FRISCO - When you play a game every day for a week, it's amazing what two days of rest can do.
Playing their only preseason match in Frisco vs SMU ahead of Thursday's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg, an FCD team mostly made up of reserves and Academy players defeated the Mustangs 2-0 on a foggy Sunday morning.
Homegrown Paxton Pomykal was, by all accounts, one of the standout performers of the ten days in Argentina and the Highland Village-native kept his hot streak going with a pair of goals against the college side.
"The first one, I played a little one-two and got it back. I saw the keeper was on his toes a bit so I hit a snap shot and caught him off guard," said Pomykal. "The second one, I wasn’t being pressured so I thought why not and took a shot and found a goal."
Pomykal, the youngest starter for FCD, was all over the field in the match twisting and turning defenders while providing the lethal finishes to seal the victory.
"We played well. It was our reserves against SMU, who is a top college program in the country, so it was a good experience for all of us guys who are younger than them," said Pomykal. "It was a good physical battle. I got two goals and thought the game went well."
While the youngster is not expected to start against Arabe Unido on Thursday at Toyota Stadium, he's certainly making a case for a spot on the matchday roster, and that's where the entire focus of the team is now just four days away from the big first leg.
"Preseason is over and now we’re in game mode and we’re getting prepared for Thursday’s game."