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: Jacori Hayes (7.1) - It’s good to see Jacori have a good game. He was actually up and down for most of the match, but his assist to Jesus, was a thing of beauty:
FCD lacks a playmaker at the moment, so Jacori getting back to his early 2018 form, would be a much needed boost for the team.
Jesse Gonzalez (5.8) - Jesse only faced four shots on the night, and allowed three of them to get past him. I think I’m being pretty generous here.
Matt Hedges (6.8), Reto Ziegler (6.2), Reggie Cannon (6.0), & John Nelson (6.4) - It’s really hard to hand out good grades to any of the members of the backline, following a 3-1 loss at home. Still, Hedges had about as good a game as you can get from a defender on a losing team, his eight headers won, more than doubled the next highest player on either side of the pitch. Nelson was solid in his starting debut, and looked very dangerous going forward.
Ryan Hollingshead (6.1) - Ryan starting in Barrios absence on the right, sounded like a great idea. The reality was rather harsh, as it became obvious quite early, that he was way out of his element as a Barrios replacement. An experiment that I’d like to never see repeated again.
Bryan Acosta (6.8) - Acosta continues to be a rock in the middle for FCD. He brings a stability and calm to the midfield, but he hasn’t been a difference maker, and that is what you expect from your DP.
Santiago Mosquera (7.0) - Santi was having his best game in a long long time, when disaster struck late. Mosquera ended up leaving the stadium in an ambulance, and will now miss three-to-four weeks. Up until the injury, Mosquera was the most dangerous man on the field for FCD, with five shot attempts (one on goal). and he was constantly getting into dangerous positions. Despite his dangerous play, there were several boneheaded plays in the attack, that all but nullified said attack. This is a player that needs time on the field, so he can begin to put it all together, but finds himself, yet again, missing time with yet another injury.
Pablo Aranguiz (6.4) - Pablo had a solid game, solid enough that plenty of people called for him to be considered Man of the Match. I didn’t see a MotM performance out there. Yes, it was good, yes it was scrappy, but it wasn’t the kind of performance where you even noticed he was on the field. There were multiple players out there that created multiple dangerous opportunities for FCD, Pablo wasn’t one of them, and that’s exactly what is expected of him when he’s on the field.
Dominique Badji (6) - Badji was unfortunate to be forced of the field with an injury early into the match. As such, he was a non factor. The good news is that he should be back by this weekend.
Jesus Ferreira (7.0) - If anyone else other than Jacori deserves MotM, it’s Jesus, who took advantage of the Badji injury and made the most out of his early entry into the match. Jesus would finish with three shot attempts, two of them on goal, including the goal, and 82.4% passing accuracy. Getting Jesus back to his earlier goal scoring form, is something this team desperately needs.
Zdenek Ondrasek (6.3) - Cobra came on in the 63rd minute, and instantly gave the FCD attack a shot in the arm. Cobra remained a menacing presence in the box for FCD, throughout the remainder of the match, and was quite unfortunate not to score. Cobra played well enough, that despite failing to score, he was voted as the...
Thomas Roberts (6.1) - Roberts came on in the 77th minute, but never really got into the flow of the game.
Luchi Gonzalez (5.8) - There were some things that were completely out of Luchi’s control, such as the early Badji injury, and the late Gonzalez injury, but there is simply no way to gloss over a 3-1 home loss. Sure FCD was depleted, but so was their opponents. Luchi tried some things, and some worked (Jacor in the middle, and Mosquera on the left), while some didn’t (Hollingshead on the right, Badji up top), and now he’ll have to figure out how to ge the team on the right track in a short week.