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FC Dallas vs. Orlando City SC: Player Ratings

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The expected deluge of goals did not materialize, but a solid victory was delivered. Good ratings for everyone, or just a few?

MLS: Orlando City SC at FC Dallas Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas continued it’s march into the postseason with a 2-0 victory over Orlando City SC.

For rating purposes, 6 is the rating given for an average MLS performance.


Man of the Match

Jesse Gonzalez (7.6) - Jesse has had his ups and his downs all season, and had been getting results despite not looking his best. Look his best, is exactly what Jesse did against Orlando. Jesse had five huge saves, and none was bigger than this one:

Jesse has now put together excellent back to back starts, and looks to be getting in top form, just in time for the playoffs.


Starters

Matt Hedges (7.5) - Hedges continues to quietly have an "MLS Defensive Player of the Year" type of season. He had another excellent defensive showing, ending the match with three tackles, two interceptions, four clearances, four aerials won, and 86% passing accuracy.

Ryan Hollingshead (6.8) - Ryan got the start at lefttback, in anticipation that he will start at rightback against DCU this weekend. The idea being that he gets a couple of weeks with the first team, so that he is fully up to game speed against DCU. Hollingshead was played in a more advanced wingback role, and was rock solid in his performance. He only finished with two tackles, one clearance, and two aerials won on defense. On offense, he had a very tidy 83.9% passing, with one key pass.

Reggie Cannon (6.9) - Reggie played in an even more advanced role than Hollingshead, as he spent the majority of the match in the attacking third. He finished with three clearances, and one tackle on defense. On offense he had one key pass, beat one defender on the dribble, drew three fouls, and 92.3% passing accuracy.

Carlos Gruezo (6.9) - Carlos had an excellent night for FCD, leading the team with five tackles on defense, and finishing with a team leading 93.4% passing accuracy.

Victor Ulloa( 7.5) - Another fine all around performance by Ulloa, who became just the 7th homegrown to tally more than 10,000 minutes in league play. So how do you celebrate reaching the 10k milestone? This is how you do it:

Pablo Aranguiz (6.4) - Pablo got the start, but was lined up on the left wing. Pablo struggled to get involved in the attack, with only one shot on goal, and just 18 pass attempts. Pablo finished with 77.8% passing accuracy, before being subbed off in the 56th minute. At this point, it’s all about getting Pablo minutes with the first team, so not a bad performance in that regard.

Michael Barrios (7.3) - Michael continues his scintillating run of form, getting an assist on the opening goal. The assist, is Michael’s fourth assist to go along with six goals, in his last 11 matches played. Michael finished with one assist, one shot on goal, three key passes, one aerial won, beat one defender on the dribble, he pitched in with three defensive actions, and 86.7% passing accuracy.

Maximiliano Urruti (7.2) - Any While everyone is talking about the excellent run of form by Barrios, Maxi has quietly elevated his form as well. Maxi had an assist on the Ulloa goal, and now has four assists and one goal in his last six matches. he finished with three shot attempts (none on goal), three key passes, beat one defender on the dribble, drew three fouls, completed two crosses on eight attempts, and finished with 73.3% passing accuracy.

Dominique Badji (6.4) - Badji really did nothing to make people forget the loss of Cristian Colman, as he continues to struggle to fit into the attack. Badji only managed 18 touches on the ball, one shot attempt (not on goal), three aerials won, and a paltry 45.5% passing accuracy.


Bench

Santiago Mosquera (7.0) - Santiago entered the match in the 56th minute, replacing Pablo Aranguiz, and made an instant impact:

Mosquera finished with one goal, two shot attempts (one on goal), and 84.6% passing accuracy.

The game winner is Mosquera’s fifth goal in his last six matches played, giving FCD three attackers (Barrios and Urruti the others) who are firing on all cylinders.

Roland Lamah (6.4) - FCD was already up 2-0 by the time that Lamah entered, and were simply looking to kill the game.

Abel Aguilar (6.1) - Abel “The Closer” Aguilar. Once he enters a match, you might as well start heading to the exits, cause the match is officially over.


Coach

Oscar Pareja (7.3) - Not the sexiest of victories, but a very workman-like performance that sees FCD continue to finish the season on a strong run of form. Pareja makes the right adjustments with his first sub, and the rest takes care of itself.