FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo: USOC Game Grades

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Beating Houston is always sweet no matter what. Beating them IN Houston? Even better! Let's take a look at the team's individual performances.

Starting XI

Chris Seitz - 6

Really bailed his backline out big time. I don't know that I've ever seen more punches from him. He should have done much better on the Cummings goal but it could have easily been a loss had he not stepped up for the Hoops, especially in the second half.

Je-Vaughn Watson - 7

The sign of a team player is when they can step up to help their team no matter what. Watson has done that admirably while helping out at RB. He was effective when in defense and looked dangerous the few times he pushed up into the attack. The backline was shaky at times last night but rarely on the right side of the field.

Stephen Keel - 5

The defense got very lucky that Houston, for large stretches, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. Keel is the guy you would expect to help keep them together and he wasn't very successful on the night. That said Keel was playing with a patchwork backline and in the end the team got the win.

Zach Loyd - 5

While very scrappy in the first half Loyd faded from half time on. In fact on the second Houston goal Omar Cummings absolutely burned Loyd. While not in his normal outside back position he should have done better.

Moises Hernandez - 4

Like Loyd had a good first half but the last 25 minutes of regulation on he was incredibly sloppy. He was very lucky not to give up a goal on one of his (what seemed like many) turnovers in the second half/ET. Credit has to go to him though for his wonder strike from distance late in the match. If not for an equally amazing save by Tally Hall it could have been goal of the tournament.

Adam Moffat - 6

A good performance from the former Dynamo man. Last time FCD met the Dynamo Moffat didn't last long at all so it was nice to see a solid performance from him. The battle between him and Creavalle (former teammates at that) was a blast to watch. Had a few WTF moments but overall a nice outing.

Victor Ulloa - 6

The guy just plugs away and has become an absolute stalwart in the midfield for FC Dallas. Like everyone he clearly felt the effects of the heat but powered through it and helped the squad wrap up a nice win in the swamp.

Fabian Castillo - 8

I hope this fire that's been lit under his ass keeps on burning. Even as other players faded away due to the intense humidity of the Texas armpit, Castillo kept motoring through at top speed. If not for an outstanding performance from Tally Hall he could easily have had a hat trick.

Andres Escobar -7

How much fun is the Escobar/Castillo partnership to watch? While he's still figuring things out at FCD he's beginning to really gel with this squad and show his worth. I'm pretty sure he broke the laws of physics with his goal. How the hell does a ball move that many directions in that short of time?!?

Tesho Akindele - 8

Another player who continues to improve with every minute he gets on the pitch. His speed helps cover up the holes that have developed in Blas' game this year. The three headed speed monster (yeah it needs some work) of Akindele/Escobar/Castillo is such a nightmare for opposing defenses. Even after he had nothing left in the tank, or at least appeared to have nothing left, his spin move and finish for the game winner was sublime.

Blas Perez - 3

It's time we have a serious talk about Blas. Not really sure what's wrong with him this season but something seems off. Age? Heat? Injury? No idea what's wrong but he needs to get it figured out for this team to make a deep run (in MLS and in USOC). And no more taking PK's  for you sir. No more.

Oscar Pareja - 7

This weird 4-2-2-2 thing he has hatched is working. He's definitely putting his mark on this team and it's starting to pay off. Even with injuries, and suspensions, OP finds a way to put this squad in a position to be successful.

Off The Bench

Peter Luccin - 7

Where has this Luccin been this year?!? His veteran presence was calming and much needed when he subbed in.  He took control of the midfield and played spectacularly. I really wish we could have seen what he would have been last year without his injury.

Andrew Jacobson - 3

He did play right? I mean the box score said he subbed on....

Jair Benitez - 6

May have been subbed on a little late but added a nice spark off the bench and helped to wear out a Dynamo team that played in that heat like they were a Canadian team. Jair is such an enigma for this team. It's crazy to think that he's been on this squad longer than any other player.

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