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FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes: Player Ratings

FC Dallas delivered a listless performance against San Jose, let’s see how the players performed.

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FC Dallas hosted the San Jose Earthquakes, and escaped with a 0-0 draw.

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: Edwin Cerrillo (7.2) - Edwin has improved each and every time he has started for FCD, and it’s no surprise that his most recent match was also his best. Cerrillo was rather dominant in the middle for FCD, here are his defensive chart, and his distribution chart side by side:

That’s only four incomplete passes, and all four of them were on the right flank, otherwise he was pretty flawless everywhere else. Yeah, here’s one of those four failed passing attempts:

I think that it’s safe to say, that most FCD fans are now less worried about the possibility of losing Gruezo during the summer transfer window.

Jesse Gonzalez (6.8) - As aggressive as San Jose was down the stretch, they only managed two shots on goal. Jesse finished the night with two saves, and earned a spot on the bench for the MLS Team of the Week.

Matt Hedges (6.8) - Matt had a rock solid match, and I can see some people picking him as MotM, for his performance. He finished with one interception, a team high four clearances, five recoveries, one aerial won, one key pass, and 86% passing accuracy.

Reto Ziegler (6.5) - Reto was not as busy as you’d expect. He finished with four clearances, four recoveries, one block, one shot attempt, one key pass, and 82.4% passing accuracy.

Reggie Cannon (6.5) - Reggie was quite active, but really didn’t have much of an impact on the match. He finished with one tackle, one clearance, and four recoveries on defense. On offense, Cannon had two shot attempts, beat one defender on the dribble, and had 87% passing accuracy.

Ryan Hollingshead (6.8) - Ryan had another solid game, where his good play, far outweighed his negative play. He finished with one tackle, four clearances, two fouls given, and a team high four aerials won on defense. He was equally active on the attacking side, with two shot attempts (one shot on goal), beat one defender on the dribble, drew one foul, had three key passes, and finished with 79% passing accuracy.

Bryan Acosta (6.6) - Acosta had about as good a game as you could expect from a player that is still not back to full form following an injury. There were times where he looked like the best player on the field for FCD, but there were not enough of them to impact the match.

Carlos Gruezo (6.4) - Gruezo was back to his normal disruptive self on defense, finishing with a team high four interceptions (tied), one block, and two recoveries on defense. He was not really involved on offense, finishing with 81.8% passing accuracy.

Paxton Pomykal (6.4) - Paxton was pulled at halftime, and it greatly impacted FCD in the second half. The team was simply not the same without him, and will now have to figure out how to replace him for the next two weeks, as he recovers from his hamstring injury.

Michael Barrios (6.3) - Michael was rather quiet on Saturday, just like the rest of the attack. It is alarming to realize that Michael picked up his fourth yellow this early into the season, considering he’s never had more than five yellow cards in any of his prior MLS seasons with FCD.

Jesus Ferreira (6.3) - Ferreira was actually far quieter than Barrios, and had zero looks on goal. Jesus was bound to cool off, after having scored three goals in four matches, so hopefully he can heat up again sooner rather than later.

Dominique Badji (6.1), Santiago Mosquera (6.0), & Pablo Aranguiz (6.4) - Badji and Mosquera continue to disappoint, as both failed to impact the match in a positive fashion. Pablo actually played quite well, and could have benefited the team more, had he enterer far earlier in the after halftime.

Luchi Gonzalez (6.1) - Luchi gets the bulk of the blame for the listless performance from the team. The decision to replace the injured Paxton with Badji at the half, did nothing but remind us that Paxton was not on the field. FCD looked lucky to earn a point at home, and hopefuly this is a result that will help the team improve going forward.