Let’s hand out some ratings to wrap this past week up.
Note: 6 is the rating given for an average MLS performance
Man of the Match: Bressan (7.7) - Despite the team losing on two clear defensive mistakes, it should be pointed out that Bressan was not involved in both of those plays. He was however, involved in pretty much every other defensive play out there. Bressan had a monster game, leading the team in every defensive category. He would finish with four tackles, five interceptions, three clearances, one block, six aerials won, committed four fouls, and still managed to get two shot attempts (one on goal), and finished with 89.3% passing accuracy.
Jesse Gonzalez (6.1) - Jesse finished the night with two saves, and two goals allowed.
Reggie Cannon (5.9) - Reggie has been in a bad run of form lately, and that continued this week, as he (and Barrios) was badly beaten on the opening goal. Correction, he made a bad mistake, that got him beaten, on the first goal. He was also involved in the second goal, as he was marking the goal scored, even though that goal can clearly be blamed on Hollingshead’s failure to properly clear the ball.
Ryan Hollingshead (6.1) - Completely overshadowed by the fact that his defensive mistake lead to the second goal, is that he had an overall solid game, for a player who had never started at Center Back before. Ryan played solidly for the most part, and it would not surprise me to see him get more minutes at center back in the future. Ryan actually lead the team in touches (100) and passing accuracy (97.7%).
John Nelson (6.8) - Nelson continues to impress at right back, and has been another player like Cerrillo, who only gets better each time out:
John Nelson had a hell of a game.— FCDallasGIFs (@MisterKranks) May 26, 2019
✅ 90 minutes
↔️ 65/73=89% passing
2 key passes
3 tackles won
⚠️ 1 foul won
↪️ 1 successful cross
❌ 1 defensive block #DTID pic.twitter.com/pWvFQqES8b
Bryan Acosta (6.9) - Acosta continues to have solid, yet unspectacular games. You want your DP to be a game changer, but Acosta appears to be more of a game manager. He’s one of the reasons that FCD won the possession battle, as he finished with 97.1% passing accuracy.
Jacori Hayes (6.2) - Jacori did a good job of helping the midfield control possession, and did a good job of being a linking player, but otherwise offered very little else.
Pablo Aranguiz (6.4) - Pablo is just simply snake bit:
56' - This one stings. @Pablitoaranguiz's shot bounces off the crossbar. Vancouver maintains 2-0 lead.— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) May 26, 2019
Watch: @texas21, FCD TV Network
Listen: https://t.co/Np9YZzF4E8, @UnivisionAmDFW en español #VANvFCD | #DTID pic.twitter.com/UrDOV0JVrF
His U23 call up, couldn’t have come at a better time. He is in need of some confidence gaining playtime. He’s played well enough, but has nothing to show for it. That’s not a good thing to say about a player who is expected to be a playmaker.
Michael Barrios (6.1) - Barrios didn’t actually play too bad, but was in on that dreadful mistake that allowed the first goal.
Jesus Ferreira (6.8) - Jesus isn’t getting as many touches as we’d like to see from him, but he still finished with four shot attempts (none on goal), and four key passes.
Dominique Badji (7.2) - Badji continues to regain his groove:
Badji was really rather quiet for most of the match, but gave FCD hope towards the end.
Bryan Reynolds (6.4) - Reynolds looked great in only his second appearance of the season, getting the assist on the lone FCD goal. With FCD starting to look rather thin across the roster, Reynolds made a solid case for more minutes.
Zdenek Ondrasek (5.8) - Cobra was the first sub off the bench, and hardly touched the ball (six touches).
Thomas Roberts (6.1) - Roberts looked good in his short stint, but came in too late to really have any effect on the match.
Luchi Gonzalez (6.2) - I’m not sure how much blame can be placed on Luchi for his line-up and tactical decisions. The team was missing five starters for this match, including their three best defenders, and the team still managed to give itself a chance down the stretch.