I’ll admit it, the last couple of months have been a bit wild. I’ve wanted to get back to some regular coverage outside of daily links and game coverage but time has not been on my side to do so. To go along with how poorly FC Dallas has been as of late, it has made my motivation lacking as well.
But, here we are on a Friday before the home finale. FC Dallas looks to lock up at least one positive note on a rather dreadful season as they look to win Copa Tejas for the first time. As they host Austin FC, here are three things I want to see in the home finale. Some are so damn simple, it should be a crime.
Start the youngsters
Right now, Marco Ferruzzi has seven available Homegrown players at his disposal. He would have more but two are out on loans in Europe (Thomas Roberts and Dante Sealy). To me, this is a great time to let them go and start them all. Pull a double with Justin Che and Eddie Munjoma on the back wings. Put Paxton Pomykal in the midfield with Jesus Ferreira. Continue to start the duo of Edwin Cerrillo and Brandon Servania in the middle above the defense. And for the love of all things good, start Ricardo Pepi.
Serisouly Ferruzzi, start Pepi. He had two goals and an assist in his last game with Austin. The kid scores most of his goals in the state of Texas as it is (both for club and country). So just do the right thing and start him on Saturday.
I’d also love to see Szabolcs Schon get a start over Jader Obrian for a game on the other wing and Nkosi Burgess get another start in the center defense over Jose Martinez.
Let’s go young here Ferruzzi. Like, really young. After all, we’ve seen this club look decent at times this season when they do go this young in a game.
Flow the game through Ferreira
With all the youth on the field, let’s flow this game through Ferreira. By the way, he has three goals this season against Austin, so this plan makes the most sense. Have him in space, work the channels and dominate Austin the way he has done all season long.
Yeah, that is it really. Obviously, there are bigger needs and asks for a full 90 out of a team, but given how leaky the Austin defense is this season, this is something that is so simple in my mind that we know works.
Closeout the damn game
We know there will be goals in this one. The Dallas defense has proven time and time again lately that will be the case. If you start the youngsters in this one, get the lead and protect it with those veteran guys late. As much as I enjoy having Ryan Hollingshead out there from the jump, I wouldn’t mind seeing him close this game out in the defense for Che or Munjoma. The same could be said about adding in Bryan Acosta late to secure the midfield a bit more and keep things moving forward. Also, we’ve seen Franco Jara actually look decent at times as a late-game sub, so why not bring him on in the 80th minute to do the hold-up play and keep the ball in the Austin defensive end? Is it really that hard? I don’t think it should be.