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In-Depth 2021 FC Dallas Preview with Steve Davis

Steve Davis, FC Dallas TV/radio broadcast analyst, helps the Dallas Soccer Show crew with a mega preseason review.  First they catch up on the La Copita preseason tournament win, some big local TV news, and the Beni Redžić signing.

Jonathan, Dustin, Steve, Tristan and Nico get into Luchi’s 3rd year, the influx of new players, and even a little “play the kids” talk.  They end the show with some predictions and a preview of the opening day match against the Colorado Rapids.

Links: ASA Colorado Season Preview by Mark Asher Goodman

Sayonara Santos, FC Dallas Supporters’ Group Preview

This week’s episode jumps straight into the Santos transfer announcement, what it means for the team, and if it was a good move.   After a little jersey and sponsor talk, Dustin, Nico and Jonathan get into the latest FCD preseason match including key takeaways about some new and old players.

Your podcast trio break down the latest MLS news related to the CONCACAF Champions League and the new concussion substitute rules introduced by FIFA.

The show ends with a Supporter’s Group roundtable with Steven Goold and Luis Dollar, the presidents of the Dallas Beer Guardians and El Matador to get you ready for the season kickoff.

Key Topics:

  • 2:10 – Thiago Santos leaves the club
  • 16:50 – Away Kit and Sponsor Talk
  • 23:30 – FCD Preseason Update
  • 31:55 – MLS News Update on CCL and Concussion Protocol
  • 39:13 – FC Dallas Supporter’s Group Round Table 

NO-lympics for the USMNT and FC Dallas’ Preseason Continues

The crew talks through USMT Olympic qualifying, the FC Dallas Schedule and Stadium plans, as well as the state of the US Open Cup tournament.

They catch up on the FC Dallas Preseason game against San Antonio FC including key things they saw, and who we didn’t see on the field – including exclusive Paxton Pomykal audio from Jon Arnold’s interview for The Striker Texas!

Finally, the crew takes time out to deliver an ‘Ode de Barrios’, and Nico wraps things up with a little North Texas SC update!

  • 1:15 – U23 & National Team Talk
  • 11:50 – FC Dallas Schedule and Stadium Plans
  • 24:30 – US Open Cup Tournament Update
  • 28:05 – Preseason Match Review
  • 44:05 – Goodbye to Michael Barrios
  • 52:00 – NTSC Roster Update & Things to Watch For

Andre Zanotta plus Big Podcast News

The 2021 DSS season kicks off with exciting news about the podcast, including adding Nico Mendez to the team!

Dustin, Tristan, Jonathan and Nico then walk through the FC Dallas off-season roster moves and preseason schedule.

To close out the episode FC Dallas Technical Director, Andre Zanotta, joined the crew to talk about scouting, homegrowns, the latest signings, and the decision to trade Barrios. He even teased a potential new signing!

2020 Season Review with Jon Arnold

Dallas Morning News reporter Jon Arnold dropped by to help the guys talk about the playoff loss in Seattle and put a bow on the absurdity that was the 2020 season.

They answer questions like:
Was the season a success? Did Luchi progress in year two? Which players increased their stock values? Which players had forgettable 2020’s? Is there hope going into 2021?

Don’t miss it!

Playoff Match Buildup: FC Dallas at Portland Timbers

Dustin, Tristan and Jonathan walk you through everything you need to know about FC Dallas’ 1st round playoff matchup in Portland against the Timbers!

What to expect from Portland? Will Mora be allowed to play after spending time with Chile during the international break? Would you you start Bressan or Reto? Who should play on the wing? Pepi or Jara?

All these questions answered, PLUS our take on the Houston Dynamo (FC) rebrand!

Decision Day Doldrums for FC Dallas in 3-0 Loss to Minnesota

FC Dallas travelled to Minnesota for a match that could have seen them finish the regular season anywhere from 2nd place to 7th place. It wasn’t the absolute worst outcome to Decision Day, but FC Dallas lost yet another away match.

Dustin and Jonathan chat about the match and what it means for FC Dallas’ 2020 MLS Cup Playoff future.

Nashville, RSL, and El Matador’s Luis Dollar

Dustin and Jonathan reluctantly take a look at the 3-0 loss in Nashville, the 0-0 draw in Salt Lake, and the themes that have emerged from these latest 2 away matches.

Then, El Presidente de El Matidor, Luis Dollar joins the show to talk about how the season’s working out, issues with security, moving supporters groups to the Southwest corner of Toyota Stadium, and much more!

El Matador Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElMatadorFCD

Tactical Analysis: FC Dallas vs Sporting Kansas City

FC Dallas hosted Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night after a weekend off due to a COVID outbreak with Minnesota United. From the start Peter Vermes’ side looked to frustrate FC Dallas, rather than outright going for the win. They obviously saw FC Dallas struggle against Houston’s bunker and looked to exploit the same weakness.

Thankfully for FC Dallas, it seems as if Luchi Gonzalez has also been working out ways to break down a compact, deep-lying defense. Let’s take a look at how they managed to finally create quality scoring chances and even score a goal against a defense set up like this.

Balls Into The Box From Deep

Luchi loves himself some methodical buildup play. Unfortunately, this allows defenses to get set up and become more compact as the ball progresses into their end, thus making it harder for FC Dallas to get the ball into dangerous areas. FC Dallas has routinely struggled to get meaningful penetration into bunkered defense. These teams willingfully scede possession on the perimeter of their defensive blocks, knowing that they’ve got the numbers inside the block to cut off passes and sufficiently mark FC Dallas’ attackers.

In the past we’ve seen Gonzalez’ men attempt to counter this by dropping Ricaurte deep to be a creative part of that methodical buildup. However, in this match we saw both him and Tanner Tessmann dropping deep and sending balls to runners into the box.

Skipping lines like this prevented SKC from being able to collapse and become super-compact before they had to defend. Targeting the box on those long passes, rather than the wings, also prevented SKC from being able to set up defensively. The result was FC Dallas attackers with chances to get the ball in dangerous areas with minimal resistance.

Did something always come from these long balls into the box? No, but continually taking the ball into the final 1/3rd via the wings becomes predictable and allows the defenders to cheat a little bit — shifting to the side a little bit here and anticipating passing lanes there, being one-dimensional just makes things harder. Anything you can add to the arsenal to keep defenses honest is a good thing.

Overloading the Box

Another tactic that FC Dallas used to help break down the SKC bunker (and the one that ultimately provided the break-through) was getting an overwhelming number of players actually into the box to provide targets for the playmakers on the wings.

All too often, FC Dallas either has all of the players standing around the edge of the box waiting for some sort of cut-back pass, or they just have Jara in the box by himself with too many players committed to overloading the wings.

But towards the end of the 1st half, something amazing started happening. When crosses would come in from the wings, there were more FC Dallas players in the box than the defenders could handle!

You saw it again just a few minutes later, resulting in a Ryan Hollingshead goal. The buildup on the wings and the cross will get all the hype, but instead of watching the ball, watch it again and keep an eye on the box. FC Dallas committed enough players (4 again!) into the box that all SKC defenders were tied up marking them, allowing Hollingshead to slip into the box on the backside, unmarked, just in time for Bryan Reynolds to pick him out with the cross.

That having been said, FC Dallas was also vulnerable to this tactic as they looked to hold onto the lead late in the game. It’s a balancing act between bringing midfielders into the box to mark players, and opening up too much space in the dangerous areas just outside of the box.

Love Song to Tanner Tessmann 

This was arguably my favorite match from Tanner Tessmann yet. He got the start in the #6 position (Central Defensive Midfielder), presumably to give Thiago Santos a rest, and he made the absolute most of it. Rather than describing it all or gushing over him, I present to you a collection of Tessmann moments that stood out to me during the match. They’ll do the talking.

This one was so fun, it made this article twice!

Tanner’s not a finished product by any means, but I’m excited to watch him keep growing as a professional!

FC Dallas Halts Winless Streak With Win Against Sporting Kansas City

Dustin and Jonathan talk about the recent Reggie Cannon interview in The Crack Podcast that has fans outraged. They also break down the 1-0 win over Kansas Cit, Tanner Tessmann starting as the CDM, and how FC Dallas was able to break down SKC’s low block.

Plus, they take a quick look ahead at what the end of the season might look like for FC Dallas.