The biggest takeaway for me from that game, was that this was the first time all season, that FCD displayed some swagger. The kind of confidence that comes with being the top team in the West. Don't let the final score fool you, this game wasn't that close.
For rating purposes, 6 is the rating given for an average MLS performance.
Man of the Match
Santiago Mosquera (8.3) -Santiago had the kind of game that gives FCD fans real optimism going forward. You know, for the life of me, I could not find a single highlight of Mosquera's first goal, where he took advantage of miscommunication between Joe Willis and one of his defenders, to score off their turnover. We'll just blame that on the Houston fans ridding social media of any evidence that the goal ever happened. Mosquera wasted little time in tacking on his second goal:
Mosquera could have tallied a 3rd goal, but in perhaps his best move of the night, he deferred to Ziegler on the PK attempt (which Reto converted).
Jesse Gonzalez (6.0), Matt Hedges (7.1), Reggie Cannon (6.9), Reto Ziegler (6.9), Marquinhos Pedroso (7.3) - Has there honestly ever been a game, where FCD allowed two goals, and not a single person complained about the defensive performance? No? Just making sure. Seriously though, you can't fault the defense for a sensational shot on the first Houston goal, and then there's the completely ridiculous foul call that lead to the second goal.
Several articles have already been written, praising each of the members of the backline, so I'm simply going to show you Reto's PK:
Victor Ulloa( 6.8), Carlos Gruezo (6.8) - Speaking of ridiculous foul calls, here's a look at the foul call against Ulloa that lead to the second Houston goal:
Ulloa got 0% of Alvarez and 100% of the ball.— Big D Soccer (@BigDSoccer) September 2, 2018
But hey, it’s not like we have some sort of Video-assisted review system or anything. pic.twitter.com/Y7PDMn1DWT
I can't seem to stop beating a dead horse, but VAR has been a complete joke since it's implementation by MLS.
Michael Barrios (7.6) - Barrios is your MotM almost any other game, as he continues his show of excellent form. He wasted little time getting on the scoreboard:
Barrios has simply been on a tear of late, and finally looks like the kind of difference maker that can take this team far.
Maximiliano Urruti (7.9) -
Perhaps I'm being far too generous with Urruti's rating, but he looks to have settled into his new role. Here's a look at Urruti earning that PK:
Dominique Badji (6.8) - Badji didn't score, but he did excellent work in front of the opposition's net:
Tesho Akindele (6), Abel Aguilar (6.3), Maynor Figueroa (6.1) - Aguilar made his FCD debut, and looked rather slow. The funny thing is that Abel was brought on to slow the game down, and he did just that. All three of the bench players, were veteran players, whose main job was to kill the game. Job well done.
Oscar Pareja (7.6) - This was a much needed win, and Pareja got the team to deliver one of the best performances of the season.