FRISCO - FC Dallas got their first competitive action of preseason Saturday morning as the reserves played a scrimmage against the University of Tulsa on AdvoCare Field 1 at the Toyota Soccer Center.
The two sides played three 30-minute periods with a heavy rotation of players from both sides. Paxton Pomykal, Adonijah Reid and Bryan Reynolds combined for the lone goal of the match as FCD took a 1-0 result, which would’ve been a little more one-sided if not for some nice stops from the Tulsa goalkeeper.
FCD Reserves getting their first scrimmage of the season underway this morning against the Univ. of Tulsa. Here’s what Dallas is rolling with this morning: pic.twitter.com/HcGaRVtjth— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) January 27, 2018
Jimmy Maurer: While not tested a whole lot throughout the morning, Maurer was very noticeable with his vocal leadership from the back in organizing the largely inexperienced back line in front of him. Made a diving save on the one strong chance he faced in the 64th minute as Tulsa played a short corner and the 29-year-old faced a screened shot from the top of the box.
Amer Sasivarevic: One of the biggest surprises on the day was Sasivarevic’s play on the left side of the back line. At 5-foot-11, the SuperDraft pick plays very aggressive and made three strong recovery tackles in the opening half hour alone. Also showed a nice ability to overlap on the attack without exposing himself defensively. Very interested to see more as camp wears on.
Jordan Cano: Playing just 45 minutes, Cano didn’t overly stand out in the middle, but that’s not a bad sign from a defender. He did send a long ball from the back to Adonijah Reid on the right wing to create a strong scoring chance just before he was subbed off. You can tell he’s very comfortable with the college level and with a Tulsa team he saw often during his time at SMU, but he’ll need to continue that poise as the preseason games ramp up in the level of play.
Walker Hume: Hume has had his ups and downs during the opening week of camp and had a decent game, but didn’t shine as you’d hope for second-year player in 60 minutes of play. The staff knows him well, but he’ll have to really impress in the coming days and weeks if he hopes to earn a spot in Dallas for a second season.
Kris Reaves: The coaches got a look at Reaves at right back for the opening hour before shifting him into the middle for the final 30 minutes of play. He settled in as the game went along, recovering from two crosses sent long in the early going to connecting on a few good balls in the middle frame. I’d say he’s still adapting into the environment and look to see some progression as games wear on.
Jacori Hayes: Hayes, in my opinion, showcased his readiness to play some considerable MLS time in his 45 minutes of action. Owning the role of the holding mid while Pomykal and Servania we freed to play in a more advanced role, the second-year midfielder was very comfortable covering a lot of ground in the middle and did so very well.
Francis Atuahene: Dallas’ No. 4 pick had some bright moments early with a strong technical ability on the ball, but wasn’t able to create many big chances in his short time on the field. He was replaced in the 28th minute after a collision in the box a few minutes earlier and trainers were tending to his left wrist before he went back into the locker room with a splint on. He could miss some preseason time depending on the prognosis.
Paxton Pomykal: It shouldn’t shock you when I saw that Pomykal made relatively easy work of Tulsa’s midfield on Saturday. The 18-year-old is playing well beyond his years and created the spark that led to the opening goal, sending a ball all the way across the field to Reid, who found Reynolds open in front. Took a couple heavy set pieces, but looked strong over 90 minutes. This should be a breakout season for the Homegrown.
Brandon Servania: Another player very comfortable with the college level, even though his collegiate career consisted of just 20-something games. In 55 minutes, showed a nice ability to break up plays and spring a counter attack the other way from a more advanced role in the midfield. Will be interesting to see where FCD sees him playing as preseason rolls on.
Ema Twumasi: Although not as fast as Atuahene on the opposite wing, Twumasi was much calmer on the ball in reading the play as it developed around him. Played a good amount of time on both sides of the field after his fellow first-round pick was subbed off. Decent opening 60 minutes of play.
Bryan Reynolds: You can still tell that Reynolds is 16 years old at times, but you can also see moments of raw talent that have the potential to develop into a strong attacking player. Was able to finish for the lone goal without the cleanest of touches, which is nice to see. I think the key for the Homegrown is getting lots of games this season, something he didn’t really see a whole lot of during his time with the U.S. U-17s last season.
Guillen on for Cano, Levin for Hayes. Reid and Twumasi have swapped wings as wel. FCD’s new look in 47th minute: pic.twitter.com/cVetejizEI— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) January 27, 2018
Adonijah Reid: The Canadian really came on and changed the game on the wings over the last hour Where Atuahene maybe lacked in creating chances early in his debut, Reid showed some poise and speed in making things happen both on the right and left sides. Had several good scoring chances himself as well as setting up the lone goal and a couple near assists too.
Aaron Guillen: The defender came on in the final 45 minutes in the middle. You can tell his calmness as someone who has been around for two MLS seasons. Like Cano, not too much stood out from Guillen, but like Hume, not necessarily a great sign for someone looking to earn a contract in a crowded defensive depth chart.
Jonathan Levin: Levin came on for Hayes at the midpoint and understandably couldn’t keep up with the same level deep. Seemed to work better with Lema as a pairing there rather than a straight one-for-one switch.
Chris Lema: A real quiet presence in the middle for Lema in his half hour of work. He had a few good tackles and provided some nice assistance to Levin, but might be a tough road with a crowded roster there already.
Jesus Ferreira: It was really just good to see Ferreira back on the field period after knee surgery in November. He replaced Reynolds and had some nice chances at goal in 30 minutes of play. Considering he spent most of the week running on the sidelines at training, a pleasantly surprising performance. I look forward to seeing him as camp continues.
Noah Franke: Reaves moved to the middle and allowed Franke to really impress on the right side late. The Creighton product has pace moving forward and can create some chances, but also played strong defensively. With a few more minutes of action, I probably would've ranked his performance up there alongside Sasivarevic’s on the left side of the field.
Emmanuel Page (FCD Academy): Came on for Twumasi for the final 30 minutes and showed a strong burst of speed down the wings. Needs to continue to work on some crossing and creating chances, but held his own with the pros and college kids.