Squad rotation somehow burns Dallas, 3:1
May 11, 2019

Dallas New York
Ferreira Casseres
05.11.19 · League

Speak up if you saw this coming. Just three days after losing a disheartening game at home, Chris Armas rotated pretty much his entire team for a road game in Dallas. While most would have penciled that in as a loss, the backups responded in a terrific fashion, coming up 3:1 winners.

Only one starer remained from midweek: of all people, Amro Tarek. (Yes, that included a rare missed game for Luis Robles.) 18 minutes in, however, Armas was forced to bring back a regular, as Sean Davis entered for an injured Vincent Bezecourt.

By then, the score was already 1:0. In the 12th minute, after some nice work by Andreas Ivan on the left, the ball was swung back to Cristian Casseres, just outside of the box. The young Venezuelan sliced a shot through the penalty area and into the bottom left corner. Dallas tied it in first half injury time, when Jesus Ferreira split the central defenders and tucked a header past Ryan Meara.

After the break, Metro came out the sharper team. They regained the lead in the 58th, when, moments after a corner, Michael Murillo, whose shots usually sky into the ether, drilled one from the top of the box. It took a deflection off Sean Nealis (who got credited with his first MLS goal) and sailed into the net.

Meara made a fantastic save to hold on to the lead, and Metro sealed it mere moments after a Dallas shot rung off the post. Going the other way, Omir Fernandez fed Brian White, who calmly tucked in his second of the year five minutes from time. (As far as league goals are concerned, your team leaders are Daniel Royer, Alex Muyl, Casseres, and White, all tied with two apiece. Speak up if you saw that coming.)

Metro had no problems the rest of the way, earning their first road win of the year. Say this about Armas: as soon as you give up on him, he somehow pulls another one out...

Lineup: Meara, Duncan, Tarek, Nealis, Murillo, Casseres, Bezecourt, Ivan, Etienne, Romero Gamarra, White. Subs: Davis, Fernandez, Parker.

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