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FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake: Player Ratings

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FCD travelled to RSL fueled by back to back wins, and simply ran out of gas.

MLS: FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas played their third match in nine days, and the second road trip of the three. FC Dallas travelled to Real Salt Lake, and put forth a tired, disjointed performance in a 2-0 loss.

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

Man of the Match:

Matt Hedges (6.9) - You know your team has had a bad day when your best defender is also your most effective attacker. Matt had two shot attempts, and provided one of the very few attacking highlights for FCD on the night:


Jesse Gonzalez (6.5) - Jessie found himself under siege for the second match in a row, and was having a solid outing until allowing the second goal in the final minutes of the match. Jesse finished with four saves against RSL, here’s three of them:

Matt Hedges, Man of the Match

Reto Ziegler (6.2) - Reto was coming off a high against Atlanta, and came back down to earth against RSL. He finished without a single tackle for the second match in a row, but did have one interception, three clearances, one blocked shot, and 2two aerials won.

Kristoffer Reaves (6.3) - Kris got a surprise start at left-back, and while he was solid defensively, he provided very little to the attack. Reaves would finish with four tackles, one interception, one clearance, one aerial won, and 87.1% passing accuracy.

Reggie Cannon (6.5) - Reggie leads FC Dallas in minutes played, and maybe it’s time to give him a rest. Reggie has seen his play dip in the past couple of matches, and it continued against RSL. He simply looks a step slow at times, and his involvement in the attack looks ineffective. Cannon still manages to be effective on defense more often than not, and finished with four tackles, two clearances, one blocked shot, and 86.7% passing accuracy.

Carlos Gruezo (5.9), Kellyn Acosta (5.6), Michael Barrios (5.9) & Victor Ulloa (5.9) - Carlos and the rest of the midfield were simply out of sync, had zero continuity, they got out played, and out hustled for the entire match. While FCD started in a 4-3-3, they eventually switched to a flat 4-4-2. While many can blame the players up top for the ineffectiveness of the FCD attack, some of that blame can be squarely rested on the failure of the collective midfield play.

Ema Twumasi (6.1) - Twumasi got his first MLS start, but was barely involved in the attack, and was subbed out before the start of the second half.

Tesho Akindele (6.2) - Tesho earned a lot of love (and this start) following his two goal performance against Atlanta United FC. It didn’t take long for Tesho to remind everyone why his performances can be so maddeningly frustrating. His poor first touch, and poor passing skills (50% passing accuracy) can quickly derail any attacks, and that’s exactly what we saw Saturday night. Akindele can offer a good change of pace off the bench, but he’s shown time and time again, that he is too inconsistent to be a starter for FCD.


Maximiliano Urruti (6.5) - Maxi came on to start the second half, and the attack showed immediate improvement. In only one half, Maxi had five shot attempts, but only one of them was on goal.

Santiago Mosquera (6.2) - Santi came on in the 60th minute, and while he had three shot attempts, all three of those shot attempts were from too far out, and not even close to being on target.

Roland Lamah (6.2) - Roland came on to start the 2nd half, and really did not provide much to the attack.


Oscar Pareja (5.9) - Oscar simply couldn’t find the right formation, or combination of players to make up for what was really a tired looking performance. Oscar does get credit for continuing to play the young players (five homegrown players started).