Despite making his first starts in nearly a month, Chris Seitz showed there’s no rust in his game, after three impressive performances over the past week.
With two reserve matches and Saturday’s international friendly against Stoke City, Seitz was called upon for 225 minutes of action over the last seven days playing five of the six halves of soccer.
“Obviously three games in a week is something I’ll never complain about,” Seitz told FCDallas.com on Monday. “I enjoy it and welcome it. All I can do is go out there and try to show well.”
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The 26-year-old impressed in his extended run allowing just two goals in the three games while making a highlight reel of saves, none bigger than his penalty kick stop on Cameron Jerome in the second half of Saturday’s match.
“It’s tough, you try and get people to go the way you’re going,” Seitz said about his PK stop. “Whether it’s faking them or edging them that way or whatever it is. Then when you get them to go the right way you have to get a hand on it. I put myself in a good position to make the save if he went in that direction and he did.”
Head coach Schellas Hyndman has spoken all year about the improvements Seitz has made in his game since coming into pre-season camp in the best shape of his life and the last three games only further confirmed what the coach has known all season: Seitz is ready whenever called upon.
“I think Chris has been great [in the last three games]. Antigua had [a few] breakaways…and it’s too bad they got a goal off Chris, because I thought his performance was exceptional,” said Hyndman. “Against Stoke, saving the PK was a spark to the team and at the same time a brilliant save. The ball was struck well and he responded to it, got a full hand on it and saved it.
“Today’s game [against New York], I thought he had a good game. It’s a shame they scored there late, but again he made a couple one-on-one saves. He’s really standing up well, handling the box well and if I had to pick two players, I’d say Kellyn Acosta and Chris Seitz got the most out of these games that just occurred.”