FRISCO, Texas – The relief was evident on midfielder Bobby Warshaw’s face after FC Dallas’ 3-3 draw with Mexico’s Club León on Sunday night. It’s been a long summer for Warshaw, who broke his foot in a reserve game on May 1 and has found playing time non-existent since returning to training nearly two months ago.
“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a long couple of months,” Warshaw said after the international friendly. “To watch the team sheet come out every week and not be on it sucks. It felt good to get out there again, to be on the team and be a part of it again.”
It’s not as if Warshaw wasn’t getting playing time before his injury. The second-year man from Stanford started the two previous MLS games before getting hurt in May, but it’s been a long road back as he tries to work his way into a packed midfield.
He certainly didn’t do himself any harm on Sunday, flicking in Matías Jara’s header for an 83rd-minute FCD equalizer.
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“It feels good, I can’t sugarcoat it at all,” Warshaw said of the goal. “It feels good.”
It was a party atmosphere among the nearly 10,000 at FC Dallas Stadium on Sunday night and that certainly extended to the pitch during the penalty-kick shootout to decide the winner between FCD and their Mexican counterparts.
Jair Benítez, never one to shy away from the spotlight, got things started with a cheeky dance after burying his PK. León midfielder José Vázquez responded with a back flip after his made penalty, prompting an even better back flip from FCD midfielder Bruno Guarda after his PK goal.
“I thought it was great,” Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said about the celebrations. “It brought back memories of my days. I didn’t know Bruno could do that, so it was very well done. I’m glad he made the PK before he did it, though."