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Mistakes by goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez lend to FC Dallas’ recent loss

Aug 4, 2018; Frisco, TX, USA; San Jose Earthquakes defender Shea Salinas (6) defends against FC Dallas forward Michael Barrios (21) in the first half at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas fell 3-1 to San Jose on Saturday, missing an opportunity to pull closer in the Supporters’ Shield race. 

It was the team’s first loss at home all season and a rough result for a side that knocked off Sporting Kansas City on the road last weekend. Here are some takeaways from the match.

Jesse Gonzalez’s performance

Jesse Gonzalez had a rough night between the sticks. Gonzalez won the starting role back after Jimmy Maurer’s poor performance against the Vancouver Whitecaps, a 2-2 draw after Dallas blew a 2-0 lead. 

Gonzalez has been unconvincing at times, especially in the second 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy in May 30, when his punching and catching decision-making seemed to create havoc for the defense. In Saturday’s match, he allowed two very soft goals. On the first one, Gonzalez came out and attempted to slide tackle Vako, but Vako gets there first and puts it in the Dallas net. Staying in the net might have been a better option, especially with Matt Hedges, Reto Ziegler and Marquinhos Pedroso all running back on defense. 

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The second goal, Jahmir Hyka takes a shot that looks to be soft and a comfortable save for a keeper, but it slips under Gonzalez. 

FCD coach Oscar Pareja is known for encouraging competition. He benched Jacori Hayes after a tough match against New York City FC. He benched Maurer against Vancouver. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Maurer get the start against Seattle, especially with this poor performance from Gonzalez.

Reggie Cannon’s injury

Reggie Cannon has played in every match this season and has proven to be one of the best right backs in MLS. He showed that on FC Dallas’ goal, when he intercepted the ball and dribbled past another player before finding Michael Barrios, who crossed it to Roland Lamah for the goal.

Then came the 67th minute, when Cannon went into a tackle and grabbed his hamstring before falling down. He attempted to play through it, but had a noticeable hobble and was replaced by Ryan Hollingshead in the 70th minute. 

After the match, Pareja talked about how giving Cannon rest was on the top of his mind and that now with the injury scare, it’s time.

This is a warning sign for Pareja and company.

Cannon complained about fatigue during the week. His play has made it hard to put him on the bench because he is looking like the best player for Dallas at the moment. But judging off Pareja’s words, it seems likely Cannon will not play against Seattle.

Looking Ahead

FC Dallas needs to put the loss behind them. It was a poor result at home, but it can’t be something the team dwells on. Dallas has a very big match against a hot Seattle Sounders side on the road. FCD has not had the best luck at CenturyLink Field and will need a big performance on the turf from many.

Can Dominique Badji provide the spark Dallas needs? After Cristian Colman’s performance, including a terrible missed header, it sure looks to be time. Barrios has his form back. Urruti seems to excel at the second striker role. Dallas needs the pace in behind, and Badji can bring it to the team. The game against Seattle should be tough. It’s also a nationally televised match, adding more eyes on this team.

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