FC Dallas escaped Montreal with a 3-3 draw against the Impact.
Note: 6 is the rating given for an average MLS performance
Man of the Match: Zdenek Ondrasek (7.4) - Cobra finally got run out with plenty of time to become involved in the match. With the FC Dallas season, seemingly collapsing all around him to start the second half, Cobra was brought in to fight for his team. Boy did he deliver:
Forget the stats, forget the percentages, forget the measurables. None of them can explain just what it is that Cobra brought to this match. Cobra changed the entire complexion of this match. He brought the fire, and the will to fight until the final whistle (and even after). He brought the sense of urgency that this team had failed to show for the first 45 minutes. He brought a nastiness that this team has lacked. Things that you don’t see on a graph or a stat sheet, but things that can become contagious to such a young and impressionable team. It’s time to give Cobra some starts.
Jesse Gonzalez (5.5) - Jesse has allowed eight goals past him in the past three matches, including this one. He ended up with one save, and three goals allowed. Let’s face it, the defense is struggling, and Jesse isn’t saving them. It may be time to give Maurer another run out.
Reggie Cannon (6.1) - Reggie hasn’t exactly been the same since his return from USMNT duty. It’s like he came back a better attacking player, but a worse defender.
Reto Ziegler (6.5) - Reto didn’t have a defensive day to write home about, but his PK saved it from being a total loss:
Matt Hedges (5.0) - Matt, oh Matt! Let’s just please not repeat this type of play:
Ryan Hollingshead (7.6) - Ryan is my workhorse of the week. This guy does it all for this club, and leaves it all on the pitch. He brings late match heroics too:
Bryan Acosta (6.3) - Let’s face it, Acosta is being misused at Gruezo’s old spot. Acosta may be a solid defensive midfielder, but it’s not his greatest strength. He had two clearances, two interceptions, and he did have 11 recoveries, but most of those recoveries were nowhere near the backline. All I know, is that Acosta is not the answer, and one of the young guys needs to be given that spot.
Paxton Pomykal (6.3) - Don’t look now, but Paxton is struggling. The problem isn’t necessarily that Paxton is playing bad, but that Paxton is simply not as involved as he should be. Paxton only had 55 touches against Montreal, and that is simply not enough for a player you are counting on to lead your attack.
Jesus Ferreira (6.8) - Jesus has looked good in his prior stints playing as an attacking midfielder, but he looked pretty bad against the Impact:
Bryan Reynolds (6.1) - Reynolds is no left winger, and it was a mistake for Luchi to play him there. It’s not his fault that he was played out of position.
Michael Barrios (6.9) - Michael continues to add to his assist total, which has now reached 12 on the season.
Dominique Badji (6.5) - Badji was missing in action for the first half, but a switch to the left wing, saw him contribute when the team needed it the most.
Ricardo Pepi (6.5), & Brandon Servania (6.3) - Both may have entered late, but helped this team rally from two goals down. Now that’s the kind of experience that will help them mature as professionals.
Luchi Gonzalez (6.5) - I aplaude Luchi for finding creative ways to get the kids playing time (Reynolds), but with the playoff race entering the final leg, the team needs to be finding answers at Left Wing. Luchi’s adjustments saved the point, but his initial tactical decisions are what put his team in a hole to begin with.