FC Dallas got a goal and an assist from rookie forward Jason Yeisley in a 4-1 win in a scrimmage with the Austin Aztex of the USSFD2 at Pizza Hut Park on Wednesday. FCD also got goals from Eric Avila, Andrew Wiedeman and Zach Loyd while Dax McCarty had two assists.
Avila’s goal came just four minutes in. It was set up after FCD rookie Eric Alexander sent a long ball from the left flank toward his teammate, who was on the right side. Avila launched a low, hard shot from about 15 yards out that beat the Austin ‘keeper to give FCD an early 1-0 lead.
The game remained 1-0 until Austin drew things level early in the second frame. Trialist Wolry Wolfe put one past FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman with the assist going to former MLS player Lance Watson, who was recently signed by the Aztex.
It remained 1-1 until Wiedeman’s goal in the 54th. Yeisley set the table nicely by dribbling around an Austin defender on the left side. He then laid the ball off to his fellow rookie and Wiedeman finished nicely for FCD’s second goal of the match.
McCarty and fellow starter Atiba Harris both came on with around 15 minutes to go and in the 81st minute, McCarty got the first of two assists when he set Yeisley up nicely, a chance the Penn State product finished with great precision.
And with about two minutes left, McCarty delivered a picture-perfect corner from the far flag. FCD’s top 2010 draft pick Loyd got his head on the end of McCarty’s boot and headed it home to finish the day’s scoring.
“I thought it was a good result for us,” FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman said. “I wasn’t in it to win the game. I was in it to see our players under pressure like how our two midfielders handle their three midfielders? I asked them to take more risks and more chances, take more shots and make more runs forward because we weren’t putting them back on their heels enough. I thought we did that and we started creating goal-scoring opportunities. We came into it to give our reserve players a game, something they need more of so that they can stay sharp. We also wanted to put ourselves in the situation where some players had an opportunity to impress me.”
FCD’s lineup consisted of Kevin Hartman in goal, Anthony Wallace on the left side of the defense, Brek Shea and Edson Edward in the middle and Loyd at right back. The midfield consisted of Eric Avila on the left, Wiedeman on the right with Alexander and Bruno Guarda in the middle. Yeisley and Peri Marosevic started up top.
Ruben Luna, a member of the FCD Juniors program, came on for Marosevic in the second half. FCD’s other changes were McCarty coming on for Guarda and Harris for Avila.
Shea played in Saturday’s 1-1 tie with Houston at left midfield but on Wednesday played center back. FCD will be without Kyle Davies for at least eight weeks after he suffered a broken right arm against the Dynamo and had to leave the game in the 55th minute. Ugo Ihemelu, who Davies replaced in the first 11, remains sidelined with a strained hamstring but should return to training soon and be ready for FCD’s next game on April 10 against Columbus.
Hyndman discussed getting another look at Shea in the central defense.
“Last year, we had an exhibition where he played center back and he did a good job. I would’ve kept him at center back but he was with the Under-20s as a left-sided midfielder and I didn’t want to confuse him too much,” the FCD coach said. “Right now, with Kyle (Davies) injured, we really need to start to think about who we can put back there as a center back. Right now, he is doing fine. He just needs more time and more coaching.”
The FCD head coach also had good things to say about Yeisley’s performance.
“He was great. He’s a big, strong boy,” Hyndman said. “He holds the ball well. I don’t think he got beat on too many headers. Even though Zach (Loyd) scored that goal there at the end, it was (Jason) Yeisley going for the first ball and dragging the whole defense with him (that made the difference). I thought he scored a great goal and then he took a ball up to the baseline and laid it off to Andrew (Weideman) in front of the goal.”
For Yeisley, who missed much of preseason due to injury, he was happy just to get the opportunity to play a full 90.
“It was tough for me in early preseason. I came in here and got hurt almost right away,” the FCD rookie said. “I’m really thankful the coaching staff kept me around and gave me the opportunity to kind of show what I can do. I’m grateful to still be here and to be playing. I want to take every opportunity to try and prove myself and show people what I can do.”