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Friday, April 27, 2012
Much to like about Jonathan Top's MLS debut

By Todd Date

While Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake carried a big downer with it as versatile Panamanian Carlos Rodriguez suffered a brutal dislocated left elbow and will now be out for the next two to four weeks, that tie also carried with it several positives.  For one, Jackson made his 2012 debut for FCD the same day that he returned from his native Brazil, coming on as an injury replacement for Rodriguez.

But another great story out of that deadlock was the MLS debut of FCD homegrown forward Jonathan Top, who also came on in the 68th minute for Scott Sealy, who made his first start for Dallas up top in the wake of Basl Perez’s one-game suspension.

Top didn’t log a shot in his first 22 minutes with the first team, but those numbers can be deceiving according to FCD gaffer Schellas Hyndman. “I thought he did great. I thought he did really, really well. When I looked at the video and when I looked at the match analysis on Tango, his stats don’t look real good,” he said. “He gave a lot of balls away and that’s not an abnormal thing for forwards.”

Hyndman added: “It’s hard for them to keep the possession. They’re under a lot more pressure, a lot more time restraint and usually very limited space when you’re getting close to the opponent’s end. So it’s not unusual for them to be turning balls over but I really thought that he tried to do the right things. He was very active on both sides of the ball. He was making runs, getting open and then I thought he was the first man on defense. So I thought he did very well for his first time out.”