Three Standout Performers from FC Dallas’ Back-to-Back Home Wins
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by Sam Nabors
1d ago
FC Dallas bounced back from a heartbreaking US Open Cup defeat to win back-to-back home games against the LA Galaxy and in-state rivals Austin FC. Let’s look at three standout performers from these two huge wins. Logan Farrington Few players have benefitted from Peter Luccin taking charge of the team as much as the young SuperDraft pick from Oregon State. Prior to Nico Estevez being sacked, Farrington started just three games in all competitions, one of them coming in the cup and the other two in the league coming at the very start of the season. His total minutes played in the league clocked ..read more
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Deja vu in Kansas City as FC Dallas falls short again in the Open Cup
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by Sam Nabors
1w ago
For the fifth time, FC Dallas traveled to Kansas City to take on SKC in the US Open Cup and for the fifth time, found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreline, falling 2-1 in extra time. It is a matchup that just seems to be destined in the US Open Cup. Sporting KC vs FC Dallas, two rebranded MLS originals playing in soccer’s oldest competition in the US (but, somehow, always in Kansas City!), and, unfortunately for the Burn, SKC always seems to come out on top. This wasn’t quite the absolutely madcap game that some of these clubs’ previous matchups have given us, but it had its fair share ..read more
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Three early winners from Peter Luccin’s first five games in charge of FC Dallas
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by Sam Nabors
2w ago
After a come from behind 3-2 victory on the 4th of July against Portland, the Peter Luccin era is now 5 games old. This week, we’ll look at three players who have stood out and taken their chance under the interim manager in these five games. Tsiki Ntsabeleng Despite missing the FC Cincinnati match with an illness, Ntsabeleng is probably the biggest early winner under Luccin. He was a second half substitute in Luccin’s first game in charge, coming on for 27 minutes to help close out St Louis. In the post game press conference, Luccin clearly liked what he saw from Ntsabeleng, mentioning him wi ..read more
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Luccin Ball: Three things that look different for FC Dallas in the last two games
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by Sam Nabors
1M ago
Peter Luccin has now had two games as the interim coach for FC Dallas and has come away with two wins. This week, let’s look at that small sample size and identify a few things that already look different for the Burn. 1) Energy and mentality The new manager bounce is real. In Peter Luccin’s first press conference after becoming interim head coach, he talked about energy and mentality a number of times, specifically saying that the team needed more energy and a more positive and more aggressive, fighting mentality. So far, the team has certainly delivered what Luccin is asking for. It is diffi ..read more
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The Nico Estevez Era is Over at FC Dallas; What Now?
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by Sam Nabors
1M ago
After two and a half seasons at the helm of FC Dallas, Nico Estevez and the club parted ways on Sunday night. Let’s look at where the Burn go from here in 2024. On Saturday night, FC Dallas played a massively short-handed Minnesota United side, missing 10 players due to injuries and international call-ups, and they seemed content to take a 1-1 draw. This kind of mentality and attitude on the road was commonplace under Nico Estevez, who appeared to have a goal to have every game finish 1-0 and, if that didn’t happen on the road, was happy to take a point back to Frisco. But this game was appare ..read more
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PREVIEW: Do or Die: Why FC Dallas’ Trip to Minnesota Could Be a Turning Point
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by Sam Nabors
1M ago
Struggling FC Dallas will travel to Minnesota to take on the Loons this weekend. Let’s look at why this game might be a turning point, either positive or negative, for the 2024 season. The Team is (Mostly) Healthy This isn’t really something completely new; FC Dallas has been pretty much at full health, besides long-term injuries, for a few weeks now, but, for basically the first time all season, Nico Estevez should have his full roster, minus Paxton Pomykal, Geovane Jesus and Alan Velasco (and international call ups Carl Sainte and Nolan Norris) available for selection. To this point in the s ..read more
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Three Standout Performers During FC Dallas’ 4-Game Unbeaten Streak
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by Sam Nabors
2M ago
With a draw in Houston and a win in Tampa, FC Dallas is now on a 4 game-unbeaten streak. Let’s look at a few standout performers who have driven FCD’s recent upturn in form. Maarten Paes Dallas’ Indonesian sensation is the clear player of the season so far, but his recent form has perhaps been the most impressive run he has had since he arrived in Dallas before the 2022 season. In this span, Paes has made the MLS Team of the Week on two separate occasions and tied his career high of saves with 8 against Tampa Bay, following up a 7 save performance in Houston. Put simply, without Paes’ immense ..read more
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PREVIEW: Texas Derby, Part II – What FC Dallas Needs to Do to Retain El Capitan
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by Sam Nabors
2M ago
After a big home win against Austin FC, FC Dallas will travel down to Houston to finish out the Texas Derby for 2024. Let’s examine what FC Dallas needs to do to retain El Capitan for a third straight season. 1) Stay Defensively Sound Under Nico Estevez, this point seems like a given. After a horrid defensive season in 2021, Estevez was brought in with a mandate to shore up things defensively. He did so in both his first season and in 2023, with FCD among the league’s best in goals conceded. Things haven’t quite gone according to plan for 2024, with Dallas already shipping 16 goals through the ..read more
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PREVIEW: Three FC Dallas Players Who Need to Have a Big Night vs Austin FC
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by Sam Nabors
2M ago
FC Dallas will follow up their squeaky US Open Cup win with a matchup against in-state rivals Austin FC. Let’s look at three FC Dallas players who need to have strong performances if FCD wants to end the night with three points. Jesus Ferreira Obviously, right? Not exactly a shocker that FC Dallas’ homegrown DP forward needs to have a big night for Dallas to perform well. But this is an important moment for Ferreira as he works back into the team after his return from injury. There have been a few promising signs that the connection between Ferreira and fellow DP forward Petar Musa is strength ..read more
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Three Things FC Dallas Can Build on Following Texas Derby Win
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by Sam Nabors
2M ago
FC Dallas rode a 5th-minute Houston red card to a 2-0 win over their Texas Derby rivals, but what can be taken from a game in which the Burn had a man advantage for 85 minutes? Let’s look at three things Dallas can take from the derby win moving forward. 1) Marco Farfan is Back FCD’s mainstay at left-back for the past two seasons finally made his season debut against the Dynamo. He started in place of Dante Sealy at left wingback and played the first 45 minutes before being subbed out at halftime. Farfan made perhaps the biggest play of the game when his darting run triggered a lovely ball int ..read more
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