Looks like FC Dallas are starting to build up some steam! With yet another win, this time on the road, Dallas retain their place atop the western conference.
On Saturday, FCD traveled to Foxborough, Mass., for their second away game of the season. Their first away game ended in a 3-1 loss to Chivas USA, so this time they were looking to extend their winning streak.
I’m not going to lie, the first half completely bored me. It was a pretty standard defensive outing with the FCD backline holding steady. As usual, the attackers created plenty of chances in the first half but failed to find the back of the net. I realize it’s still the beginning of the season, but as other teams head to midseason form, the trio of Kenny Cooper, Fabian Castillo, and David Ferreira will need to be sharper with their chances. Against the Revs, FCD should have been at least 1-0 going into halftime. I’m sure they’ll find that lethal touch sooner or later, I’d just prefer it be sooner rather than later.
The Revs came out to fight the second half and really started battling in the midfield. Thanks to Andrew Jacobson, Dallas continued to control the field. Later towards the end of the game, Kenny Cooper and the Revs goalkeeper Shuttleworth collided heavily just after Kenny managed to get the tips of his hair on the ball. Even as the ball bounced into the back of the net, the linesman waved it offside. Little bit of a debate on whether or not he was actually offside but c’est la vie.
Then Blas Perez came on for Cooper. In the 87th minute he found gold! His glancing header managed to find the back of the net and FCD got their 3 points they had fought so hard for!!
Now to talk about Raúl Fernández. Last week, we saw Chris Seitz start against Real Salt Lake since Fernández was on international duty. Given the recent communication issues with RF and the backline, I was pretty happy to see Seitz in goal. This week, Schellas put Raúl back in the net. While he wasn’t called to pull any thrilling saves in the first half, he did more than his duty in the second half. The photo above shows just one of his absolutely incredible saves from the game. As long as he keeps up this impeccable form, I’m good with him in goal. Competition for starting spots is always exciting, I’m super happy to see both Seitz and Raúl performing well.
FC Dallas are on the road again next week as they travel to Canada to take on Toronto!