Portland, OR- FC Dallas (2-5-6) visited the Portland Timbers and suffered another late goal that cost them crucial points on the road.

The game against Portland was the second of three games on the road that Luchi and his men have scheduled this month.

The match started well for the home side, pressuring the build-up from FC Dallas and creating a few chances themselves. FC Dallas had more of the possession in the first half and nearly opened up the score.

Saturday’s game was one of the best performances that FCD has had on the road. Despite them conceding so late in the game, FCD held their composure and did not hesitate to attack when they needed to. As a result, it seemed that the game would end in a scoreless draw.

Here are my takeaways for Saturday’s loss against the Timbers and what needs to change ahead of their game on the road:

Jara-Pepi Relationship

The relationship between these two players needs to be more threatening. Both players can become a threat, but the lack of opportunity upfront to score is thin and needs to be taken advantage of.

Pepi has undoubtedly been the better player between the two, but the lack of inexperience shows when being a threat upfront, which Jara doesn’t show, considering his experience.

Paxton Pomykal Efficiency

Pomykal was the best player on the field for FCD. Starting his second game of the season, he showed he is here to compete for a starting position. He and the rest of the team played well enough until Portland brought on Diego Valeri and Sebastian Blanco and completely changed the game dynamics for the home side.

“I think we left it all out on the field, and I am really proud of the boys. Also, at the end of the day, we didn’t get the result. I know everyone left it all out there, including myself.”

Defensive Issues

The team is making errors at the worst times of the match. Defensively, the group performed well for 70 minutes of the game and eventually broke their shape.

Luchi needs to find the defensive lineup that will help the team not concede. 21 goals in 13 games are not the most incredible stat to have so early in the season. FC Dallas has a lot of ground to work their way up to get into a playoff spot.

Luchi said he was proud of his team’s performance.

“Proud of the boys, proud of all of them. I thought they showed a lot of energy and courage to play, created good chances, could’ve been up in the first half.”

Luchi Gonzalez is hopeful that his team will get the points they’re seeking to overcome their point-drought.
“I know it’s a matter of time until the points do bounce our way,” said Gonzalez.

Upcoming games

FCD has one last trip on the road when they visit the Colorado Rapids, which they have already played against and lost. The team will take a trip to Colorado in hopes of turning this negative streak around.

FC Dallas returns to Toyota Stadium on July 24, where they’ll face LA Galaxy in a match where they must play well in front of the fans. FCD sits at the bottom of the Western Conference. The pressure is high for all parties involved. Luchi and his men have no more room for error for the rest of the season.