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: Own Goal (8.7) - The legendary Own Goal was unstoppable on Saturday, as Seattle simply did not have any answers for him. OG is simply so unpredictable, that you never know when he’s going to strike:
Seattle just never accounted for OG inside the box on that play, and he made them pay. OG wasn’t done yet, as he would soon strike again:
OG is simply so sneaky on those set pieces! OG did disappear in the second half, but the damage had already been done. OG would finish with a brace, and is now the second leading scorer for FCD with three goals on the season. It’s a sad shame that OG didn’t even make the bench for the MLS Team of the Week.
Jesse Gonzalez (5.9) - Jesse didn’t really have much to do, and only faced two shots on the night, saving one, and allowing the other to get past him.
Ryan Hollingshead (6.7) - To no one’s surprise, Hollingshead had a solid turn at right back, because of course he did. Reggie doesn’t really have to worry about his job, as most of Hollingshead’s contributions were on the defensive side of the match. Hollingshead wasn’t really to involved in the attack, and had a mediocre passer rating of 78.3%. On the defensive side of things, Hollingshead finished with one tackle, four interceptions, and four clearances. For large amounts of time in the second half, Ryan resembled a third center back. The question now is, where does Ryan line up next?
Matt Hedges (7.2) - FCD held the Sounders to only five shot attempts and two shots on goal for the entire match. Hedges was a huge reason for this, as he aggressively defended the line, and often came as far forward as the midfield to make his presence felt. Matt finished the match with two tackles, two interceptions, eight clearances, five aerials won, with 88.1% passing accuracy.
Bressan (6.5) - Compared to his previous outings, Bressan had a quiet workmanlike performance against the Sounders. Not once did he come close to commiting a controversial tackle, or getting a yellow card. He’s looking more and more, like a great signing for FCD.
John Nelson (6.8) - Has Nelson seized the starting left back position away from Hollingshead? It’s certainly starting to look that way, as Luchi has been forced to find creative ways to keep Hollingshead on the field at other positions. Nelson simply looks like a natural fit in Luchi’s system, and was equally effective moving forward or coming back on defense.
Carlos Gruezo (6.1) - For my money, regardless of the rating, Gruezo was the MOTM. Forget the stats, the fact that FCD broke their six match winless streak in Gruezo’s first match back since the trip to Houston (0-1-3 in the four games since), is all the evicence I need. Gruezo has a calming pressence in the midfield, and he simply allows the two other midfielders to play to their strengths without having to worry about defending.
Bryan Acosta (7.0) - Acosta is the midfielder that benefited the most from Gruezo’s presence, which allowed him to be more aggressive on both sides of the ball. He was solid on defense, and dangerous in the attack. where he finished with a team leading 90 touches, four shot attempts (none on goal), two key passes, and 83.8% passing accuracy. His performance was good enough to earn him this:
Thomas Roberts (6.4) - Roberts didn’t exactly have a great game, but he did have the kind of game that he can build upon. he had one shot attempt (not on goal), two key passes, and 82.8% passing accuracy in 63 minutes of action. Roberts is a kid who will only get better, the more he gets on the field, and FCD will undoubtedly only benefit from the experience a match like this provided for him.
Thomas Roberts didn't have a creative breakthrough in an otherwise promising 64 minutes but he did some nifty things pic.twitter.com/hzJgtvI2Tq— Watke (@WatkeG) June 3, 2019
Michael Barrios (7.1) - It’s a shame that Barrios can’t get an assist for the second own goal. Mikey was FCD’s most dangerous player (next to Own Goal), finishing with two shot attempts, two key passes, he beat four defenders on the dribble, and 80% passing accuracy.
Jesus Ferreira (6.4) - Jesus was dangerous, but he wasn’t involved nearly as much as everyone would like from him (only 20 touches). Granted, he appears to make the most with those touches, but it would benefit the team to see Jesus get more touches in the matches to come.
Dominique Badji (6.2) - Badji had pretty much the same type of game as Jesus, with boths finishing with nearly identical stats, but his touch wasn’t nearly as good as Chuy’s, and he played far more minutes to get there.
Reggie Cannon (6.1), Bryan Reynolds (5.9), & Jacori Hayes (6.0) - None of the subs made much of a difference in the match, although they did help FCD hold on to their win.
Luchi Gonzalez (6.9) - Luchi made some tough choices heading into this match, most notably opting to sit Cannon in favor of Hollingshead. His team responded by holding Seattle to a miserable five shot attempts, and forcing the Sounders to commit two own goals. Luchi appears to be getting a better understanding of how to better manage his short handed team.