Well. Earned. Point. Yes, FC Dallas is still undefeated, but we’re not here to talk about that. This, in my view, was a great result with a lot of positives to take from. To start a three-game week all on the road against an MLS Cup contender and walk away with a point shows how far this club has come from 2015.
Let’s get into some facts from Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX.
1. New York City FC‘s record against Dallas improves slightly to 0W-2D-1L. Toyota Park remains on the list of places City has yet to take three points from. This list includes Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado, StubHub Center in Carson/LA, Red Bull Arena Harrison, Orlando City Stadium, Avaya Stadium in San Jose, and Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.
2. Rodney Wallace and FC Dallas’s Maximiliano Urruti were teammates and MLS Cup winners at Portland Timbers. (Yeah, they have a Maxi too, also Argentinian…imagine them both on the same team…hang on, I’m gonna go add Urruti to my FUT squad, be right back.)
3. (I’m back!) Speaking of the Maxi’s in this match, Maxi Moralez and Urriti both lived in the Greater Rosario metro area, Moralez being from Granadero Baigorria. Rosario is also where the great Lionel Messi lived. (And THAT is why I brought this up!)
4. This match extends a few streaks: undefeated home or away to three matches, undefeated away alone to three matches, matches with at least one goal to nine.
6. Maxime Chanot earned the highest score for the squad at 7.6. At 7.1, second highest goes to Alexander, Ring and Callens, and at 7.0, third highest goes to Tommy McNamara and Johnson, the two players who I think made this result.
7. I made a note to myself that ten games in, I will start to look at the odds from inonit.com. As of now, City has a 87.40% chance of making playoffs, a 43.60% chance of making the top two, and a 22.94% chance of being at the top of the East. Supporters’ Shield chances stand at 14.96%.
8. (Stolen from the podcast) City is tied for third in the league with Toronto FC for least goals conceded at 11. FC Dallas (6) and Sporting Kansas City (7) are the only other teams who do better in this statistic.
9. NYC’s goal differential is tied for third best in the league with Houston Dynamo at +7. Only Toronto FC (+9) and FC Dallas (+8) have better differentials.
First midweek fixture of the season is away to Real Salt Lake. This will be a test of how deep this squad is. I’m feeling good about this one.
What if there was a team of all Maximilianos?
Uh, right…well, that was crap. How deep is this squad? Not much, apparently.
What can I make from this match at Rio Tinto Stadium in the Utah cold and snow of May?
1. Three games played against Real Salt Lake, three games lost. You probably knew that already.
3. Ugo’s goal, by the way, continues the streak of City scoring goals in a match to ten.
4. Even though we lost, we still manage to lose by just one goal. I see that as a positive…
Yeah, I got nothing else. Help me out if you can. On to Orlando City SC on Sunday…oh, for goodness’ sake…
(sigh) I should just not watch this match…but I got to write these, so I have to…UGH! I hate watching us lose!!!