FRISCO—It was a frustrating night for FC Dallas as it drew 2-2 with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, June 26 despite having a 2-0 lead going into the last 10 minutes of regulation. Although Dallas gave away the two points late in the game, 20-year-old Brandon Servania was a bright spot throughout the match in what was just his second start in MLS.
The Homegrown midfielder was heavily involved in both of Dallas’ goals on the night. In the 55th minute, he sprang Michael Barrios free in-behind the defense with a perfectly timed ball over the top, allowing Barrios to square it for Jesús Ferreira to tap into an empty net. Just four minutes later, Servania found Ryan Hollingshead on the left-wing who dribbled into the box before finding the back of the net via a deflection—giving Servania his first MLS assist.
“It was great to get the first assist but it’s all about the team,” Servania said post-game. “Obviously, it felt nice in the moment but looking back on it we weren’t able to get the thee points and that’s the biggest thing to me is trying to help the team get the three points every time. It was great to be on the field for another 90 but I think I can definitely improve on some things. I’ll watch the game back and try to learn from those mistakes.”
Servania struggled for playing time early in the season, only making a two-minute cameo in Dallas’ 2-1 loss away to Philadelphia in April. Recently however, Servania has started four games (two Lamar Hunt Open Cup games and two MLS games) since making his return from the U-20 FIFA World Cup where he helped the U.S. reach the quarter finals.
“I think getting minutes at such a high level and such a great tournament definitely gave me confidence,” Servania said on his experience at the World Cup. “I think I was able to come back and continue that form and hopefully I can continue playing a role for this team and see how it goes. Just gotta keep working.”
Both of Servania’s MLS starts come in the midfield with fellow Homegrowns Edwin Cerrillo and Paxton Pomykal. With an average age of just 19, the trio has performed admirably in the absence of the more experienced Bryan Acosta and Carlos Gruezo who are away on international duty. Servania’s familiarity with Cerrillo and Pomykal has undoubtedly contributed to his smooth transition into the FCD midfield.
“Obviously I have a lot of chemistry with them coming from the Academy and moving our way up to the first team,” Servania said. “We were able to all go to Poland [for the U-20 World Cup] which was pretty awesome and all coming back and being able to play a role for this team is amazing. I think just knowing those guys helped my confidence knowing that I’ve played with these guys before—it’s just another game. But again, we weren’t able to close the game today and all three of us can look back and improve on a few things.”
Although he was pleased to record his first MLS assist, Servania wasn’t able to forget the result of the night.
“It hurts for all of us,” Servania said. “We know that we had the three points and kind of gave those away and just to move on to remember this feeling and to move on and look forward to Sunday and bounce back from this game.”