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FC Dallas vs. Minnesota United FC: Player Ratings

It was a rather tough game to watch, but FCD came out on top. See which players stood out this weekend.

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FC Dallas traveled to Minnesota United FC, and after a pretty tepid affair under smoldering conditions, FC Dallas earned a 1-0 win.

The game was not the prettiest of affairs, and both teams struggled to get anything going, so the ratings are a little all over the place for this one.

For ratings purposes, 6 is the score given for an average MLS performance.


Starters:

Jesse Gonzalez (7.8) - On a night that saw Minnesota get off 15 shots (five on goal), Jesse managed to get his third clean sheet (six starts) in MLS action. Jesse had five saves, one punch out, and two crosses caught. It wasn’t his best performance by far, but a clean sheet on the road, is not easy to achieve.

Matt Hedges (7.9), Man of the Match - With rookie Kris Reaves starting in place of the suspended Reto Ziegler (red card suspension), Matt was asked to step up his game on the road. Matt delivered one of his best performances this season:

Kristoffer Reaves (7.0) - Kris got his first start of the season, and showed why Pareja has been so high on him. Kris played with the poise and confidence of a veteran player, and showed the kind of speed at center-back that FC Dallas has lacked since Zach Loyd was on the roster. Kris did a fantastic job of shutting down Minnesota danger man Darwin Quintero:

With his performance against the Loons, Kris has the FCD fans feeling a tad better about the teams depth at center-back.

Maynor Figueroa (7.2) - Maynor was heavily involved in the FCD attack, finishing with two shots on goal (three shot attempts). Maynor did finish with a rather poor 60% passing accuracy, but that can be attributed to the barrage of long balls that Maynor attempted on the day (10 Long balls). On defense, he had two tackles, two interceptions, three clearances, and two aerials won. Maynor made a late switch to center-back for FCD, and helped preserve the clean sheet.

Reggie Cannon (6.5) - Reggie was not really involved in the attack against the Loon, although that appeared to be by design, as Pareja opted to attack down the left flank. Reggie finished with five tackles, one clearance, one blocked shot, and 82.9% passing.

Carlos Gruezo (6.8) - Carlos concentrated on covering the backline for most of the match, something he has always excelled at. With Carlos asked to do what he does best, it was a solid day at the office for him. He finished with three tackles, four clearances, and 82.9% passing with one key pass.

Victor Ulloa (7.5) - While the FCD attack was struggling in the scorching heat, Victor was quietly having one of his best games of the season. Victor did a great job of linking the backline to the attackers, finishing with 87.5% passing, which was tops amongst the starters. He also had one shot on goal, and three key passes. On defense, Ulloa finished with two tackles, two interceptions, one clearance, and two aerials won.

Paxton Pomykal (6.2) - Paxton got his third MLS start, and struggled for most of the 56 minutes he spent on the field. The Loons were very physical with Paxton, and it appeared to throw him off his game. Still, you can’t put a price on an 18-year old getting quality minutes on the road, and Paxton will only benefit from the experience. Paxton finished with 76% passing, and beat one defender on the dribble, in the attack. He pitched in on defense with one tackle, one interception, one clearance, and one aerial won.

Michael Barrios (6.3) - Michael, just like the rest of the attack, struggled throughout the match. Michael just never got into any rhythm, finishing with 65% passing, and not much else in the attack. He has simply become too predictable, and a well prepared defense can shut him down, which was the case Friday night.

Maximiliano Urruti (6.1) - Maxi was his usual disruptive self on defense, finishing with two tackles, and two clearances. That’s great, but Maxi’s main job, is to be the spear of the FCD attack. Friday night, that spear was nowhere to be found, as Maxi pulled the very rare disappearing act. Maxi only had one shot attempt (not on goal), and finished with 61.9% passing.

Roland Lamah (7.3) - Roland struggled most of the match, just like the rest of the attack. Unlike his fellow attackers, He had a solid night passing the ball (80.7%), and lead the team with five aerials won. Not surprisingly then, is just how Roland scored the game winner:


Bench

Santiago Mosquera (6.7) - Santi came on in the 56th minute for paxton Pomykal, and had an immediate impact on the game. Santiago provided a confident, and dangerous attacker that Minnesota was simply not prepared to deal with. Santi’s confidence on the ball, and willingness to go right at the defense with the ball at his feet, payed almost instant dividends. Just two minutes after entering the game, he handled the corner kick, and his delivery would find a high rising Lamah for the eventual game winner. Mosquera would finish with a team high 92.3% passing, one key pass, one cross completed, two shot attempts (not on goal), and he beat two defenders on the dribble. I wouldn’t be surprised if Santi was back in the starting lineup on Wednesday, against Atlanta United FC.

Ryan Hollingshead ( 6.3) - Ryan came on in the 77th minute, and helped FCD secure the clean sheet.

Kellyn Acosta (6.2) - Acosta came on in the 68th minute, helping to improve FCDs ability to hold the ball, and close out the game.


Coach

Oscar Pareja (7.8) - This was the Pareja we all know and love. His team looked out of sorts for the better part of the game, but a lot of that had to do with Pareja electing to play an MLS record six homegrowns. Pareja’s decision to trust his youth, payed off with the teams fourth road win of the season.