Jason Minnick

Match Recap: FCD 4, Central Arkansas 0

FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas extended its shutout streak to five games with a 4-0 win by the reserve squad over Central Arkansas on the adidas Field at Pizza Hut Park today.

Starting the match with the majority of players who defeated Edmonton FC 3-0 in Phoenix Ariz. on Monday, FC Dallas’ reserves needed only six minutes to find the back of the net. Scored by Ruben Luna, the goal was the Home Grown player’s second goal in 24 hours. He netted FC Dallas' second goal in its 2-0 win over Chivas USA on Saturday night. On the play, Andrew Jacobson played a ball forward to the feet of Luna, who turned quickly with the ball and finished low to the far corner.

Following a back-and-fourth middle of the first half, FC Dallas found the back of the net again in the 30th minute following a battle for a loose ball inside Central Arkansas' 18-yard box. Luna had a shot blocked back out to the top of the box to the feet of Guarda, who smashed a ball off the near post with his first touch. The shot rebounded across the face of the goal and into the far side netting for a 2-0 lead.

Six minutes later some nice combination play through the middle had FC Dallas in on goal again. The final pass came from Guarda, who led Jacobson with a through ball towards the back post. Jacobson brought the pass down with his first touch and dribbled to the outside before slotting a pass by Central Arkansas goalkeeper Patxi Shortsleeve for a three goal lead.

The FC Dallas coaching staff led by newly named reserve coach Oscar Pareja used the second half to bring on several FC Dallas Academy players. The move was in part to help prepare the academy players for their March 15 trip to Spain, where they will take on the academy teams from Getafe, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. FC Dallas Home Grown players Bryan Leyva, Victor Ulloa and Jonathan Top will also be making the trip.

Jack Coleman was the first academy player to see time today. The center back started the second half while left midfielder Michael Ambrose came on for Andrew Wiedeman in the 53rd minute. The pair combined with former teammates and Home Grown players Bryan Leyva, who also started the second half and Jonathan Top, who replaced Luna up front.

“For that last 25 minutes we had six academy players on the field,” FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said following the match. “That is a lot of young players to have in there at one time. I was really pleased with our three central midfielders – Bobby Warshaw, Andrew Jacobson and Bruno Guarda. They kept up their high level of play. What you do is fill in the other pieces – Jack Coleman, Michael Ambrose. They came in and really did well for us.”

A third FC Dallas Academy player, Daniel Garcia, joined the match in the 73rd minute for Moises Hernandez. FC Dallas shifted Ambrose to left back to allow Garcia to run atop the formation with Top.

The combination of Jacobson and Guarda continued to dominate the midfield nearing the final whistle, when Guarda dribbled laterally across the top of the box and struck an easy shot high to the back post. Blinded by his defenders, Central Arkansas goalkeeper DJ Sweet could not see the shot until it was already by him, giving FC Dallas a 4-0 lead in the 84th minute.

Scoring Summary:
Ruben Luna (Andrew Jacobson) 6
Bruno Guarda 30
Jacobson (Guarda) 36
Guarda 84

Misconduct Summary:


FC Dallas - Josh Lambo, Moises Mernandez (Daniel Garcia 73), Zach Loyd (Jack Coleman 46), Scott Gordon, Victor Ulloa, Bobby Warshaw, Andrew Wiedeman (Michael Ambrose 52), Bruno Guarda, Andrew Jacobson, Peri Marosevic (Bryan Leyva 46), Ruben Luna (Jonathan Top 46).

Central Arkansas – Patxi Shortsleeve (DJ Sweet 75), Mickey Segura, Andrew O’Brien, Damon Hymas, Blake Harris (Reggie Hardy 46), Jordan Prescott (Regis Mawire 31, Buan 46), Nick Figaro, Ulises Caba, Reggie Hardy (Ricky Garcia 31), Joseph Cervantes, Shafial Mason.