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FC Dallas vs Chicago Fire: Player Ratings

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FC Dallas won the Brimstone Cup, and looked good doing so.

MLS: Chicago Fire at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas hosted the Chicago Fire, in the battle for the Brimstone Cup. FC Dallas had its way with a Fire team that rested several starters, en route to a 3-1 victory.

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


Man of the Match

Carlos Gruezo (7.7) - The continuing evolution of Carlos Gruezo from a defensive enforcer, into more of a box to box midfielder, was on full display for everyone to see this past Saturday. Carlos has grown more confident in the attack as the season has progressed, and it payed off early against Chicago:

That was as calm and collected a goal, as we have seen from any player this season. Gruezo had a solid hand in the FCD attack, finishing with one shot on goal (scoring once), three key passes, completed nine out of 12 long balls, and had a rock solid 86.3% passing accuracy. He was also his usual reliable self on defense, with one tackle, a game-high four interceptions, and one clearance. Gruezo was actually the player with the highest Audi Index Player Rating (612) in the game, so it is a shock that he didn’t even make the bench of the MLS Team of the Week.


Starters

Jesse Gonzalez (6.0) - Jessie didn't really have much to deal with, as Chicago only attempted five shots all game. That he allowed one goal on Chicago's only shot on goal, tells you that I'm probably being lenient on his rating.

Reto Ziegler (7.3) - Reto Ziegler turned out to be the correct answer to the question “Who will handle set pieces and penalty kicks now that Mauro Diaz is gone?”:

This was a confident PK conversion, and Reto’s second goal in the past three games he has played. Not only was he confident in his PK conversion, but he was also confident any time the ball was at his feet, finishing with a game high 89 touches, and a game high amongst starters 93.6% passing accuracy. Add to that two shot attempts (one goal), one key pass, one aerial won, two tackles, one interception, two clearances, and you can see why Reto made the MLS Team of the Week:

Matt Hedges (6.6) - Matt didn't really have many threats to deal with on the night. He finished with one interception, four clearances, one blocked shot, one aerial won, and 92.5% passing with one key pass.

Reggie Cannon (6.8) - Reggie had a solid performance, getting the assist on the opening goal:

Reggie also had 90% passing accuracy on the day, with two key passes, completed one cross, and had four defensive actions in the game. A player who perhaps is deserving of a higher rating, but his score is brought down by him acquiring a yellow card.

Ryan Hollingshead (7.1) - Ryan Hollingshead had one of those games that makes all the FCD fans wonder why he isn’t the full time starter at left-back, now that Anton Nedyalkov is gone. On defense, he had two tackles, three interceptions, two clearances, and three aerials won. On offensive side, Ryan had one shot on goal, one key pass, and 85.5% passing accuracy.

Victor Ulloa( 7.2) - Vic got the assist on the Kellyn Acosta goal, and was a huge reason why FC Dallas had more possession than Chicago (59.3% to 40.3%). He finished with 85.7% passing, with two key passes, beat one defender on the dribble, had one aerial won, and two defensive actions.

Roland Lamah (6.3) - Roland started on the left wing, but after about 20 minutes he switched with Mosquera and played centrally instead. Not surprisingly, Lamah struggled, and finished with a team low 70.6% passing.

Michael Barrios (6.8) - Michael continues to be a very one-dimensional player, but one that Oscar Pareja uses to max effect on the field. Michael’s disruptive runs down the right flank can be quite disruptive, and were exactly that on Saturday. He had four shot attempts (one shot on goal), two key passes, he beat one defender on the dribble, and 82.5% passing accuracy.

Santiago Mosquera (7.0) - Santi started in the 10 spot, but promptly moved to the left wing, where he spent the rest of the match running the attack from the left flank. It was an effective move, as Mosquera constantly drew double teams, and consistently found a way around those double teams. He finished with five shot attempts (one on goal), three key passes, he beat two defenders on the dribble, drew two fouls, and finished with 74.4% passing accuracy.

Maximiliano Urruti (6.8) - Maxi had five shot attempts, although not a single one was on goal, and finished with 81% passing accuracy. He wasn’t as disruptive on defense as he usually is, but he didn’t need to be, against an opponent that only had five shot attempts all game.


Bench

Kellyn Acosta (7.0) - Kellyn has struggled for the majority of this season, but Saturday, he reminded everyone what he’s capable of:

Kellyn’s first goal of the MLS season, was a thing of beauty, and a reminder that Acosta regaining last seasons form, would be a massive boost for FC Dallas.

Paxton Pomykal (6.3) & Jesus Ferreira (6.1) - Pax should have had an assist in the final minutes of the match, but Jesus couldn’t finish. Still, these are the kind of minutes that will prove invaluable for both of these players developments.


Coach

Oscar Pareja (7.0) - Oscar faced a depleted opponent, and only had to make sure that his team did not underestimate Chicago. Mission accomplished.