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FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo: Player Ratings

FC Dallas traveled to Houston, and despite playing well enough to earn a draw, they left Houston with a sour taste in their mouths.

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FC Dallas lost to the Houston Dynamo by a 2-1 score. The teams played very even through out, but Houston got the right bounces and calls going their way, enough to tip the match in their favor.

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: Michael Barrios (7.1) - I’m starting to reconsider my original view on what player FCD would miss the most if he was lost for the season or sold mid season. I, like most fans, think Paxton is that player. The funny thing, is that the further we go into the season, it’s becoming clearer and clearer, that FCD only has one player capable of burning the opposition at any point during the match. Case in point:

That goal came seemingly out of nowhere, and not surprisingly, Barrios was the man delivering the assist. Everyone assumes FCD will likely sell Gruezo come the summer transfer window, but you can bet that Barrios is drawing attention based on his excellent run of form.

We’ve all been waiting for FCD to replace Castillo and what he brought to the team, but while we were all looking around the league and at other leagues to see where that replacement might come from, Barrios quietly became that player we were all looking for. I can’t begin to imagine this team without Barrios on the field.

Jesse Gonzalez (6.1) - Jesse only faced four shots on the night, but allowed two of them to get past him, and received another yellow card. Really, he was more unlucky than bad, as he guessed right on the PK, only to see it bounce underneath him.

Matt Hedges (6.6), Reto Ziegler (6.2), Reggie Cannon (6.4), & Ryan Hollingshead (6.3) - Nobody really stood out on defense, and the backline struggled with Houston’s speed on the counter. In the end, the defense played well enough to walk out of Houston with a draw, but the officials had other ideas.

Bryan Acosta (6.9) - Acosta had a really good all around game. He had more touches than any other FCD player, and finished with 87.5% passing accuracy, helping FCD win the possession battle. Acosta went out there and did what most people expect him to do on a weekly basis, but with Paxton out, FCD needed him to do more to help make up for the playmaker’s absence. Unfortunately, he is not that kind of playmaker, and I won’t be surprised if most people disagree with this rating.

Edwin Cerrillo (6.4) - Edwin is probably deserving of a higher rating, due to his excellent 93.3% passing accuracy. It’s just that like the rest of the midfield, he didn’t really offer any help on the attack, as he only really attempted three passes in the attacking 3rd, completing only one of them.

Carlos Gruezo (6.1) - Gruezo, like Cerrillo, finished with a high passer rating, but offered very little going forward. Not one of his better games.

Pablo Aranguiz (6.4), & Jesus Ferreira (6.3) - Pablo offered very little in the attack, and Jesus offered even less, leaving the FCD attack one-dimensional, and easy to defend.

Dominique Badji (7.1), Santiago Mosquera (6.5), & John Nelson (6.4) - Badji and Mosquera gave FCD a glimmer of hope, as Badji scored the lone FCD goal (Mosquera had a key pass to Barrios on that goal), and Mosquera looked to have leveled the match with a set piece goal. The set piece goal was called off, and FCD walked away with a loss. All three of these players played well enough, that I would not be surprised if all three started the next FCD match.

Luchi Gonzalez (6.6) - Unlike last week, I can’t really blame Luchi for the loss. He made the right adjustments with his substitutions, and got his players to dig in and find a way to almost leave Houston with a point.