss the year, is seeing Fafa Picault go off with a hamstring injury. The team is deep, but finding a regular starter at left wing remains a challenge, especially someone who can produce like we just saw Fafa do.
Who will you vote for?
I give real credit to Matt Hedges for another solid shift, Reto Zeigler for going the distance and getting a goal, and Thiago Santos for doing some good work at defensive mid. A much improved performance and sense of teamwork all around.
But let’s especially give love to John Nelson who emerges at left back. He wasn’t perfect and is still growing, but he’s showing he can be a solid option in defense. Good for him.
Who will you vote for?
(Remember, we are only offering up guys who went the full 90.)
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