Pre/In/Post - Match No. 17 - St. Louis CITY at FC Dallas, Sat. June 15, 2024, 7:30 PM (CT) [R]

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  1. fortcollins

    fortcollins Member+

    St. Louis City SC
    Apr 12, 2006
    Fort Collins
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    St. Louis CITY SC (3-4-9) v. FC Dallas (3-8-5)
    Saturday June 15, 2024, 7:30 PM (CT)
    Toyota Stadium, Frisco TX
    Apple TV+ MLS Season Pass


    Here is the mlssoccer.com match thread


    St. Louis CITY SC (3-4-8, 17 Points, 1.13 PPG, 23 GF, 25 GA, Net -2)

    2024 Form: DWDDDLDWDDWLLLDD
    Home: 3-2-4, 13 Points, 1.44 PPG, 10 GF, 8 GA, Net +2, Form: DWDDWWLLD
    Away: 0-2-5, 5 points, 0.71 PPG, 13 GF, 17 GA, Net -4, Form: DDLDDLD
    2024 Results
    Match 01 - CITY 1-1 RSL
    Match 02 – CITY 2-0 NYCFC
    Match 03 – Austin 2-2 CITY
    Match 04 - LA Galaxy 3-3 CITY
    Match 05 – CITY 2-2 DC United
    Match 06 – RSL 3-1 CITY
    Match 07 – CITY 0-0 FCD
    Match 08 – CITY 1-0 Austin
    Match 09 – pig snort kansas 3-3 CITY
    Match 10 – Houston 0-0 CITY
    Match 11 – CITY 3-1 Chicago
    Match 12 – CITY 0-2 LAFC
    Match 13 – Cincinnati 3-1 CITY
    Match 14 – CITY 1-2 Seattle
    Match 15 – Miami 3-3 CITY
    Match 16 – CITY 0-0 Portland


    FC Dallas (3-8-5, 14 Points, 0.82 PPG, 18 GF, 25 GA, Net -7)

    2024 Form: WLLLLDDLWLWDDLLD
    Home: 3-2-2, 1.57 PPG, x GF, x GA, Net x, Form WLLDWWD
    Away: 0-6-3, 0.33 PPG, x GF, x GA, Net -x, Form LLDLLDLLD
    2024 Results
    Match 01 – FCD 2-1 SJ
    Match 02 – FCD 1-2 CF Montreal
    Match 03 – RBNY 2-1 FCD
    Match 04 – FCD 1-3 Vancouver
    Match 05 – Austin 2-1 FCD
    Match 06 – CITY 0-0 FCD
    Match 07 – FCD 0-0 Seattle
    Match 08 – Colorado 2-1 FCD
    Match 09 – FCD 2-0 Houston
    Match 10 – Toronto 3-1 FCD
    Match 11 – FCD 2-1 Austin
    Match 12 – Houston 1-1 FCD
    Match 13 – FCD 3-3 RSL
    Match 14 – LA Galaxy 3-1 FCD
    Match 15 – LAFC 1-0 FCD
    Match 16 – Minnesota 1-1 FCD

    All time head-to-head, MLS regular season matches:
    CITY 1-1-1, 2 GF, 3 GA, net -1
    Home versus FC Dallas: CITY 1-0-1 (2 GF, 1 GA, net +1)
    Away versus FC Dallas: CITY 0-1-0 (0 GF, 2 GA, net -2)

    CITY and FCD drew nil-nil at CITYPARK earlier this season. Excluding that head-to-head, CITY is 1-3-4 and FC Dallas 2-3-3 against six other common 2024 opponents. CITY is 0-1-1 against RSL (home draw, away loss), and FCD is 0-0-1 against RSL (home draw). CITY is 1-0-1 against Austin (away draw, home win), and FCD is 1-1-0 against Austin (away loss, home win). CITY is 0-0-1 against the LA Galaxy (away draw), and FCD is 0-1-0 against the LA Galaxy (away loss). CITY is 0-0-1 against Houston (away draw) and FCD is 1-0-1 (home win, away draw). Both teams are 0-1-0 against LAFC, CITY a home loss and FCD an away loss. CITY is 0-1-0 against Seattle (home loss), and FCD is 0-0-1 against Seattle (home draw).

    This is the end of the first half of the season for both teams, an 11 v. 13 matchup in the West. Last time these teams played, FCD was coming off four straight losses, and the match ended as a nil-nil at CITYPARK. FC Dallas fired Nico Estevez after their last match (their fifth straight winless match) and will be under interim head coach Peter Luccin this match. Many teams have a bump the first match after a coaching change. In addition, Chris Durkin is penned for this match because of YC accumulation. FCD is 3-2-2 at home and CITY 0-2-5 on the road. Both teams have conceded 25 goals, but CITY has scored 5 more than FCD (23-18). This looks like a tough road trip.

    Discuss.
     
  2. fortcollins

    fortcollins Member+

    St. Louis City SC
    Apr 12, 2006
    Fort Collins
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    PRO's Assignmernts: Center Ref Jon Freemon, ARs Brian Dunn and Diego Blas, Fourth Official Gerald Flores, VAR Sorin Stoica, and AVAR Joshua Patlak.
     
  3. fortcollins

    fortcollins Member+

    St. Louis City SC
    Apr 12, 2006
    Fort Collins
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No thanks to the card-happy officiating last match, here are the disciplinary reports:

    St. Louis CITY SC
    Suspended: Chris Durkin (YC accumulation)
    Yellow Card caution (one YC from being penned): Tim Parker, Celio Pompeu, Tomas Totland.

    FC Dallas
    Suspended: none
    Yellow Card caution (one YC from being penned):paul Arriola, Liam Fraser
     
  4. fortcollins

    fortcollins Member+

    St. Louis City SC
    Apr 12, 2006
    Fort Collins
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Young gun alert. Multiple reports of Klein and Glover sightings during first team training today.
    :thumbsup:
     
  5. fortcollins

    fortcollins Member+

    St. Louis City SC
    Apr 12, 2006
    Fort Collins
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Player availability report:

    St. Louis CITY SC
    OUT: Rasmus Alm, Tomas Ostrak
    Questionable: none
    Suspended: Chris Durkin (YC accumulation)
    Yellow Card caution (one YC from being penned): Tim Parker, Celio Pompeu, Tomas Totland.

    FC Dallas
    OUT: Geovane Jesus, Paxton Pomykal, Alan Velasco
    Questionable: none
    Suspended: none
    Yellow Card caution (one YC from being penned): Paul Arriola, Liam Fraser
     
  6. fortcollins

    fortcollins Member+

    St. Louis City SC
    Apr 12, 2006
    Fort Collins
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Broadcast crews for our match: Tyler Terens and Kyndra de St. Aubin (English) and Raul Guzman and Carlos Ruiz (Spanish).
     
  7. fortcollins

    fortcollins Member+

    St. Louis City SC
    Apr 12, 2006
    Fort Collins
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Starting XIs

    St. Louis CITY SC:
    Burki-Totland-Parker-Nilsson-Watts-Blom-Lowen-Vassilev-Kijima-Pompeu-Klauss
    Bench: Lundt-Adeniran-Markanich-Jackson-Nerwinski-Thorisson-Yaro-Glover-Klein

    FC Dallas
    Paes-Tafari-Gonzalez-Ibeagha-Farfan-Illarramendi-Lleget-Arriola-Delgado-Ferreira-Musa
    Bench: Maurer-Sealy-Sainte-Ntsabeleng-Fraser-Farrington-Junqua-Ansah-Kamungo
     
  8. SetPeace

    SetPeace Member+

    Jun 22, 2004
    SC Illinois
    Club:
    Torquay United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well, that was a regretable and forgetable match. It seems like the team has lost its spirit. Pompeu and Alm out for extended periods of time with injuries. Who knows how long Nilsson will be out with his hamstring problem. Gioacchini and Stroud gone in the off-season and their replacements haven't been able to have a noticeable impact on the team's overall play.

    Closer to goal, the passing quality isn't there like last year, and neither is the on-target shooting. As the saying goes, you can't win if you can't score, and this team is struggling mightily in the 'Goals For' category. Unfortunately, keepers against St. Louis this season are playing like they're on a World Cup championship team! Maybe City can find a way to right the ship, but with the season halfway over, it doesn't look likely. You can't rely on the teams ahead of you in the standings to fall apart. You have to be dynamic and put pressure on them by winning, and that's been a chore for St. Louis this year.
     
  9. fortcollins

    fortcollins Member+

    St. Louis City SC
    Apr 12, 2006
    Fort Collins
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In many statistical areas, CITY is playing better in the first half of 2024 than in the full 2023 season. There are two areas where CITY has a noticeable falloff, and it's no surprise that the record is suffering.

    Shooting and scoring:
    CITY 2024 first half per match: 17.2 shots, 5.59 on frame, 1.18 in net
    CITY 2023 season per match: 13.5 shots, 4.79 on frame, 1.82 in net
    CITY leads the MLS in shots (293 so far, with one to two games in hand). Shot accuracy (on frame) has improved. There is a huge falloff in scoring, with 21.1% of 2024 on-frame shots finding net, as opposed to 38.0% in 2023. CITY has a slightly lower on frame percent in 2024, but the sharp increase in shots means that CITY has more on-frame shots per match in 2024. The falloff is getting shots in the net.

    Defending
    CITY 2024 first half per match: CITY has yielded 1.59 goals per match
    CITY 2023 per match: CITY yielded 1.32 goals per match
    The additional roughly 0.3 goals allowed per match , combined with scoring roughly 0.6 fewer goals per match, is the key difference between 2023 and the first half of 2024. That said, CITY is on pace for more clean sheets than in 2023. What has happened is not that draws are becoming losses, but rather than wins are becoming draws.

    Fouls suffered and committed:
    CITY 2024 first half per match: 11.3 suffered, 16.0 committed, ratio 1.42 committed per suffered
    CITY 2023 per match: 10.5 suffered, 14.1 committed, ratio: 1.35 committed per suffered
    CITY is committing roughly two more fouls per match and suffering roughly one more foul per match this year. That's noteworthy, but not enough to explain the record.

    Passing
    CITY 2024 first half per match: 289.2 completed of 372.2 attempted (77.7%)
    CITY 2023 per match: 261.9 completed of 352.4 attempted (74.3%)
    CITY has improved passing accuracy this year and is completing roughly 17 more passes per match than last year.

    Tactically, CITY is at least the same as 2023, and in some ways better. CITY is holding possession a bit better and leads the MLS in shots. The high press is creating opportunities. The quality of the shots is a big issue, and the quality of defending is an issue.

    CITY has multiple starting players hurt, and is missing two key players from 2023 (Gio and Stroud), which explains a portion of the decline in shooting accuracy and a portion of the increase in goals allowed.

    The falloff in finishing can be attributed to three factors: poor shot selection, poor timing of shots, and quality of defensive players and plays. Some shots are on frame, but right at keepers or defenders. Other shots are dying for lack of quickness or for the opposite, rushing them when time exists to make a better shot. Other shots are being stopped by stellar defensive or opposing keeper play.

    Some of these things can self-correct. It's the never-ending mystery of athletes and streaks, either good or bad. The old basketball adage of "if you're hot, shoot, and if you're not, shoot until you get hot" has applicability to soccer, as well. Something is bound to open up sometime.

    It isn't time for panic, or for wholesale player replacement. It very well may be time to rotate the lineups and let some of the fresh players try to make things happen.

    JMHO.
     
    SiberianThunderT repped this.
  10. fortcollins

    fortcollins Member+

    St. Louis City SC
    Apr 12, 2006
    Fort Collins
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Match highlights and post-match press conference:


     

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