FC Dallas won 4-2 at Real Salt Lake. The match ratings have been greatly affected by the red card issued in the match, so the scores look lopsided in favor of the attacking players. This is not the norm, but it is something that can not be avoided for this match. 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: Paxton Pomykal (9.0) - Pax just continues to amaze us all with every match he plays. He finished with two goals, two key passes, 92% pass comp rate, 10/19 duels won, and 4/5 tackles won. Here’s both of the goals that Paxton scored, you know, in case you hadn’t already seen them:
Paxton Pomykal scores his first career #MLS goal, capitalizing on a defensive error to restore the lead for #FCDallas only a minute after #RSL had equalized.#RSLvFCD #FCD #USYNT pic.twitter.com/64mdxAklgZ— Joga Bonito (@Jasoninho10) March 31, 2019
If that wasn’t enough, Paxton is starting to pile one some weekly and monthly awards:
Jessie Gonzalez (5.8) - Jesse only faced three shots on the night, but allowed two of them to get past him. Couple that with Jesse getting yet another yellow card (solely on reputation it seems), and it was not a good day at the office for Jesse.
Reto Ziegler (6.2) & Matt Hedges (6.4), Reggie Cannon (6.2), & Ryan Hollingshead (6.4) - Allowing two goals, with yet another set piece goal allowed, against a 10 man team, is a performance that they’s all rather forget.
Edwin Cerrillo (6.3) - Edwin will hopefully recover soon from the injury that ended his night early. He finished the night with 91.7% and one key pass, which is a good sign for him going forward.
Carlos Gruezo (7.3) - Please raise your hand if you saw this coming:
A goal that happened so fast, you might need to see it again.— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) March 31, 2019
Gruezo’s goal at 45 seconds in is the third-fastest goal in club history (after Castillo 29', Pitchkolan 31'). #DTID pic.twitter.com/yyBCYPqOUa
I honestly never imagined that Gruezo could ever score so quickly. Not only did he get FCD off to a quick start, he soon all but clinched a road win for the team:
Damir Kreilach was sent off for "violent conduct" (embellished by Gruezo). That's now 4 red cards for #RSL in the last 3 games. They didn't have a single red card in the entire 2018 season.#RSLvFCD #MLS pic.twitter.com/ruUE55yMni— Joga Bonito (@Jasoninho10) March 31, 2019
It wasn’t exactly a perfect performance, as Gruezo was clearly beaten on the first RSL goal:
Savarino places it in the back of the net! pic.twitter.com/fFctfB8NGK— Real Salt Lake (@realsaltlake) March 31, 2019
Even so, Gruezo would finish with a strong 94% passing accuracy on the night.
Pablo Aranguiz (6.7) - Even though he clearly is not a 90 minute player, Pablo played a strong 1st half. He had the kind of performance that will ensure he continues to get extensive minutes, but not the kind of performance that will lock down a starting spot for him.
Michael Barrios (8.2) - Michael had a MOTM type performance, finishing with four key passes, including two assists, while beating two defenders on the dribble. Barrios really bossed his side of the field, and is quietly having a big season for FCD.
Jesus Ferreira (7.6) - Jesus has been overshadowed by Paxton’s breakout season, and yet, he continues to have a breakout season of his own. Any other year, and Jesus is all anyone would be talking about. Jesus would finish with one assist, and one goal:
Great movement from Jesus Ferreira to score this goal. pic.twitter.com/zOeKxKcTfe— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) March 31, 2019
Bryan Acosta (6.8) - Bryan came in to replace the injured Cerrillo, and quickly began to dominate the midfield. Bryan had 94.1% passing, and finished with an astounding 70 touches in only 37 minutes of action, effectively ensuring that FC Dallas killed off the match.
Zdenek “Cobra” Ondrask (6.1) - The match was all but over when Cobra entered the match, and he had very little to do other than finishing out the final minutes.
Jacori Hayes (6.2) - Jacori had a solid late run, helping FCD kill off the match.
Luchi Gonzalez (7.5) - The score may seem high to you, but every decision Luchi made on the day, including starting five homegrown players in the most inhospitable environment, directly lead to a huge three points.