When FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar gave his side a 1-0 lead off a scintillating free kick that befuddled Sporting Kansas City in the first half of Sunday night’s at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, it was truly a thing of beauty. It was also an excellent example of a veteran player who saw a hole in the KC wall and took full advantage of it.
That’s exactly how FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman saw it from his vantage point on the Dallas bench.
“Ricardo’s one of those guys who is a very technical player, but more importantly is probably his soccer intelligence. His decision making is really very good. On that free kick, the wall was designed in such a way that the goalie couldn’t see the ball. That’s why when the ball was struck there was nobody moving. It got in the back of the net and all the goalie did was just look at it go in, so he struck it well,” Hyndman said. “Those are the types of things you don’t expect a young player to figure out. You’ve got to be in the game for a while to have that intelligence.”