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FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders: Game grades

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It has been a while since we dived into player ratings.

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Starting XI

Raul Fernandez - 8

Very impressive performance after being out two games. The communication in the box seemed good as well. I still don't know if I like him going forward as the number one keeper for this club, part of me leans more towards Chris Seitz but that will be a topic for another day.

Moises Hernandez - 6

At times Mo is great. He is in space where he needs to be an defends well. But at other times he has reckless challenges, one included the foul on Marco Pappa that led to the free kick Seattle scored on. Still, I have to believe he is the future player for this club in this position.

Zach Loyd - 8

I'm only knocking him a couple points for some bad passes but other than that he was a rock star on Sunday night at locking down Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. While his true position is at full back, you really wouldn't know it by looking at hime as a center back in this defense.

Matt Hedges - 8

Like I mentioned in the daily links, he is proving time and time again why he was named captain of this team.

Je-Vaughn Watson - 6

Looking back at the film in this game, Watson had some really strong moments going forward but also some not-so great moments in defense and in his passing. Otherwise he worked hard and continued to prove why I think right back is his new preferred position.

Michel - 4

It seems low but that is more so for finishing the penalty kick. His passing as of late has been back to the old Michel that was a turnover machine. But more importantly, his set piece taking has been dreadful for about a month.

Victor Ulloa - 7

He continues to earn more and more respect from players and fans around the league. I got messages from friends on the East coast after this game telling me how much they liked watching him play. Maybe he is slowly becoming out version of Osvaldo Alonso. If that is the case, I think that is a very good thing.

Andres Escobar - 5

He got the foul that caused the penalty but really for the other large part of the game he was a non-factor. I think his fitness is still an issue here too.

Tesho Akindele - 6

Dealing with DeAndre Yedlin on the wings was never going to be an easy task but he fought well against him. I would have liked to see him push more towards goal though in this one. Something to definitely work at for the second leg.

Blas Perez - 4

This guy has practically disappeared when the club has needed him the most. Yes, he continues to work like a beast off the ball but not getting any more than one shot in the game doesn't help either.

Fabian Castillo - 4

You can tell he is carrying an injury as he was definitely slowed down by the Sounders. I'm not sure if putting him up top with Perez was the right move on Oscar Pareja's part either but I did like seeing him move around enough in this one to keep the Sounder defense guessing.

Oscar Pareja - 7

I'll commend him for the tactical changes he made from Wednesday to Sunday here. Changing up the defense again was smart and it paid off. I'll also give him some props for not making a sub until late either. There is something to be said about a manager that has a gut feeling that something could pay off if he doesn't change the flow of how the team was doing in the second half. Not to mention, his options off the bench were very, very thin.

Subsitutions

David Texeira - N/A

Didn't come on until super late, so no grade worth giving.