FC Dallas thought they had managed a win against the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday, but a late goal by the Earthquakes made it feel like a loss. Many FC Dallas fans were left uncertain whether to feel happy with a road draw or discouraged by another loss handed to Dallas late. The players of FC Dallas played a hard fought battle, but were hardly at their best. Several players are still looking to step up and earn their places on the team, like Roland Lamah, Cristian Colman, Atiba Harris, Jesse Gonzalez, and Maynor Figueroa. Here’s how they and the rest of the team did against San Jose:
Jesse Gonzalez: B-
Jesse Gonzalez' save on Wondolowski in the first half was phenomenal. After that though, he made several mistakes. After being played a back pass, Jesse had a shaky giveaway after allowing Chris Wondolowski to close in on him instead of getting rid of the ball quicker. There was also a ball in the air that he should have punched out of bounds, but instead he allowed it to careen off the crossbar and back into the danger zone. While San Jose's goal was not exclusively Jesse's fault, he probably could've made the save on a pretty weak shot.
Atiba Harris: C
Originally, I thought Atiba had a horrendous ninety minutes worthy of a grade mark of an F, but after re-watching the game, he was actually not quite as bad as I had remembered. Even so, his passing was not perfectly clean and he didn't offer much in the attack. Atiba's worst mistake was his missed clearance that led to San Jose's goal.
Matt Hedges: A-
The backline was held firm by Hedges most of the night with a limited amount of miscommunication and error. He was often winning the ball both on the ground and in the air.
Walker Zimmerman: A-
Zimmerman also had a tidy night. Like Hedges, he won the ball with great step-ins and headers. The two at the back didn't allow much to happen near their goal.
Maynor Figueroa: A
There weren't many problems down Figueroa's side of the field. He marked the attackers well and limited their space if they had the ball. He also chipped in wonderful crosses and switch plays and was never caught too high up the field.
Roland Lamah: C+
Lamah disappeared most of the game in his sixty-six minute shift. His two main attacking contributions were a well-played ground cross to Colmán and a breakaway in which he made a good run, but failed to finish past David Bingham, San Jose's keeper. Other than those two plays, Lamah didn't do much offensively or defensively.
Carlos Gruezo: B
FC Dallas' game plan was not to possess the ball at the back, it was to counterattack hard and get the ball onto San Jose's half of the field immediately. This meant Gruezo didn't have much to do on the ball in this game, he just needed to defend and limit San Jose’s space and time in the middle of the field. Which he did, for the most part.
Kellyn Acosta: B+
Acosta had a little bit more time on the ball because he was in a more advanced position than Gruezo. On his goal, I don't know how he got the ball into the back of the net and if it was deflected by a defender or not, but somehow he got it in, so good for him for notching another goal. He got himself into the position and got the job done. His passing was great at times, but at others it was sloppy.
Michael Barrios: B-
Barrios caused the San Jose defense to scramble several times, but he wasn't as lethal in the final third as he usually is.
Maxi Urruti: B-
Urruti was active, but his pass timing was off when he was on breakaways. There were two different occasions when he was rushing forward but missed his window of opportunity to play the ball to Cristian Colmán, who was open.
Cristian Colmán: B
Even though he couldn't finish, Colmán got himself into dangerous positions and drew defenders towards him. He was working hard and was the driving force of the Dallas attack in the first half.
Coach Oscar Pareja: A
The decision to counterattack instead of possess the ball was a good one by Pareja. FC Dallas probably wouldn't have had much success with the ball in the middle of the field against Godoy and Ceren.
Tesho Akindele (Colmán, 57'): B
Akindele kept the shape and tempo of the team, but didn't provide any chances at goal.
Javier Morales (Lamah, 66'): B
Morales got the ball to Urruti on the setup to Acosta's goal. After the goal, FCD needed to defend, which is not Morales' specialty.
Victor Ulloa (Barrios, 79'): B+
After his injury, Ulloa is getting back to match fitness. In his short shift, he made a clearance or two. He almost got in on goal, but Urruti got called for a handball before he played it through to Ulloa. It's great to have Victor back and getting minutes for Dallas.
FC Dallas is still undefeated in the regular season after two home games and three away. Victor Ulloa is just getting back from injury, and Anibal Chala and Ryan Hollingshead appear to be next. Once Mauro Diaz is back, this team could look very different and go to a whole new level.
What are your thoughts about FC Dallas’ performance in San Jose? Are any of these grades incorrect? Who, if any, should be changed out of the lineup for next week’s game against Sporting KC? Who deserves to stay? Share your opinions down below in the comments section.