Blas Perez, who has 78 career starts for FC Dallas in the regular season, had been left out of tonight’s starting line-up for FC Dallas’ match against Real Salt Lake. He was available off the bench however, and made an appearance as a substitute in the second half. There are a few theories as to why Perez has been left out of the starting eleven, and they range all the way from form, down to dissent to officials.
Early on in the match against Real Salt Lake, it seemed David Texeira was the smart call over Perez. Perez’s performance last weekend was not enough to win his starting job back, as he only mustered one shot (none on target,) and was subbed off after 58 minutes of play.
Perez tried to play creator, as opposed to striker. Texeira did his job as a striker.
“We wanted to spark something,” Pareja said. “I wanted to give the opprotunity to someone else and Teixeira and Tesho did a great job on that part. I knew with them, they could stretch Salt Lake and find more space for Mikey (Michael Barrios) and Fabian (Castillo).”
Perez has also received a red card this season, and two yellow cards in part to dissent to an official. He is well known for his vocal presence on the field, and is not afraid to let his feelings show. Those feelings however, sometimes get in the way of playing his game the right way, something we saw against Vancouver last weekend and on multiple occasions this season. That has to play a big part in head coach Oscar Pareja deciding to sit Perez for the second time in four matches.
Perez made the most of his minutes off the bench, making an immediate impact after checking in. Perez cleared a Real Salt Lake corner with his first touch of the match, and not long after that, came within inches of scoring after a beautiful FC Dallas counter attack.