FC Dallas got a 2-0 home win against the struggling Philadelphia Union. The win sees FC Dallas as the lone remaining unbeaten team in MLS, and extends FCDs home unbeaten streak to 12 games, dating back to August 12, 2017. There were plenty of good performances for the team, with the biggest ones, coming off the bench.
For rating purposes, six is the rating used for an average MLS performance.
Jimmy Maurer (7.2) - Jimmy only had two saves in this match, but boy were they memorable:
Jimmy earned his third clean sheet for FCD, and earned a spot on the bench for MLS Team of the Week. Jimmy was practically floating on air, out of sheer excitement:
Matt Hedges (7.6) - Matt had a solid defensive match, but his performance will be best remembered for this play:
Matt finished the match with three tackles, three interceptions, two clearances, and four aerials won. good enough to earn him MLS Team of the Week:
Reto Ziegler (6.6) - Reto had a quiet, but solid match on Saturday. He finished the day with five clearances, three aerials won, and 79.3% passing accuracy.
Reggie Cannon (7.1) - Reggie continues to improve every week, and had another solid outing for FC Dallas. The Homegrown finished with four tackles, three interceptions, three clearances, two aerials won, drew three fouls, and had 85.7% passing accuracy.
Anton Nedyalkov (7.8) - Anton had his best day in a FC Dallas jersey. He finished with two tackles, a team-high five interceptions, four clearances, committed one foul, won four aerials, beat three players on the dribble, and had 85.7% passing accuracy.
Victor Ulloa (6.9) - Victor started his second match in a row, and had a solid, yet quiet match. The Wylie-native had one tackle, one clearance, one interception, won one aerial, had one key pass, beat one player on the dribble, and had 79.6% passing accuracy. Victor has been solid, and steady, but offers little going forward, so it’s hard to see him holding on to his starting spot much longer.
Jacori Hayes (7.6) - Jacori continues to be lights out, and this seasons breakout player. He had a team high five tackles, two interceptions, and committed two fouls (and one yellow card). Here’s some more defensive activity:
Jacori was also very active on offense, with one shot on goal, one key pass, he beat four defenders on the dribble, completed one cross attempt, and had 83.3% passing accuracy.
Michael Barrios (6.5) - Michael continues his struggles in the attacking third. He had two shots on goal, beat one defender on the dribble, he had 85.7% passing accuracy, but failed to connect on all eight of his cross attempts.
Santiago Mosquera (7.2) - Santi got his first MLS start this past Saturday, and while he failed to score, Morquera was a complete terror for the the Philadelphia Union defense:
Santi took seven shots (three on goal), he had two key passes, beat one defender on the dribble, whipped in four crosses (one completed), and had 80% passing accuracy. He started the match at left wing, but he smoothly overlapped with Lamah (who started at left forward), and was a consistent threat throughout his 60 minutes of action. It’s safe to say, that the fans want to see more of the teams new DP.
Roland Lamah (7.5)- Roland went from a player that many fans wished would be replaced in the starting line-up, to a player that fans can’t see FCD live without. Lamah continued his brilliant start to the season:
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Maxi Urruti connects with Roland Lamah and finds the back of the net in the 74th minute to extend the lead 2-0 against Philadelphia. #ChallengeAll pic.twitter.com/PHEWMbXpyV
Lamah got his three assist of the year, on Maxi’s match sealing goal. Lamah started at forward, and consistently overlapped with Mosquera on the left wing. Roland finished the match with one assist, five key passes, on 77.8% passing accuracy, one attempted cross, one shot (not on goal), he beat one defender on the dribble, and had two interceptions.
Cristian Colman (7.1) - Colman continues to play well, yet his lack of scoring has been frustrating. He had another fine start at forward, and while he failed to score yet again, he still gave Pareja plenty to chew on for next week in New York City. Colman finished with two shots on goal (on three attempts), three key passes, he beat one defender on the dribble, one interception, 70% passing accuracy, and he won a team leading six aerials.
Mauro Diaz (7.3), Man of the Match - Mauro came on in the 68th minute, and had such an impact on the match, that he gets the Man of the Match. Mauro earned the match winning goal on this PK:
Mauro finished the match with two shot attempts (one goal), one key pass, he beat three defenders on the dribble, and had 76.5% passing accuracy.
Maxi Urruti (6.9) - Urruti responded well to being benched for this match:
Urruti did very little else, outside of that goal, but it wasn’t necessary at that point.
Tesho Akindele (6.2) - Tesho came on to close out the match in the 78th minute, and actually pitched in on defense with two tackles.
Oscar Pareja (7.5) - Oscar saw his players pull off the teams best performance of the season. Pareja switched things up by benching his two best players, and finding a way to get Mosquera and Lamah on the field at the same time. Not only was this the teams best performance of the season, but it was also Pareja’s best decision making to date.