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FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders: Player Ratings

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Several players stand out, in impressive victory.

MLS: Seattle Sounders at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas recorded their first win of the MLS season, with a 3-0 thumping of 10-man Seattle Sounders. It is no surprise then, that all the players on the field for FC Dallas, had a very fine game.

For rating purposes, six is the rating used for an average MLS performance.


Starters

Jimmy Maurer (6.9) - Jimmy looked very comfortable in his second MLS start. He’s the lowest rated starter, simply because he didn’t have much to deal with. Jimmy made three saves, earning his first clean sheet of the season, and currently ranks 4th in MLS with a Goals Against Average of 0.50.

Matt Hedges (7.4) - We finally got a glimpse of the old “MLS Defender of the Year” Matt Hedges. Granted, it was against a 10-man Seattle Sounders team, but he looked like his old fully in command self. Matt had one Interception, nine clearances, one blocked shot, and won three aerials. The team captain is one of the players that FC Dallas desperately needs to see get back in form, and this is a good start towards just that.

Rito Ziegler (7.5) - Rito continues his outstanding run of play for his new club. He looks so comfortable out there, that you’d swear he’s been manning that position for years. Rito had three interceptions, three clearances, and a team high four blocked shots. He was tied for most touches with 82, had 89.7% passing accuracy on 68 attempts, and even had one shot on goal.

Reggie Cannon (7.5) - Reggie continues to grow into his right back position, and had his best all around game in his fourth start for FC Dallas. On the defensive side of things, Reggie had one tackle, four interceptions, two clearances, one blocked shot, and three aerials won. On offense, Reggie had 87.5% passing accuracy on 48 attempts, and three crosses. He was more impressive on defense than on attack, but I think we’re all rather happy with that.

Anton Nedyalkov (7.0) - Finally back after missing two matches, Anton looked as good as could be expected. He was the opposite of Cannon, as he was more effective going forward, than defending. That being said, it looked to be by design, as Anton was given more free reign to push forward than Reggie in this match up. Anton had two tackles, one interception, and 2two clearances on defense. On offense, Anton looked great with his constant overlaps with Lamah. The Bulgarian Barbarian got his first assist of the season, had 85.7% passing accuracy, with one key pass, and three crosses.

Carlos Gruezo (7.0) - Gruezo was his normal hard working, dirty work doing self. Although, it must be said, that with Seattle down to only 10 men, Carlos had less dirty work to do than usual. With the Sounders down a man, Gruezo pushed forward more than we’re used to seeing. Carlos only had one tackle and two interceptions on defense, and on offense had 90.8% passing, with two crosses, and three shots taken.

Jacori Hayes (7.3) - Jacori had his second impressive outing in a row. He bossed the midfield, with a team leading five tackles, and one interception. Jacori also helped FC Dallas control the midfield with a team leading 95.7% passing accuracy on 43 attempts, with one key pass, and he also beat two defenders on the dribble. Jacory only played 67 minutes, but it’s already clear that he will be very hard to keep out of the starting lineup as the season progresses.

Michael Barrios (7.2) - Michael continues to be the most disruptive player on the field for FC Dallas. He was a match up nightmare for Seattle, and his incredible pace lead to the first goal:

Barrios only had one shot on goal, but it was memorable:

Michael had three key passes, four crosses, and 74.3% passing accuracy.

Mauro Diaz (7.2) - Mauro continues to get the fans excited with his play on the field. With Mauro pulling the strings on offense, FC Dallas has generated an astounding 35 shots on goal in their first two MLS matches. Mauro looked good yet again as he had four shots on goal, two key passes, beat three defenders on the dribble, was fouled four times, had a team leading 82 touches, and 78.3% passing accuracy.

Roland Lamah (9.1), Man of the Match- Roland had himself a special day, one of those days that drive you mad, wondering why he doesn’t do this week in and week out. Rolands time in FC Dallas, has shown him to be a streaky player, a player who when he’s on, there simply is no stopping him. That was the case against Seattle, Lamah struck in the 19th minute, off a Barrios magnificent run and pass:

Roland would later add an assist on the Urruti goal, and would close the show soon after:

Roland would finish with two goals, and an assist on the day. He only had three shots on goal, two key passes, four crosses, 79.3% passing accuracy on 29 attempts, and pitched in on defense with two defensive actions.

Maxi Urruti (8.2) - You could argue that had it not been for Lamah’s performance, Urruti was the best player on the field. Urruti scored his first goal of the MLS season in the second half:

Maxi simply unleashed a barrage of shots on the Sounders, with a team leading 7 shots on goal. Maxi also had 81% passing accuracy, with three key passes, and beat one player on the dribble.


Subs:

Paxton Pomykal (6.5) - Pax came on in the 67th minute, and had the kind of performance that should garner him more playing time. Pax was perfect on his 13 passes, beat one player on the dribble, had one cross, made three defensive actions, and forced the Sounders to foul him once to prevent a breakaway.

Santiago Mosquera (5.9) - Santi came on in the 79th minute to finish out the match, and had no impact on the field.

Cristian Colman (6.1) - Like Santi, he came on to finish out the match.


Coach:

Oscar Pareja (7.0) - Oscars biggest decisions were made before the start of the match, when he replaced last minute scratch Ulloa, in the starting lineup with Hayes. Also opting to start Lamah instead of Santi, proved a wise decision. His best decision of the match, was giving Paxton playing time once the match was no longer competitive.