In Dallas, the Quakes opened up their 2024 season against a talented Dallas side. When Kikanović opened things up for the Quakes, the vibes couldn’t have been better. Instead, in a manner similar to last season, the team allowed Dallas to outplay them and win.


Fans hoped all offseason that the team would actually look improved. For the most part, the team looked good, but their collapse concerned those watching.

Starting with the positives, Kikanović carried the offense and constantly looked to punish the Dallas backline. Skahan looked good as well, replacing Monteiro without skipping a beat. Additionally, the subs made by Luchi worked well and matched the flow of the game.

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There are plenty of concerns that must be addressed. Ebobisse struggled to make any impact despite his teammates looking for him. After the Quakes goal, Dallas overran the midfield and pushed the team deeper. The collapse reflects the way the team continues to lower their standard of play when leading.

Last year’s end to the season disappointed fans and things needed to be different to inspire fans. It’s only the first game, so perhaps this is an overreaction, but this game did nothing to calm nerves.


To be fair to Luchi and the team, there are things to like about this performance. From the attacking options to Luchi’s choices, there is a foundation of success here.

After spending much of last season on the bench, Kikanović could have regressed. However, over the course of the preseason, he made his case to play a larger role. With his opening goal, Kikanović repaid the trust placed in him.

It wasn’t just the scoring that helped Kikanović stand out. Every ball launched to the forwards seemed to be chased down by him. He constantly caught Dallas sleeping and pulled them apart, opening more space for his teammates.

Another player who stood out was Skahan in the Monteiro role. His control in close space and final passes pushed the attack to another level. 

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Luchi spent most of last season struggling with substitutions, either making moves way too late or falling on the same patterns. The one move that really showed his change was pulling Ebobisse for Judd. Ebobisse spent the night struggling to make an impact, so Luchi rolled the dice to try something new.

Even if it didn’t work out for the Quakes, this move came at the right time for a team needing a fresh approach up top. Luchi used all his subs to try to get something from the attack while giving all new players a chance. It would have  been nice to see Bouda play, but Luchi’s moves made sense.

A loss is never the result fans want, but this result isn’t the end of the world. The attack looked good and Luchi had a fine game.


In what has to be PTSD for fans, last year’s team came out for the second half. Ebobisse disappeared, the midfield got overrun and the team collapsed mentally.

Ebobisse needed to be the Quakes’ focal point offensively this season for them to have a shot. Dallas’ defense kept him out of the game completely. Every chance was snuffed out with the striker failing to find any connection.

To be fair to Ebobisse, the focus placed on him did open the game for his teammates. However, the hallmark of any good striker is to find ways to score despite that. This is by far the biggest hole in Ebobisse’s game.

Outside of Skahan, the midfield struggled to dominate, ceding control to Dallas. Yueill had some good moments, but was forced to cover too much ground. Gruezo offered almost nothing and was constantly caught out of position.

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After Kikanović’s goal, every fan watching both feared and anticipated what was going to come next. Leading half way through the first half, the team couldn’t find any  more clear cut opportunities, as  Dallas cut them apart.

Instead of looking to kill off the game, the team is too quick to concede control to their opponents. This just forces the team to play from the back, despite the fact that they are leading. There’s just no confidence in their ability to hold onto a lead.

To anyone who watched this team play last year, it’s beyond annoying to see them repeat the same mistakes. Again, this is just the first game, but you can’t start the season making the same mistakes over and over again.

Saturday’s game promised to be the chance for the Quakes to take MLS by surprise in 2024. Instead, despite some improvements, they played like last year’s side. Unfortunately for the Quakes, it doesn’t get easier from here, so they need to show something soon.


Player and Manager Ratings:

GK– Daniel- 6

DF– Akapo- 6

DF– Beason- 5

DF– Rodrigues- 7

DF– Marie- 6

MD– Gruezo- 5

MD– Yueill- 6

MD– Skahan- 7

FW– Kikanović- 8

FW– Ebobisse- 5

FW– Espinoza- 7

 

Subs:

Judd- 6

Vítor Costa- 7

Pellegrino- N/A

Morales- N/A

Baldisimo- N/A

 

Manager

Luchi- 7

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