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FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo: Player Ratings

The first match of the Texas Derby is in the books, and we’re here to rate all the players performances.

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FC Dallas traveled to hated rivals Houston Dynamo, their first of three matches in the Texas Derby. After a wild, up and down affair, FC Dallas left Houston with a 1-1 draw. Several players looked real good, but the performance of a couple of players, prevented FCD from leaving Houston with three points.

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


Man of the Match

Matt Hedges (7.7) - Matt was clutch for FCD in this game, he had two shots on goal, including FCDs loan goal:

On defense, Matt had one tackle, two interceptions, two clearances, three blocked shot, one aerial won, and a stellar 94.8% passing accuracy.


Starters

Jesse Gonzalez (5.8) - Houston took 12 shots against FCD, but only two of them were on goal. So Jesse finished with one save, and here is a look at the goal that he allowed:

You have to think that it’s a goal that was preventable. On top of that, there is the goal that was called back by VAR:

Jesse hasn’t performed well for the past month, and you have to start wondering if we’ll see Maurer get another start soon.

Reto Ziegler (7.1) - Reto had a solid all around game, with four interceptions, one clearance, two aerials won, one shot attempt, and 93% passing accuracy with two key passes.

Reggie Cannon (7.2) - Reggie was spectacular on defense, as he made spectacular defensive play after spectacular defensive play. His defensive plays generally resulted ina quick counter attack, similar to this one:

Reggie finished with three tackles, five interceptions, two clearances, and one aerial won on defense. On the attack, Reggie finished with a team high 97.1 passing accuracy, one shot attempt, and drew two fouls.

Maynor Figueroa (6.6) - Maynor was solid, but not much of a factor. He finished with one tackle, two interceptions, three clearances, one aerial won, and 85.1% passing accuracy.

Victor Ulloa( 7.1) - Vic continues his excellent run of play, and had an excellent 94.3% passing accuracy. He had two shot attempts, two key passes, beat one defender on the dribble, and drew two fouls on offense. On defense, Vic had two tackles, two interceptions, one clearance, and one aerial won.

Roland Lamah (5.8) - This rating might be more than a bit on the generous side. If you don’t believe me, then let me remind you of a couple of plays:

Michael Barrios (6.8) - Michael didn’t actually have the best of games, but he did draw a penalty:

We all know what followed.

Santiago Mosquera (7.2) - Santi had the assist on the Matt Hedges goal, before pulling his hamstring in the 24th minute. This injury really hamstrung FCDs attack for the remainder of the match.

Maximiliano Urruti (6.6) - Maxi continues to be very active in the attacking third, without having anything to show for it. Maxi had three shot attempts, and not a single one of them was on goal. Maxi did have that through pass to Barrios that lead to a PK.


Bench

Kellyn Acosta (6.0) - Kellyn finished his career in FCD with a yawn, as he provided very little in his appearance off the bench.

Ryan Hollingshead (6.2) - Ryan basically came on in the 83rd minute to help kill the game, thus preserving the road point, and he helped do just that .

Tesho Akindele (6.1) - Tesho really didn’t offer much in the attack for FCD, after coming on for the injured Mosquera in the 27th minute. Mosquera had 22 touches in 24 minutes of action, while Tesho finished with 25 touches in 70 minutes of action (including injury time).


Coach

Oscar Pareja (6.8) - Kinda hard to be too rough on Pareja in his decision making, as he was forced to replace Mosquera early, which tied his hands a bit. A road point is still a good result, and you can’t really fault Papi for his players (looking at you Lamah) failing to convert.