Monday, May 21, 2012
Bryan Leyva's performance one of few bright spots
By Todd Date
Another game for FC Dallas and yet another less than favorable result, but if there was one silver lining to come out of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Union, it was the performance of Bryan Leyva in the third start of his career at left mid.
Leyva got his first career assist, delivering a great ball on a corner kick seven minutes in that first found the head of George John and then Blas Perez, who finished nicely for his team-leading fourth goal of the year.
Dallas gaffer Schellas Hyndman didn’t have many good things to say after seeing his club blow a 1-0 lead for the fourth time in their last seven games, but he did heap some praise on the young shoulders of his pacey midfielder.
“What a nice performance for Bryan Leyva, a player that was coming along for us, picked up an injury and now he’s coming back, getting his rhythm and getting in with the team,” Hyndman said. “I thought he played very well. I thought he was composed. I thought he was able to get some very good passes. He’s a player that if he can continue to get more and more playing time, he could very well compete for a starting position on this team.”
Leyva had yet to speak with his coach but admitted in the locker room postgame that it felt good to be able to contribute after getting several starts in March only to be sidelined by several injuries.
“I haven’t talked to Schellas other than when he walked by and said that I had played well. I felt great,” he said. “It was my first game back since I injured my ankle. It did not give me any trouble during the game. I hope I can continue to play and contribute to this team.”
The homegrown talent was only in the first 11 because Brek Shea was serving the first of a three-game suspension and Fabian Castillo was out with an ankle injury. Castillo could return for this Wednesday’s tilt at Chicago, but why not leave Leyva in for the next few games and see what this kid has?