FC Dallas travelled to expansion side Los Angeles FC, and came away with a hard fought 1-1 draw. FC Dallas didn’t exactly shine across the board, but they did look very well prepared. The team had to dodge several bullets to get the point, but there’s nothing wrong with a little luck.
For rating purposes, six is the rating used for an average MLS performance.
Jimmy Maurer (6.8) - Jimmy continues to solidify his hold on the starting goalkeeper spot. Jimmy allowed one goal, and made three saves, to help FC Dallas earn a big road point.
Matt Hedges (6.5) - Matt had another solid match, but sees his rating brought down by a receiving a yellow card. He finished with two tackles, one interception, six clearances, and 91.2% passing.
Reto Ziegler (7.0) - Reto had what could be considered a bounce-back game. He had a very strong game, and was big down the stretch. Ziegler finished with two tackles, three interceptions, four clearances, one blocked shot, one aerial won, and 77.5% passing.
Reggie Cannon (6.4) - Reggie continues his solid play at right back. He finished with three tackles, three interceptions and 78.8% passing.
Anton Nedyalkov (6.8) - Anton continues his solid season for FCD. He had two tackles, one interception, three clearances, and two aerials won on defense. On offense, Anton had 86.2% passing, two cross attempts, beat two defenders on the dribble, and one shot attempt.
Victor Ulloa (6.0) - Victor had four tackles, one clearance, one blocked shot, committed two fouls (1 yellow card), and 71.4% passing accuracy in 43 minutes. Despite the decent looking stats, it was clear that something was wrong with Ulloa. His yellow card was a clear indication that he was fading fast, and nobody was surprised that he was subbed off before the end of the first half.
Carlos Gruezo (6.6) - After struggling for several games, Carlos finally started showing signs of getting back to his old self. Carlos finished with two tackles, four interception, and 83% passing accuracy. This was not what we’re used to seeing from Carlos, but it’s a good start.
Roland Lamah (7.0)- Roland continues his excellent play on the left wing. While he wasn’t involved in the goal for FCD, he was very effective for his entire 78 minutes of play. Roland has tended to disappear during road games, but that was not the case this time around. Roland finished with 87.5% passing, two key passes, he beat four defenders off the dribble, and drew two fouls. He even pitched in on defense, with one tackle, one interception, and two clearances.
Michael Barrios (6.6) - Michael had a solid, but quiet match. Mickey had 76.5% passing, with one shot on goal, two key passes, one aerial won, completed one cross on four attempts, and had two tackles.
Santiago Mosquera (7.1) - Santi followed last weeks MotM performance, with another big performance. Mosquera started his third match in a row, and his third different position in a row. This time he started as the second forward in the 4-4-2, and he didn’t miss a beat from last week. He almost scored for the second week in a row:
It was not to be, so Santi had to settle for getting an assist on FCDs lone goal.
Maxi Urruti (8.1) - With FC Dallas trailing 1-0 in the second half, it was Maxi to the rescue:
Maxi took four shots, but only one of them was on goal. He also had 75% passing, one key pass, beat four defenders on the dribble, drew two fouls, while also pitching in on defense with three tackles and three clearances.
Jacori Hayes (6.2) - Jacori came in for the injured Ulloa, right before halftime. The improvement in the midfield was immediate. He provided stability in the midfield that was lacking with the Ulloa-Gruezo pairing. Jacori helped achieve that stability with a team high 93.3% passing accuracy.
Kellyn Acosta (6.0) - Forget the rating, forget the stats, getting Acosta back on the field was huge for FCD. Kellyn getting back in form is the next step, as a healthy in-form Acosta can elevate FC Dallas to serious contender status.
Ryan Hollingshead (6.0) - Ryan was brought in to help close out the match, as FC Dallas switched to a five-man backline.
Oscar Pareja (6.8) - Pareja had a solid gameplan in place, to leave LAFC with at least a point. Others have covered how well the team was prepared tactically to deal with the high scoring expansion side. The rating may appear a bit low, but we’re talking about a draw, and not a victory.