If there was ever a game for FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman and his players to stow away and to never be discussed again, it was Sunday night’s 2-0 loss to Colorado at FC Dallas Stadium, a game that was defined more by the two red cards issued to Dallas starters Daniel Hernandez and Blas Perez than anything else.
Hyndman’s disappointment was clearly evident in his postgame remarks to the media and with FCD returning to the field in just two days’ time, he and his team need to forget this one more than ever. Here are several thoughts on that loss going forward:
A Complete Aberration---That’s the best way to sum up Sunday’s game. Sure, Colorado ended a four-game road losing streak and won for just the second time ever in Frisco and that victory counts three points like every other one, but this one should carry an asterisk for obvious reasons. Red cards are fairly rare in soccer and having two players sent off is pretty rare to say the least. In fact, Sunday night marked just the fourth time in FCD franchise history that the club had finished with nine men. Hyndman himself remarked in a misguided question to say the least that he couldn’t remember ever coaching a game where his team had two players sent off. So, put this one in File 13 and move on, that’s about all there is to say.
James Marcelin Might Have Something---Seeing the recently-signed midfielder James Marcelin make his Dallas debut after halftime has to rank as one of the few highlights of Sunday’s debacle. Marcelin has good size and did pretty well filling in at defensive mid after the ejection of Hernandez. And since the ex-FCD captain is out for Wednesday’s visit from Seattle, Marcelin looks like the obvious choice to fill in for the SMU product once again. A nice signing by Dallas in the wake of a surprising and disconcerting injury to Bobby Warshaw and who knows, if Marcelin does well in the interim, he could even stick here.
Kevin Hartman Is No Worse for Wear---Another big bright spot for FCD, one Hyndman discussed postgame was the seven-save performance from one Kevin Hartman. El Gato was making his first start after missing three straight matches due to back spasms and he was rock solid. The diving save he made on Jeff Larentowicz’s free kick in the 84th minute was one of several goal-saving plays he made. Had Dallas not had Big Kev between the posts, this game could have very easily been 4-0 or even 5-0. Hyndman said he’d like to give backup Chris Seitz one of these next two starts in goal, have a feeling that the ex-Terp will get the nod on Wednesday against Seattle.
It’s Crunch Time for Scott Sealy---By all accounts, Scott Sealy is a great guy and the story of how he made the Dallas roster during preseason was definitely a good one. But now that the hamstring issue that sidelined him for pretty much the first of the season is a thing of the past, it’s time to see what the native of Trindad and Tobago has. And it’s safe to say the initial returns have been fairly underwhelming. Maybe he’s still getting adjusted to his new teammates and to Hyndman’s system. But with Perez out for Wednesday, this figures to be another golden opportunity for Sealy... or does it? Ruben Luna has been playing well of late for the FCD reserves but as is often the case with young players, inconsistency is the issue. Could Hyndman throw caution to the wind and roll the dice with Luna against Seattle? It’s a possibility.