Jun 9, 2018; Frisco, TX, USA; FC Dallas forward Roland Lamah (20) and midfielder Carlos Gruezo (7) celebrate after an own goal by the Montreal Impact during the first half at Pizza Hut Park. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Saturday, FC Dallas defeated the Montreal Impact 2-0 with an own goal and a Mauro Diaz penalty in quick succession. Here are some thoughts on the match.
Good but not great
It was a solid performance for Dallas. The team was coming off of a match against San Antonio midweek, which was a tough affair. It was also the end of five matches in 16 days, so fatigue began to set in.
Sure, the team got out to a quick 2-0 lead, but the rest of the match felt like it was in autopilot. Mistakes were made at the defensive end, allowing Montreal chances it could not finish. Against a tougher team, the game might have panned out differently. However, Dallas earned all three points at home and ended its match congestion on a very high note.
Mauro Diaz was placed in the wing role again, playing as a ‘false winger’ like he did in Dallas’ 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy earlier last week. It’s an interesting role he plays because Diaz is given a lot of freedom to roam around, dropping deep if needed or staying up high. With Roland Lamah in the midfield, the fluidity allows for Lamah and Diaz to switch positions.
Ryan Hollingshead’s fitness and ability to affect play going forward makes it work as well. There are times when Hollingshead is able to exploit an abundance of space and play balls in from the left back role. It’ll be interesting to see if the team uses this look when Anton Nedyalkov is back from injury.
Despite the win, Dallas lost as well with the injury to Santiago Mosquera, a designated player signed this winter. After going down, Mosquera attempted to play through his injury but he again hit the turf later and was stretchered off the pitch.
“He’s with the doctors now,” FCD coach Oscar Pareja said postmatch. “It doesn’t look good, obviously. He got back onto the field and it seems like he reaggravated… we’ll see. But yeah, it doesn’t look good. Hopefully, he can get better and the injury is not too bad.”
Update: Pareja said at training Tuesday that Mosquera’s injury was not as bad as they thought it would be and is projected to be out 2-3 weeks.
Dallas can go a couple of ways to replace Mosquera’s role. The more likely one would be to place Tesho Akindele in the rotation. Akindele subbed on for Mosquera after he was injured and scored during the week against San Antonio FC.
Dallas also could use an international spot and activate Ema Twumasi, who played against SAFC, if the team wanted to get him some minutes.