FC Dallas continues to make us all lose our hair, by getting yet another edge of your seat 2-1 win. This time, over defending MLS Cup champions, Atlanta United FC, in their own backyard. Okay, okay, maybe it wasn’t as close as the score indicates, but it was a very nervy game through out.
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: Jesse Gonzalez (7.5) - Jesse played absolutely out of his mind, and came up with big save after big save:
Barco with an absolute bender— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) April 20, 2019
Inches from an equalizer! pic.twitter.com/RrWJQzajCG
Matt Hedges (7.0) - Matt got a yellow card, and while I would normally punish a player for getting carded, I didn’t in this case. Matt made the clearest of professional fouls, when he saw that Bressan was laying on the ground, and Atlanta was surging forward with numbers. That is a foul that he absolutely had to make. Hedges would have a rock solid performance at the center of the FCD defense, finishing with seven clearances, one interception, three headers won, and 75% passing accuracy. It was a performance that earned him MLS Team of the Week honors, alongside Jesse Gonzalez, Barrios, and Luchi.
Reto Ziegler (6.4) - Reto had an up and down game, but was mostly solid, finishing with three interceptions, two clearances, two blocks, two shots on goal, but a poor 58.6% passing accuracy.
Bressan (7.1) - Talk about making an impression, Bressan got his first start, and was simply the best defensive player on the field. He was key in containing Josef Martinez, shadowing him anytime he got anywhere near the box. At the time he went down with an injury in the 60th minute, Bressan was in the midst of having a monster defensive match, He finished with a team high four tackles, one interception, was second on the team with six clearances, won two aerial, committed 2 fouls, and had 72.7 passing accuracy. Heck, he even had a shot on goal.
Reggie Cannon (6.4) - Reggie had a rather quiet day by his standards, only finishing with two tackles, one interception, two clearances, drew two fouls, one aerial won, and 61.9% passing accuracy.
Ryan Hollingshead (6.4) - Another week, and another near handball in the box for Hollingshead. At this point, Ryan is practically begging the refs to hand the other team a PK on his behalf. He was rather quiet in the attack, and posted one tackle, one interception, four clearances, and 65% passing accuracy.
Edwin Cerrillo (6.9) - Edwin simply had his best match in an FCD jersey. He was just an unseen force out there, who quietly went about disrupting the Atlanta attack:
Carlos Gruezo (6.2) - Gruezo didn’t have too bad of a game, he was on par with most of the other defenders, doing just enough to disrupt the Atlanta attack. He finished with three tackles, one interception, one clearance, two blocks, committed three fouls, one aerial won, and 80.7% passing accuracy. He got punished for giving up that late PK, and giving Atlanta a lifeline. So I can understand if many feel that he deserves a far lower score.
Paxton Pomykal (6.8) - Paxton would probably have ended with a much better rating, had he not spent half the match picking himself off the ground. Currently the third most fouled player in MLS, and at his current rate, he’ll be #1 in no time. Paxton was, like the rest of the team, deeply involved on defense, finishing with two tackles, three clearances, and one foul given. He was rather quiet in attack, but like I said, that had mostly to do with the barrage of fouls he attracted from the Atlanta defense. Still he finished with one shot attempt, one key pass, and 75% passing accuracy.
Michael Barrios (7.3) - Michael simply continues to be the fuel that lights the FCD attack. He had an assist in both goals, and if it wasn’t for Jesse’s heroics, he’d be the MotM. Barrios finished with the two assists, one shot attempt, four key passes, completed three out of five crosses, and had 56.3% passing accuracy.
Jesus Ferreira (7.1) - Ferreira only had 18 touches, but one of his firsts, set the table for the big road win:
John Nelson (6.4) - John came on in the 60th minute, and replaced the injured Bressan. Nelson took over for Hollingshead, who had moved to center back. Nelson, quite frankly, played better than Hollingshead, and has clearly surpassed Pedroso on the depth chart. It looks like it's just a matter of time before he starts challenging Hollingshead for the starting job.
Jacori Hayes (5.8) - Jacori keeps getting minutes late, but hasn't looked good in any of his recent appearances.
Bryan Acosta (7.0) - This is exactly what you expect from your returning (from injury) DP:
Luchi Gonzalez (8.1) - Luchi rolled out a new formation, a new starter (Bressan), and put on a master class defend and counter game plan on the road. Add to that getting game altering performances from his subs, and it was an MLS Team of the Week worthy night for Luchi.