FRISCO - Coming off the first road win of 2019, FC Dallas heads back out to face the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night with a new level of confidence in their mentality away from Toyota Stadium.
"It’s hard [to play away in MLS] but it makes it easier that we got the win against RSL,” said Paxton Pomykal, who found the net twice in last week’s win. “It makes us go to Philly and feel like we’re going there to win the game, that we can go there and implement our style and be the better team there.”
The mentality of going to win a game away from home is something not widely seen in a league, where a point on the road is considered a success. Rather than play for the draw, Luchi Gonzalez and his staff know nothing but going for the full three points regardless of the location.
“The culture right now is about wherever we play, we’re going to take it to them. We’re going to take our game to them,” Reggie Cannon said on the mindset shift this season. “We’re going to play and dominate the game in their house, which is always a tough thing to do in the MLS. That’s something that we’ve really been focusing on this year with Luchi to instill that culture on us to be able to take our game there and not sit back.”
The balance between confident and arrogant, though, is one the head coach is careful not to cross.
“We don’t want to believe that in an overly confident way by any means. It’s just to be focused and committed to our intentions, with or without the ball, and the moments in between,” Gonzalez said. “Of course [we’re going] to adapt to the opponent, home or away, but after adapting to that while certainly maintaining the foundation of how we want to play and knowing that we can always trust and count on the way that we play.”
Against a Union side Saturday that hasn’t allowed a goal in 200 minutes, it’s going to be a strong test for FCD to implement their emerging style of creating dangerous chances.