FC Dallas Lose Twice at Home

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FC Dallas saw the end of their recent four game unbeaten run. Last Saturday, August 14th, Dallas faced Sporting Kansas City and lost 2-0. Yesterday they played the Seattle Sounders and fell 1-0. Both matches were played at Toyota Stadium where, according to Garret Melcer, Dallas had been unbeaten in eighteen games.

Against SKC, Dallas seemed unlucky. Against the Sounders, however, the scoreline couldn't be blamed on luck. The spark from the attack was gone. Here is a short look at both matches.

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Sporting Kansas City-

Peter Vermes was out for revenge after Dallas won 2-1 in late July at Children's Mercy Park. Before the loss, Luchi Gonzalez was undefeated when playing against SKC. Luchi's record, coupled with SKC's defeat at home, gave Vermes the fuel he needed to break the streak.

Statistically, the match seemed to be somewhat close in the offense. Both were tied pass accuracy with 86%. Dallas had 16 shots against SKC's 11, but only 2 of Dallas' were on target, while SKC had 6. Dallas' best chance on goal came around the 58th minute when Szabolcs Schon took a shot inside the box that bounced off the post and onto the line.

The loss could be blamed on many different things, tired players or the referee just to name a couple. Some nights just see one team continue to hit the post. No matter what contributed to the loss, it was simply a match to forget.

Seattle Sounders-

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The second loss was more frustrating for fans. Dallas led in all offensive stats.18 shots against Seattle's 9, 65% possession, 7 corners, and 24 crosses to to Seattle's 4, none were converted. Dallas had many chances to take control of the match but didn't. (https://www.mlssoccer.com/competitions/mls-regular-season/2021/matches/dalvssea-08-18-2021/)

Paxton Pomykal missed the game after suffering a knock to his knee in the game against SKC. The recent play of Jesus Ferreira, Szabolcs Schon, and Ricardo Pepi should've been enough to push for a goal, even with Pomykal missing.

While the SKC match just seemed unlucky, the Seattle match may have set the tone for the rest of Dallas' season. While Dallas has some great players, they still have a thin roster. Raul Ruidiaz and Nicolas Lodeiro came off Seattle's bench and made an immediate impact. Jader Obrian, Freddy Vargas, and Franco Jara are Dallas' secondary choices in the offense but they haven't had much of an impact.

Dallas has a long list of their issues this season. They've had most of these problems for years now but former head coach Oscar Pareja and technical director Fernando Clavijo did a lot to cover them. As the club has moved away from the players who played under Pareja and replaced them with players Andre Zanotta has scouted, it's led to some of the issues the club is facing today. Dropping Michael Barrios for Jader Obrian is one of the best examples of this.

If Dallas can't find their footing again then it'll be a long season for their supporters.

By Melanie G. Isbell

Twitter: M_Isbell95