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What we learned in FC Dallas’ draw against Orlando City

Dallas save face against Pareja, but leave doubts about execution.

MLS: Orlando City SC at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas drew Orlando City 0-0 in Frisco. Oscar Pareja’s return lacked the excitement that many had hoped it would bring. Neither team could create consistent chances so both settled for trading long shots. A 69th minute Jhegson Mendez red card gave Dallas a man-advantage which they couldn’t convert into meaningful looks on goal. All in all, a point at home against an in-form OCSC isn’t a bad result.

Redemption for Thiago Santos

Before missing the Atlanta game on suspension, Thiago Santos’ hadn’t been as crisp as we’ve come to expect him. however, he returned to form against Orlando. He recorded a game high five tackles, which, while both teams traded possession freely, is still a good sign for his ability to sniff out attacks and shield the back line.

As Tanner Tessman makes himself more indispensable to the starting XI, you start to ask, what do you need Bryan Acosta or Santos for? While Acosta hasn’t been as dynamic this season as we’ve seen in the past, this game showed why Santos is key to Dallas’ defensive stability.

Reynolds keeps growing

The great thing about having a kid like Bryan Reynolds start every game is that no matter the result there’s the silver lining of him gaining experiencing. He went head to head against Nani and kept the clean sheet. That’s a win in of itself.

This was vintage Pareja game meaning it looked like crap for most of it but the team muscled out a result. The score wasn’t settled until the final kick (or before what should have been the final kick, if you catch my riff) and there were plenty of opportunities for Reynolds to lose his head. I’m not going to say that it’s an honor to be professionally fouled by Nani, but I don’t think Bryan woke up two years ago thinking that he was ever going to be unceremoniously chopped down by the Portuguese legend.

I’m finding myself liking him more and more each game, both for his play and the passion he brings. The air punch after he gets fouled is how you get fans to buy your jersey.

Fair thee well, Santi

The annual cycle is complete. Santiago Mosquera hit peak form and now has crashed out with an injury. Now for the rest of the season, we baby him back into the XI, speculate that he’s not fully healthy yet and that’s why he’s not playing well, and then hope with an off-season of rest that he’ll finally live up to the DP tag.

I’m not saying that he’s a bad player. It could totally be a Pablo Aranguiz situation where FC Dallas just the right fit. But, frequent contributor Sound & Fury has done an extensive write up on Dante Sealy that says he has a hell of a left foot...just saying.

  • Is Santos still in your best XI?
  • How many more season will we keep Reynolds?
  • Is this the last straw for Santi?