Saturday was the tale of two halves as all the action took place in the first half. San Jose held out after coming from behind to win 2-1 on Saturday night for their second win against Dallas in a month. Here are the things we learnt from game:
1. Both teams are susceptible from crosses and corners.
Both teams struggled in the first half to deal with crosses into the box, having great difficulty clearing the ball.
Both Blas Perez and Atiba Harris‘s goals were put into the box before ending up in the net. A weakness that MLS sides should be looking to exploit in the coming weeks.
2. FC Dallas couldn’t handle Yannick Djalo.
Djalo was San Jose’s main threat going forward, using his pace time after time to put the Earthquakes on the front foot.
Dallas were exposed on many occasions and failed to handle the on-loan Benfica forward, and eventually Adam Moffat collected his second yellow card after bringing Djalo down once again.
3. Fabian Castillo is a touch of class.
The young Colombian winger has the ability to make the ball look like it’s glued to his boots when he’s dribbling. At one point, he weaved through six men and then won a penalty.
Jon Busch saved the subsequent spot-kick but Castillo has a lot of potential, and it can’t be long before European clubs start taking notice of the pacey winger.
4. Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi can strike a ball.
The Frenchman scored his first Major League Soccer goal last night and what a screamer it was, already a contender for goal of the season.
Since joining the Earthquakes from AC Ajaccio, he has played eight times. No game more memorable than last night as his strike won the game. Be sure to check it out in the highlights below: