What We Learned: Three Takeaways from FCD's Comeback vs. Montreal

FRISCO, Texas - FC Dallas managed to earn a point on Saturday after trailing 2-0 late in the game at home against the Montreal Impact. It wasn’t the desired result but there are still positive takeaways from the performance.

This Team has Heart
For the second time in two seasons, FC Dallas pulled off an improbable comeback against the Montreal Impact. Last year, Dallas managed to turnaround a three-goal deficit in Montreal thanks in part to Kobra’s first goal for the club—and he managed to repeat the trick in Frisco this time around. FCD was trailing 2-0 until the 83rd minute when Kobra nodded home Reggie Cannon’s cross to bring Dallas within one before Ricardo Pepi leveled the score in stoppage time with his first FC Dallas goal. While Luchi and co. certainly won’t be satisfied with one point at home, the team showed heart and a never-say-die attitude to keep pushing despite the score line. It’s a mentality that will undoubtedly serve them well over the season.

Kobra Maintains Form
One of the major talking points to start the year was whether Kobra could repeat his goal-scoring heroics from the tail end of last season. So far, the answer is yes. The Czech forward tallied FCD’s first goal of 2020 in the home opener against the Philadelphia Union and made it two goals in two games with a deft header on Saturday afternoon. Considering eight of Kobra’s nine career MLS goals have come at Toyota Stadium, he’ll need to prove he can also do it on the road as the team travels to Yankee Stadium this weekend to face NYCFC in its first away trip of the season.

Ricardo Pepi Makes his Mark
Aside from the last-minute come back, Saturday’s game was made special as 17-year-old Ricardo Pepi scored his first FC Dallas goal—becoming the 12th youngest player to score in MLS. It was the El Paso native’s ninth MLS sub appearance when he entered the game two goals down with 15 minutes remaining. After Kobra halved the deficit in the 83rd, Pepi stepped up in the last minute of added time and slammed home Michael Barrios’ deflected cross to earn Dallas a point. Considering how prolific Pepi was at the DA and USL League One levels, Saturday’s goal will be the first of many.