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Sounders Score Three as Dallas wins 2-1

Official FC Dallas Reporter

By Abigail Kistner// @abruhcadabruhh

After taking a break from heavily analyzing FC Dallas, I must say that I picked a very interesting game to come back and write about. Although I couldn’t attend the FC Dallas home game against Seattle, I had the opportunity to review the game online to see if Dallas could revive their winning streak at home.

Needless to say, Dallas gained another three points, all thanks to the Seattle Sounders.

After a previous loss to Vancouver, Dallas fans were looking for a home win to move the team up in the rankings. Thankfully, after several weather delays throughout the night, that’s exactly what happened.

When the game started, you could see the energy within FC Dallas despite the long delay. However, the excitement of the team was (as always) calmed by defender Matt Hedges who had just returned from his suspension. Having Hedges on the field gave Dallas a reliable point of reference, which allowed the team to be a little more creative offensively.

The creativity struck by minute 33 as Michael Barrios crossed the ball to Ryan Hollingshead to head into goal. Seattle’s Xavier Arreaga scored an own goal, bringing FC Dallas ahead 1-0.

In the 39th minute, FC Dallas was given ANOTHER own goal as Bryan Acosta passed to Michael Barrios, who assisted the own goal, scored by Brad Smith from Seattle. FC Dallas ended the half with a 2-0 lead.

Coming back from halftime, Luchi Gonzalez replaced some players in the midfield with a more defensive middle to protect the two goals obtained in the first half. However, in the 65th minute, the Sounders scored with a goal by Raul Ruidiaz just outside the box.

Seattle Sounders tweet

Despite the backlash some fans gave for the subs in the second half, FC Dallas proceeded to protect their victory and end the game with three more points.

With FC Dallas’ Bryan Acosta receiving man of the match, the title was well given as he introduced the kick that led to the game winning own goal. However, I deemed Michael Barrios as my personal man of the match, as Barrios assisted both goals in FC Dallas’ favor.

Dallas’ creative offense and sturdy defense is no doubt what won them this game. Despite the own goals from Seattle, you could see the eagerness in FC Dallas in this game, which is something that has been missing (especially at home) for quite a few games now.

Overall, Dallas is sitting comfortably at 6th in the MLS Western Conference Standings, and the team is undoubtedly going to work hard this week as they approach another away game in San Jose next Saturday.

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FC Dallas’ game-changing result after playing New York Red Bulls

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By Abigail Kistner// @abruhcadabruhh

With FC Dallas back at home, I was ready to get back to Toyota Stadium and witness another win for the team. Since I’ve only began following this team for the 2019 season, and FC Dallas had been undefeated at home, I hadn’t seen Dallas lose in person, and I didn’t expect that to change.

Clearly, I was incorrect…

With an upsetting 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls, Dallas takes their first loss at home. However, FC Dallas’ game is a work in progress, and we’re going to go in depth with play analysis, statistics, and what’s to come for the next game against Los Angeles FC.

To begin the game, FC Dallas had an interesting lineup for their team. With a 4-3-3, Dallas replaced Carlos Gruezo with Jacori Hayes in the midfield, and this replacement was actually pretty well prepared. However, Ryan Hollingshead replaced Michael Barrios as a right wing, and this showed many issues for FC Dallas.  

Within 12 minutes of the game, New York scores a goal by Cristian Casseres Jr. Some issues in the front in midfield led to this goal, as Jacori Hayes assisted defense with Reggie Cannon to cover Andreas Ivan from NYRB. Unfortunately, Ivan passes to Casseres and gets the first goal of the game, leading New York 1-0.

By the thirty minute mark, Dom Badji (up top) became injured, and (thankfully) Jesus Ferreira subbed in. Two minutes after the 45 minute mark, Hayes assists Jesus Ferreira in a goal that ties up the game by halftime.

Starting back up after halftime, New York scores by the 58th minute. With Reto Ziegler’s late attempt to close down New York’s Michael Murillo, the ball gets shot and goes in with the help of Sean Nealis, allowing the Red Bulls to lead 2-1. And, to end the game, New York scores again as Matt Hedges is unable to hold the ball before New York comes and takes it back. As Bryan Acosta and Thomas Roberts (subbed for Jacori Hayes) help out Reto Ziegler with a failed attempt to get the ball back. New York scores the final goal by Brian White, making the ending score 3-1.

Some noticeably crucial findings as I viewed this game was the lack of eagerness within FC Dallas. Perhaps, with New York changing 10 out of their original starting 11, Dallas assumed they would have an easy win. The most hungry I saw the team was when Zdenek Ondrasek subbed in for Ryan Hollingshead. ‘The Cobra’ came out with an intense attitude, and with 16 touches and 2 shots (one on goal) within 26 minutes, this is probably the best we’ve seen him play, and his outcomes solely reflect his eager attitude in the game.

Overall, seeing Ryan  Hollingshead up top as a wing was a very disappointing position for him. With the idea for Hollingshead to drop back, the temporary right wing was shut down almost every single time by his defender, Kyle Duncan. As well as missing a shot on goal, Hollingshead provided little to no support for Dallas in this game.

One more thing to point out was Thomas Robert’s play as he was brought in. As I personally viewed his performance from the Dallas Beer Guardians supporter section, I could see intentionally physical play from Roberts, and not in the professional way. With several remarks to players, as well as pushing and throwing elbows, it’s clear that the 18 year old Roberts has a lot of growing up to do as he continues his career.

As the next game comes up against LAFC, Dallas has a lot to work on before playing the current best team in MLS. With a 21+ goal difference and only losing one game so far, LAFC has a clear advantage to FC Dallas. However, Luchi Gonzalez definitely has some tricks up his sleeve, and seeing Dallas take LAFC head on will be an enjoyable game nonetheless.

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The Texas Derby Results and How FC Dallas Can move forward

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By Abigail Kistner// @abruhcadabruhh

Although I couldn’t travel to Houston to support FC Dallas, I still made it a priority to watch and review the game, and let me be the first to say that I’m glad I did. This was a turning point for FC Dallas for sure.

We begin the game with a lot of defensive play, not only from the defense itself but from the entire team. In fact, not even fifteen minutes in, you can see Barrios (wing) performing defensive tactics against Houston. However, around the same time during the first half, you also see the trio: Zeigler, Hedges, and Cerillo doing all they can to keep the ball within Dallas’ realm.

Seeing both the front and the back work to keep the ball was very entertaining, but also disappointing, as the midfield was lacking this game. However, this wasn’t a bad game for FC Dallas. Despite being the youngest team in the MLS, Dallas shows a very mature style of play, and you see that after competing with Houston, the 4th oldest team in MLS.

Despite the lacking efforts in the first half, FC Dallas comes back, in the 86th minute to win their first goal of the game by Dominique Badji. Not only that, but FC Dallas scored again 10 minutes later with a goal by Santiago Mosquera. However, with a VERY controversial referee call regarding Dallas’ goal via VAR, it eventually led to the 2-1 loss of the Texas Derby.

Although Dallas took a seemingly unfair loss, the drive to win in the second half was something I have yet to see in another team so far this season. With some of our essential players gone (Paxton Pomykal) I believe FC Dallas is doing just fine for now.

With a home game coming up facing the New York Red Bulls, Dallas has a clear advantage to win this upcoming game. With a current 5-3-2 record with 17 points, Dallas has a very good rate at taking another win at home facing the NY Red Bulls (record of 3-4-2 with 11 points). Despite New York’s past two wins, Dallas had yet to be defeated at home, and it’s fair to say Dallas has the chance to remain undefeated at home and gain another 3 points.

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