FRISCO, Texas - FC Dallas capped off its first week back at training since the MLS is Back tournament with an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning at Toyota Stadium.
It was the team's first 11 vs. 11 experience in the stadium since its last home game on March 7 before the MLS season was put on hold due to COVID-19.
"It felt fantastic, it was a very competitive scrimmage," head coach Luchi Gonzalez said after the game. "It honestly could've gone either way and that shows you the depth in the group and and their mentality and hunger to compete and play. We need that game to improve our game fitness, improve concepts, and now we have video to breakdown 11 versus 11--something we haven't been able to do the last few weeks. But it's all steps and I see us growing and continuing to improve over the past week."
"It was great to get back out on the field and get that scrimmage under our belts and being in the stadium really helps," said goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer, who saved a penalty early in the first half. "The guys were getting after it and it was really competitive so it's another step forward for us."
The squad was split into two teams and played two 35-minute halves. Although they were competing against their own teammates, there was no drop off in competitiveness or physicality.
"It's all about trying to replicate the real game day environment as much as possible," Maurer continued. "It can't be casual and it was anything but that today. The fight was there, it was getting fiery out there and that's what we need."
While FC Dallas doesn't know the date or opponent of its next match, the coaching staff did its best to challenge the players with different tactical schemes.
"We simulated some things in terms of formation and scenarios of things that we think we could face in the next game," Luchi said. "We just got to keep it open and a little flexible and create scenarios we have to adapt to. This was a (much) needed game and there were high moments and low moments, but you need those for experience and to be out of your comfort zone so that we can solve, push and improve."