FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas has another hurdle to jump after suffering three first-half injuries in its last match away to Sporting KC at Children’s Mercy Park.
Bryan Acosta, Jimmy Maurer and Matt Hedges were all forced to leave the game prematurely, adding to a growing injury list that includes Fafa Picault and Paxton Pomykal. However, Dallas still earned an important road point and head coach Luchi Gonzalez remains optimistic despite the untimely injury bug.
“(The point) is positive,” Luchi said. “It’s not easy to make three subs before the half. Really important pieces: goalkeeper, center back and center mid. But guys came in, Bressan, Tanner (Tessmann) and Kyle (Zobeck) and performed. So that’s a product of our depth and the pieces that we have, the attitudes we have and the talent we have.
“We have to just keep moving forward and that’s what having a full roster and team is all about. We’ve got a very competitive team; I’d say we have two to three players in every position. And that’s what we’re all about. We’re planning on having guys step up now.”
The timing and reasons behind injuries are always difficult to nail down. But Luchi has a few ideas based on the difficult circumstances his team has undergone over the preceding months.
“These (injuries) can be a product of having three different preseasons, or what happened to us in Orlando where we had guys be stationary for three weeks. It’s an accumulation of a lot of different things. I don’t want to over dissect it, because that’s in the past.”
Aside from Pomykal (who will likely miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery today), most of the squad’s injures are short term. Acosta, Picault and Maurer are all dealing with muscle injuries that shouldn’t keep them out for more than a few weeks. Hedges – who left Wednesday’s match with concussion symptoms – is feeling better and should be in contention for Dallas’ games next week.
Still, it’s a chance for squad players like Ricardo Pepi (who recently got his first MLS start), Zobeck, Tessmann and newly signed Andrés Ricaurte to come in and prove themselves. In a condensed season, situations like this are tough to avoid and they can’t detract from the team’s overall goals.
“We want to earn a home playoff spot so we’ve got keep gaining momentum, keep being defensively strong, and put away our chances,” Luchi said. “I think those are good objectives for us moving forward.”