Reserve Match
Jason Minnick

FCD wins reserve match 2-0 vs. Colorado

FC Dallas 2, Colorado Rapids 0 (Reserves Match)

Pizza Hut Park Field 5 – Frisco, Texas

DAL – Bryan Leyva (Eric Avila)
DAL – Ruben Luna (unassisted)

FC Dallas’ Home Grown players, Bryan Leyva and Ruben Luna, combined to lead the FC Dallas reserves to a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids reserves at Pizza Hut Park field five today.

“Both our goals came from our Home Grown Players – Bryan Leyva, and then Ruben Luna in the second half,” FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman said. “This match was designed to get those types of players more games. We obviously need more matches like this.

“We had a lot of players who were playing out of position and they still managed to perform very well. I was also glad to see Josh Lambo back. He had a great second half.”

The match started with Colorado on the attack. The Rapids reserves gained entry into FC Dallas’ defensive third before a one-two pass freed a Colorado forward in on goal. Defensive midfielder Bruno Guarda put a hard tackle in on the man with the ball to halt the play, perhaps saving a goal, but Guarda was shown an early yellow card for the tactical foul.

The ensuing free kick by Wells Thompson was well struck. The ball was driven over the top of the wall and dipped quickly towards the back post before striking the crossbar. A goalmouth scramble followed and Colorado hit the crossbar for the second time in a matter of seconds before MLS Pool Goalkeeper Chris Sharpe tipped the ball out for a corner.

Midway through the first half, FC Dallas brought on two trialists – Vasco and Santiago of Argentina. Vasco came on for Victor Ulloa, who had started the match at right back. Once on the field, Vasco traded places with Peri Marosevic, who began the game up front alongside Ruben Luna. Santiago jumped into central midfield for Dax McCarty.

Although not directly involved with the play, the substitutions flipped control of the match in favor of FC Dallas. From his right midfield position, Eric Avila broke down the Rapids defense before slipping a pass inside to Leyva. Leyva started the match as a left-sided midfielder, but when the opportunity to attack arose, he snuck in and established a position just inside the area. When the ball arrived, Leyva had ample time to stare down the far post before knocking a shot past Colorado goalkeeper Ian Joyce.

The first half ended roughly 20 minutes later. During the break, Ugo Ihemelu replaced Kyle Davies at center back. Dallas also changed the team’s formation from a 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2. Jason Yeisley, who was rock-solid on defense all day, remained at center back next to another strong defensive forward, Andrew Wiedeman. Marosevic jumped up to right mid. Guarda and Vasco held down the defensive midfield with Avila coming inside to drive the attack. Lambo replaced Sharpe in goal.

Despite his long layoff, Ihemelu appeared calm on the ball and was one of the strongest players on the field. Following a corner, Ihemelu got forward on a counter-attack and nearly earned an assist on a backdoor pass to Marosevic. Unfortunately, the Rapids’ defenders recovered quickly to smother Marosevic at the back post.

Midway through the second half, Luna got his opportunity on a counter-attack. He dribbled at two defenders and without doing too much to beat either of the backs, the gifted goal scorer simply hit a ball between the defenders low to the far post for a 2-0 lead.   

Quick to attack after allowing the second goal, Colorado had a nice opportunity snuffed out by Ihemelu, who slid back to save a ball off the goal line. The clearance popped up nicely to allow an athletic Colorado midfielder a chance to bike the ball into the net, but Lambo went horizontal to tip the ball out for a corner. Lambo had another highlight-reel save a few minutes later. He made a similar save on a 30-yard blast by Colorado’s Andre Akpan to preserve the clean sheet.


FC Dallas – Chris Sharpe (Josh Lambo), Andrew Wiedeman, Jason Yeisley, Kyle Davies (Ugo Ihemelu), Victor Ulloa (Santiago), Bryan Leyva, Bruno Guarda, Dax McCarty (Vasco), Eric Avila, Ruben Luna, Peri Marosevic. 

Colorado Rapids – Ian Joyce, Dillon Serna, Scott Palguta, Michael Holody, Davy Armstrong, Claudio Lopez, Ross LaBauex, Wells Thompson, James Rogers, Quincy Amarikwa, Andre Akpan.

Misconduct Summary:

DAL – Bruno Guarda (caution; tactical foul)
COL – James Rogers (caution; unsporting behavior)
COL – James Rogers (caution; unsporting behavior)

Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees