Now that the first game of the season is in the books, it is time to dive into handing out some game grades.
We're going to do things a little differently this year with our game grades/ratings/scores/etc., in that we'll offer up what we're thinking each FC Dallas player deserved but also to allow you to give your own ratings as well. We urge you to share your ratings in the comments below.
Here is a key to the standard 1-10 scale.
7. Very good
10. World Class
Here we go:
Chris Seitz - 6
Aside from one or two key stops early in this game, Seitz really didn't have a ton to do in this one. I think his grade is still high though for that great save he made early in the match on a bad turnover by Matt Hedges.
Moises Hernandez - 7
The more I watched Saturday night's game back, the more I was impressed with Mo and his ability to close down things on the wing. He didn't put Hedges in many bad spots centrally and he worked well with his winger up the field to help facilitate the attack.
Matt Hedges - 7
The early turnover was possibly just some nerves but overall the club captain had a very good game to begin the year. I also noticed a couple times where he would get in San Jose players faces. Basically he proved yet again to me why he was named captain with the type of leadership and passion he showed on Saturday night.
Zach Loyd - 9
He's so calm on the ball in the middle of the field. It is rather impressive considering the fact that I he had a lot of shaky moments a couple years ago at right back. He's really coming into his own as a center back and I can't help but think that this is his position for the future.
Atiba Harris - 4
I may be a little higher than most people on Harris but looking back he did have a couple decent moments that helps move the needle for me a bit. I said it yesterday that he is a work in progress at right back and this was a good team for him to get minutes in this new position against.
Fabian Castillo - 6
His speed and skill on the ball is still impressive to watch but more and more we're seeing his growth as a player and person on the field. He still has some work to do on the finishing side of things but I will chalk that up to the early season jitters.
Victor Ulloa - 8
Solid as a rock. There really isn't a ton to say about him that I haven't already.
Mauro Diaz - 5
He didn't get a ton of the ball in the first half like we would have liked but that may have been due to adjusting to a four-man midfield. Still, he was more active in the second half. Now if he could only get some of his dead balls over the wall, FCD may have been in business much earlier in the match.
Ryan Hollingshead - 6
Another solid outing for Hollingshead at right midfield. I would have liked to seen a little more movement out of him in switching the field with Castillo and Tesho Akindele but he was having to help pitch in on that sideline with Harris on the night.
Tesho Akindele - 6
He was very unlucky not to have a goal or two in this one. The shot he took midway through the second half just missed the post. His movement with Castillo was good to see as well. He may have started out on the left side of the midfield with Castillo up top, but moving back up top with Perez just felt natural in the second half which lead to more chances on goal.
Blas Perez - 7
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Perez was impressive on the night for me as he didn't look for the foul like he typically would on the field and he didn't argue a ton with the official. A bit of growth maybe in that department?
Oscar Pareja - 8
Sometimes I wonder why he waits as long as he does to sub a guy but it always seems to work out in the end for him.
Michael Barrios - 5
A good first introduction to Barrios. He whiffed on his first attempt which may have been just some jitters but he drew some key free kicks and had a couple solid crosses. Also, the dude is quick. I think we'll like him more than we did with Andres Escobar
Michel - Incomplete
Hard to judge too much from his six or so minutes on the field. Still, his service was missing during the game which may say something.
Walker Zimmerman - Incomplete
Some may have question why he went in late but it was more about getting another big body on the field for a set piece. Kudos to Pareja for going that direction.
Now it is your chance: