FRISCO — New faces will have the chance to make their case against San Antonio FC on Wednesday in the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Starting XI is likely to feature a mixture of younger faces and experience against San Antonio, and many are excited for this special opportunity to represent FCD.
“It’s something I’ve been looking forward to my whole life,” Jordan Cano said. “It’s a chance to play with the actual first team and wear the actual jersey. I’ve been working for this day for a very long time, so I’m very confident in what I can do and bring to the team. It’s just a chance to be able to showcase that.”
This is Cano’s first season on FC Dallas’ roster after playing for SMU in 2017, and Wednesday could be his professional debut for the first team after signing a Homegrown contract in January.
Paxton Pomykal knows what it takes to make an impression on the first team. The 18-year-old Homegrown has appeared for Dallas three times in MLS play and said he hopes he and his teammates perform well enough on Wednesday to get a shot at seeing more time for the first team.
“I think the core group of 18 has been about the same throughout the year so far, minus a couple of guys,” Pomykal said. “It’s going to be good for guys who haven’t really been in the 18 regularly in MLS games to prove that they could maybe make the 18 and get their shot if they have a good game and if we perform really well.”
FC Dallas and San Antonio FC played a preseason game earlier in the year, and a lot of the same reserves got a chance at playing against the USL side in a 2-0 defeat. Pomykal said he knows San Antonio will be ready to upset Dallas if they get the chance after beating them earlier in the year.
“It could help that we see some familiar faces and similar style of play and know how they play when they came up to face us on our field earlier in preseason,” Pomykal said. “At the end of the day, they’re a USL team and they’re going to be out for blood because we’re the MLS team. They have everything to prove and we have everything to lose.”
Cano is familiar with USL competition after he went on loan to OKC Energy FC this season, starting all four games he appeared in. Cano said his experience in OKC will help prepare him for Wednesday’s competition.
“We’ll have to go back and do the scouting report again, watch all the players and watch the film,” Cano said. “I think the USL games with Oklahoma City really helped me to get prepared for the USL level. They’re a good USL side and we know that, so we have to make sure we’re ready and do our jobs.”
FC Dallas will travel to face San Antonio FC at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Toyota Field. It will be the first official meeting between the two sides.