BENITEZ FACE - Bob Levey
The season starts tomorrow! That means it's time to get to know a bit about our opponents in Dallas, so Big D Soccer swapped some questions with us.
MLS season starts tomorrow! MLS season starts tomorrow! We're only a day away from this season's opener against FC Dallas, when two teams will face off against each other who re-tooled quite a bit over the off-season. Naturally, there are a few things that we were wondering about our upcoming opponent, and you can bet that a lot of opposing fans want to know what on Earth is going on in the Mile High City.
Naturally, we had to have a short chat with Big D Soccer, our fantastic Dallas blog. We exchanged a couple of questions back and forth in preparation for tomorrow's game, talking players, tactics and more.
Here's the questions I asked Brian and his responses, check out their site for my answers to their questions:
BW: Dallas re-tooled a bit over the off-season, adding some pieces despite losing Brek Shea. What would you say is the biggest weakness remaining on the roster for FCD?
BDS: Our biggest weakness will be the time it takes for new strike partners to develop chemistry with each other and our wide attacking wingers. Blas operated as a lone striker last season, and this season will see him have company as Schellas institutes a 4-4-2 formation. It will take a little time for the new players to learn each others' movements, but expect FC Dallas to score a load of goals in 2013.
BW: Who is a Dallas player we may not know very much about that we should watch out for on Saturday?
BDS: Andrew Jacobson. Since coming to us from Philadelphia for the start of the 2011 season, AJ has been gaining valuable experience learning from veterans like Daniel Hernandez in defensive midfield. Expect the midfield battles to be won by Dallas with AJ and likely DM partner Bobby Warshaw. Additionally, we've seen AJ make opportunistic breaks into the attacking third, shooting impressive long balls on frame.
BW: After two straight injury-riddled years from David Ferreira, what do you expect numbers-wise from the now 33-year-old former MVP?
BDS: David has been handed the captain's armband this year. I expect that this leadership role, coupled with a healthy start to the season, will build his confidence to be more creative with our new additions at forward. I expect him to be posting 10+ assists by the end of the season with 5-10 goals to bolster his stats.
Thanks to Brian from Big D Soccer for collaborating on this!