FC Dallas ended their Arizona camp with back to back shutouts at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Arizona on Monday evening. The FCD first team knocked off New York Red Bulls Reserves 4-0, then the FC Dallas reserves put a 3-0 win up on FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League.
FC Dallas has two more games this spring, the most important one at Pizza Hut Park against Chivas USA on the 12th. That game should feature the starters in what is the final dress rehearsal for opening day. On the 13th FCD will take on Central Arkansas in what should be the final reserve tune up for 2011. This second game will probably be the last chance for anyone not on the roster to make an impression.
Here's the scoring line and linup from each game on Monday in Arizona, after you take a look at them we'll talk a little about what it all means.
FCD - Marvin Chavez (David Ferreira) 17
FCD - Chavez 53
FCD - Maykel Galindo (Ricardo Villar) 57
FCD - Eric Avila (Galindo, Ferreira) 72
FC Dallas - Kevin Hartman, Jackson, George John (Zach Loyd 80), Brek Shea, Jair Benitez, Marvin Chavez, Daniel Hernandez (Andrew Jacobson 75), David Ferreira, Eric Alexander (Ricardo Villar 46), Eric Avila, Kevin Gall (Maykel Galindo 46).
FCD - Ruben Luna (Ricardo Villar) 3
FCD - Andrew Wiedeman 24
FCD - Milton Rodriguez (Bryan Leyva) 60
FC Dallas - Chris Seitz (Josh Lambo 46), Charlie Campbell, Scott Gordon, Zach Loyd (Victor Ulloa 24), Moises Hernandez, Andrew Wiedeman, Bobby Warshaw, Andrew Jacobson (Bryan Leyva 46), Peri Marosevic (Jonthan Top 60), Ricardo Villar (Bruno Guarda 46), Ruben Luna (Milton Rodriguez 46).
Now for the more important questions...
- Kevin Gall clearly getting a last shot to make an impression in the first game... and didn't score. I have to think at this point Gall has little shot at making it. Maykel Galindo got the run in the second half and did score... but is it to little to late? I would think it probably is. Hyndman said Galindo couldn't play high striker by himself in a 4-1-4-1 and FCD plays a 4-1-4-1. The new addition in Fabian Castillo makes it very tight on the roster.
- Eric Alexander is, as of right now, the first choice linking mid. We finally saw Ricardo Villar on the field, but a this point he hasn't played enough to make a serious challenge for the spot. Third at this spot is Bruno Guarda, who has fallen far form the days he was a lock starter as a rookie.
- It was nice to finally see George John's name on the team sheet, but is he healthy enough to start opening day? Zach Loyd is also back, but off the bench... Which means at this point it's almost a certainty that Brek Shea will be starting opening day at center back.
- And as a consequence Eric Avila seems to have a firm hold on the next wide mid spot, filling in for Shea at left.
As for the reserve game...
- Charlie Campbell appears to have a shot at outside back, but is there enough room? I just don't see enough space.
- Andrew Wiedeman and Peri Marosevic are so far out of the picture at striker that both are playing wide mid or wide back every time we see them in a scrimmage.
- With the current injuries, Scott Gordon may have played himself onto the team. Or at least Hyndman may have his hand forced to keep him. Gordon at CB vs Campbell at outside back? Could be.
- Game 2 starting 11 means we may see Ricardo Villar spelling David Ferreira some this season too.