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Paul Arriola scored twice Saturday, lifting FC Dallas to a 3-1 win against Orlando City SC. Paul Arriola scored a brace, while Franco Jara added a goal and an assist, as visiting FC Dallas took control of the match after the break to beat an exhausted Orlando City SC 3-1 on Saturday.

Paul Arriola and Franco Jara scored goals within three minutes of each other at the start of the second half to give visiting FC Dallas a lead they would hold until the very end. Paul Arriola tied the game in the 67th on a Franco Jara assist, and FC Dallas (7-3-2) took the lead in the 70th when Jesus Ferreira fed Jara. Paul Arriola then iced the match in the 84th with a diving, floor-hugging goal past Orlando keeper Pedro Gallese.

It was more about mentality and intent, going out there and having that resolve to turn games around. We knew that Orlando was coming into this game, having played in a heatwave for 120 minutes midweek, and we knew how draining it could be. Still, we did not execute our game plan early on in the game—going down a goal and having that feeling from losing the past couple of games, itas all on your shoulders and all in your head.

The Seattle Sounders are a Seattle team that you would love to see become a championship-calibre side, and Schmetzer has his work cut out for him. It is important to note that the MLS teams are still the outsiders in claiming CONCACAF Champions League, but that gap is closing dramatically. The game-plan is the one that has been largely successful across leagues, but the challenge will be building capable teams as the more established rivals try to do the same. While it has been wonderful to see a lot of football-specific gems opened up across MLS in the last 15 years, the massive NFL-specific stadium worked very well. Weare a little more than a month into the 2022 MLS season, meaning that we are slowly gathering more info about players, teams, and a whole host of other aspects on the field for this league. The Seattle Sounders were justifiably prioritising CONCACAF Champions League, which led to a slow start to their MLS season.

Losing is also how it managed Seattle Sounders FC and some of the biggest stars in the league. Chicago Fire forward Xherdan Shaqiri is not just the most-paid player in MLS – he is responsible for an eye-popping 46% of the Fires wage bill. According to the MLS Players Association biannual list of salaries released, Chicago Fire ahead Xherdan Shaqiri is making $8.15 million in guaranteed compensation for 2022. Atlanta United is spending more than any other Major League Soccer club on wages, with Atlanta committed to almost $21 million of guaranteed remuneration for players in 2022.