Commerce City, CO.- FC Dallas went on the road to face against the Colorado Rapids that ended in a frustrating 2-0 loss.
FC Dallas comes from losing back-to-back on-the-road games against LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers. Luchi and his players were looking to turn this losing streak around.
Dallas accumulated six straight losses on the road this season, and against Colorado, it was promising to change the outcome to their streak. The last time these two sides met was on May 29 where FCD lost 3-0 that night.
The record in Colorado was not in FCD’s favor; they found themselves in a field where they have not picked up a win since 2014.
Both teams had a minimal amount of opportunities to get in front. FCD succeed but was ruled out by an offside call from Paxton Pomykal. Pomykal started yet again for Luchi’s team and again was a key player in FCD’s attacks.
Jimmy Maurer was again playing big and accumulated a couple of saves to deny the hosts to score. FC Dallas’s attacking front didn’t seem to connect well and did not manage to create many attacking threats.
FC Dallas suffered in the first few minutes of the match and felt a quick pressure that Colorado was giving; luckily, for them, nothing came out of it and held on for the scoreless draw at the half.
Second Half Collapse
FC Dallas quickly led a goal by allowing the central defender, Lalas Abubakar, to jump ahead of everyone and send his header past Maurer.
Just minutes after their opening goal, former FCD player Michael Barrios scored the second goal of the night for his side. His goal was Barrios’ second goal against his former team.
Luchi brought into the match Schön and Servania, who made his season debut after spending time on loan with Austrian side St. Pölten. Jader Obrian and Andrés Ricaurte also got minutes in the game in search of turning the game around.
FC Dallas still struggled in the second half to create chances on goal and could not produce many attacking threats.
Head Coach Luchi Gonzalez talked about his side’s current situation about not getting the results away:
“We’re there in terms of the game. We’re there in terms of with and without the ball, concepts, and organization. There are key moments whether it’s in small group numbers or in one-on-one moments that are on set pieces or in the run of play. There are key moments that the opposition is making plays and we’re not, so that’s for us to hold ourselves accountable and responsible, including me as a head coach to hold myself accountable and responsible.”
“I’m sorry to the fans,” said Gonzalez. “I ask the fans to trust the process.”
One positive note about Saturday’s match is that he was proud of having seven Homegrown players on the field, knowing that no other (MLS) team does that. He know that the players he puts on the field are capable enough to go out and get the job done.
“We have a young team,” Gonzalez said. “How many Homegrowns played tonight? Seven. Tell me when the last MLS team played seven Homegrowns on the field. There is youth on the field. There’s inexperience on the field and we also have some veteran players too, but the balance is not easy to just go out there and show a complete game.”
“It’s tough to explain. It’s a tough moment for sure,” goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer said. “It’s tough because we’re playing pretty well for long stretches of times in these games, but it’s tough to put words to really explain what’s going on because we’re having breakdowns at critical moments.”
Following the end of their run away from home, FCD returns to Toyota Stadium this Saturday, where they’ll face the LA Galaxy, a team that has not won in Texas since 2015. This match shows to be promising due to the history and how FC Dallas has yet to lose this season at home.
Following their match on Saturday, FCD has yet another tough schedule ahead facing the Seattle Sounders, who sit atop of the Western Conference and Sporting Kansas City.