FC Dallas stayed undefeated and now has fourteen points out of a possible eighteen. Oscar Pareja decided to shake up the lineup against Sporting Kansas City, going with Javier Morales in the center of the field and starting Tesho Akindele. The FC Dallas defense put on a wonderful display, but offensively FC Dallas could have been a bit more lethal.
Jesse Gonzales: A
The FC Dallas defense allowed only one shot on target, which Jesse Gonzales saved.
Maynor Figueroa: A
Figueroa had another tremendous game. He was mostly in position defensively, covering to allow Grana to push forward into the attack. Figueroa made his decisions wisely, and when FC Dallas was willing to risk a little bit more to get a goal, Figueroa got into a brilliant position in the box to head Barrios' cross into the back of goal.
Walker Zimmerman: A
Zimmerman did his task of not letting Dom Dwyer and SKC's attackers to get space in the defensive third.
Matt Hedges: A+
Hedges again showed why he deserves to be a part of the USMNT. Hedges gave Kansas difficulty in creating any kinds of danger to Dallas. When the ball was played to a Kansas attacker up the field towards Jesse Gonzales' goal, Hedges was often there to strongly step in and relieve pressure. He was strong in pretty much every aspect of his game.
Hernan Grana: B+
There were a couple times he lost possession in his own half of the field dangerously in the first half. Many of his crosses were off-target, but he had some dangerous balls put into the penalty area as well. Grana understands his role well and has the stamina and hustle to get himself all across the field for ninety minutes.
Roland Lamah: B
This game was a huge improvement from games past for Lamah. He got himself into much more dangerous positions, even if he couldn't finish off his chances or play the ball through to Urruti a little bit sooner. Lamah wasn't excellent in defense, but he at least showed more defensive capabilities than could be proved by an FC Dallas fan before this match.
Carlos Gruezo: A+
The job of FCD's backline was made easier by their central midfield duo, Acosta and Gruezo. Kansas attackers were rarely able to dribble at the backline or get the ball in worrying spots for Dallas. Even in a game where FC Dallas was pushing numbers up the field, Gruezo made sure that Hedges or Zimmerman were never left isolated with an attacker. Gruezo made KC try to force the ball up the field, which is exactly what Hedges and Zimmerman wanted. Gruezo was also clean in possession and forced several Kansas turnovers.
Kellyn Acosta: B+
The first half of Acosta's game was not great, but his second half was different. Acosta was dominating the pitch in the second half by winning balls, covering the backline, and stretching the field with his passes.
Javier Morales: B-
Morales didn't impress as much in this game as in his previous ones. He was put in the lineup for his ability to read the game and make passes to create scoring opportunities, and he didn't do much of that.
Tesho Akindele: C
Akindele was given the opportunity to show why he should be starting on the wing. He was unable to provide threatening chances for himself or for teammates. To be fair, I don't believe that winger is his best position, and he generally plays better as a second striker.
Maxi Urruti: A-
Another tireless display from FC Dallas' front man. Urruti's determination continues to drive this team. He took plenty of shots and caused some havoc to the Kansas defense. Urruti's acrobatic shot was somewhat close to getting past Melia, and his chipped finish would've been great if he hadn't been offside.
Coach Oscar Pareja: A+
Pareja set up his players for success in this one. The Kansas attack wasn't even close to scoring a goal, and an FC Dallas goal seemed bound to come. Barrios off the bench worked again, and Lamah looked at least better on the right side than on the left.
Michael Barrios (Akindele, 71'): A
Barrios provided a spark off the bench by coming on and assisting the only goal of the night.
Victor Ulloa (Morales, 84') and Atiba Harris (Lamah, 85'): N/A
These two came in late when the result was almost sealed and didn't have much action.
Construction Worker: A
He didn't have to retrieve any balls this time, but the construction itself looked good, and he's got another shutout under his belt and another home win. The results speak for themselves!
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