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FC Dallas vs. Montreal Impact: Player Ratings

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FC Dallas concluded a brutal four match stretch, with a big win on tired legs.

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FC Dallas hosted the Montreal Impact, and despite heavy legs, managed a 2-0 victory. The match wasn’t pretty, but three points is three points, any way you can get them.

For rating purposes, six will be the rating of an average MLS performance.


Starters:

Jesse Gonzalez (7.3) - Jesse had a very good game, finishing with five saves, and his wecond clean sheet in four MLS matches.

Matt Hedges (7.4) - Matt had the type of match that we’ve all been waiting to see from him. Matt dominated on the defensive end, with two tackles, four interceptions, five clearances, two blocked shots, and one aerial won. He also was involved in the set piece that lead to the Montreal own goal. Matt had one shot on goal (two attempts), he beat one defender on the dribble, and had 83.6%

Reto Ziegler (6.9) - Reto didn’t have the defensive presence that the team captain had, but he didn’t have too, and helped the team earn their fifth clean sheet.

Reggie Cannon (6.9) - Reggie was the only player to start all the matches during the current four match stretch. He didn’t skip a beat, finishing with six tackles, two interceptions, one clearance, he beat one defender on the dribble, had one shot attempt, and had 87% passing.

Ryan Hollingshead ( 7.7) - Ryan has been in excellent form since taking over at left back, for the injured Anton Nedyalkov. Saturday was not different, as he finished with one tackle, five interceptions, five clearances, a team leading four aerials won, one key pass, one shot on goal (two shot attempts), one key pass, and 87.9% passing.

Carlos Gruezo (6.3) - Carlos was having a decent match, but got a yellow in the 25th minute, and was subbed off at halftime.

Kellyn Acosta (6.2) - Acosta did not have much of a presence in this match, other than doing a decent job of linking, with 83% passing. He had little to no involvement in the attack, and only had one tackle on defense. On the bright side, Acosta did play the full match and that in itself is progress.

Mauro Diaz (8.0), Man of the Match - Mauro has been more and more like his old magical self, and he was magical in this match. He handled the set piece that gave FCD the lead:

Mauro also handled the PK, after Urruti had earned it:

Mauro also continued his solid all around play:

For his efforts, Mauro was named to the bench of the MLS Team of the Week.

Roland Lamah (6.6) - Roland had a rare off home game, at least by this seasons standards. Roland had one shot attempt, one key pass, one aerial won, beat one defender on the dribble, one tackle, one interception, and 79% passing.

Michael Barrios (6.9) - Michael had one shot on goal (two shot attempts), two key passes, he beat two defenders on the dribble, two tackles, one interception, two aerials won, and 78.6% passing.

Maxi Urruti (7.3) - Maxi continues his run of good form, and with FCD up 1-0, he made it possible for FCD to double their lead:

Maxi would finish with two shots on goal (five shot attempts), beat two defenders on the dribble, had one tackle, two clearances, and 73.3% passing.


Bench

Santiago Mosquera (6.3) - Santi came on in the 64th minute, and only had seven touches on the ball, when this happened:

The team recently announced that the injure was less serious that expected, and that Mosquera will likely miss two to three weeks.

Victor Ulloa (6.4) - Vic started the second half, in place of Carlos Gruezo. Vic finished with two interceptions, two clearances, and 88.8% passing.

Tesho Akindele (6.2) - Tesho came on in the 72nd minute, and managed one shot attempt, and 63.6% passing, but little else.


Coach

Oscar Pareja (7.0) - This is a very touch rating to give, as the team was a heavy favorite, but failed to look impressive. At the end of the day, the team was playing on tired legs, and after taking an early lead, Pareja chose to play it safe, and ride out the rest of the match to its conclusion. Seeing how the team has lost Colman, Nedyalkov, and Mosquera in recent weeks to injury, playing it safe, looks to have been the smart move.