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FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers: Player Ratings

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It was another rough finish, but three points is three points. Let's see how everyone rated in the end.

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FC Dallas held on for dear life, in a too close for comfort 2-1 win over the visiting Portland Timbers. Let’s hand out some ratings to wrap this game up.

Note: 6 is the rating given for an average MLS performance


Man of the Match: Jesus Ferreira (7.4) - It was a pretty close race for MotM this week, but in the end, Jesus was the right choice. Here’s his goal against Portland:

Jesus came close several times, as he remained dangerous throughout his 87 minutes of action:

Jesus would finish with five Shot attempts (one on goal), three ball recoveries, one-for-one long balls completed, one-for-one dribbles completed, one duel won, one key pass, one clearance, one goal, and 85% passing accuracy.


Jesse Gonzalez (7.3) - Jesse was back in net for FCD after last weeks MLS Team of the Week performance from Maurer. Jesse was not to be outdone, as he faced six shots on the night, and would finish with five saves.

Reto Ziegler (7.3) - Reto bagged the game winner for FCD:

This is Ziegler’s third goal of the season, all of them on set pieces. I’ve said it before, and I’m not sure if I’ve said it here, but Reto is my Dark Horse to win the FCD Golden Boot.

Matt Hedges (6.6) - Matt put in a solid effort, finishing with one tackle, one interception, three aerials won, five clearances, two blocks, and 88.2% passing accuracy.

Reggie Cannon (7.2) - Reggie was his normal highly productive self against the Timbers, he finished with three tackles, two Interception, five clearances, two aerials won, one foul given, four fouls drawn, and 87.3% passing accuracy.

Ryan Hollingshead (6.8) - People will see Ryan’s rating, and instantly think it’s way too high, considering this:

And considering that he got away with this:

So I’m going to be straight with you. I’m not going to punish him, for something that the Refs, and VAR, said never happened. Yes, Hollingshead needs to clean his act up inside the box on defense, or stuff like that will eventually bite him and the team in the ass. Hollingshead didn’t get bitten, and got away with a thing or two, and had yet another solid game for FCD.

Edwin Cerrillo (6.5) - Edwin hasn’t really stood out in any of his starts for FCD, but the team doesn’t need him to stand out. FCD needs Cerrillo to be solid, dependable, and smart, while improving every time he’s on the field. He’s done exactly that.

Carlos Gruezo (6.2) - Gruezo was played in a more box to box midfielder position, which he can play, but it is not his strongest position, and it showed. Normally one of FCDs better passer, Gruezo would struggle (by his standards) with a 75.6% passing accuracy. On defense, he would only have one tackle, and one clearance.

Paxton Pomykal (7.0) - Paxton continues to shine in the midfield for FCD:

Pablo Aranguiz (6.5) - Pablo continues to have solid starts for FCD. He still is a liability on defense, but he makes up for his defensive deficiencies with sheer hustle. Pablos finished 78.3% passing accuracy, two key passes, four (!) aerials won, 1 shot attempt, four fouls drawn, two tackles, and one interception.

Michael Barrios (7.3) - Michael has elevated his play this season, and clearly the most dangerous attacker on the field for FCD so far this season. Michael had three shots on goal, three key passes, beat two defenders on the dribble, drew two fouls, two tackles, and one interception. If there was one flaw in this match, it was his poor 66.7% passing accuracy, which was the lowest on the team.


Bressan (6.1), Jacori Hayes (5.8), & Santiago Mosquera (6.2) - The subs didn't add much, for the second week in a row. Not a trend we wish to see continue.


Luchi Gonzalez (6.8) - The second week in a row that the team has looked panicked or disjointed at the end, is of concern. Still, the team held on in the end, and will hopefully be better for it.