Note: 6 is the rating given for an average MLS performance
Man of the Match: Zdenek Ondrasek (8.3) - There’s some of us who have been clamoring for Cobra to be given a start. Sunday, Cobra got the start, and did not disappoint. In the first half, he had what some consider the pass of the week:
This lay-off from Ondrasek is so, so so so good. pic.twitter.com/Y7827MPLNN— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) August 26, 2019
With the team up 2-0 against the Dynamo, FCD didn’t let up, and Cobra soon struck:
Cobra wasn’t done bringing misery to our wounded foes, as he delivered a second deadly strike:
C'est quand même beaucoup plus facile, la vie avec un vrai buteur.— FC_Dallas FR (@FCDallasFR1) August 26, 2019
Quel centre de Badji pour le doublé de Zdenek Ondrasek.
Ce dernier est à trois buts et une passe décisive en deux matchs.
C'est juste INCROYABLE. #DTID #FCDvHOU pic.twitter.com/090V9w8lpO
Cobra is finally getting his minutes, and he’s rewarded the team, by causing our opponents pain. Jesus and Hollingshead are both equally deserving of being the MOTM, but it takes goals to win games, and Cobra had a direct hand in three of them.
Jesse Gonzalez (7.0) - Jesse was mostly on point Sunday, making saves like this:
Other than the defensive hiccup in the second half, Jessie was in fine form throughout.
Reto Ziegler (7.7) - Reto continued his PK scoring ways:
Reto was already having a pretty good day on defense, where he finished with four tackles, one interception, three clearances, one blocked shot, and three recoveries.
Matt Hedges (6.8) & Reggie Cannon (6.7) - Reggie and Matt were rock solid, and did all the dirty work behind the scenes.
Ryan Hollingshead (8.3) - Ryan had a great all around match, to the point that many feel he was the man of the match. He was everywhere on both sides of the pitch, defensively he finished with one tackle, three assists, five clearances, one blocked shot, and three recoveries. On offense he had one shot on target, one key pass, he beat six defenders on the dribble, won one aerial, drew two fouls, had 92.6% passing accuracy, and had the assist on the first Ondrasek goal.
Bryan Acosta (7.0) & Brandon Servania (7.0) - Bryan and Brandon combined to dominate possession in the middle of the pitch, and helped FCD achieve a 60% to 40% edge there. Acosta had 94.1% passing accuracy, while Servania had 95.5% passing accuracy, and they combined for six shot attempts from range.
Jesus Ferreira (7.7) - Jesus followed a poor showing last week with one of his strongest games of the season. He would help FCD expand its one goal lead with a sensational display of skill:
Jesus Ferreira picks the ball up at midfield and drives at Houston's backline before side-stepping a defender and placing it bottom corner.— Garrett Melcer (@GarrettMelcer) August 26, 2019
What a goal to become #FCDallas' outright leading scorer on 7 goals.#FCDvHOU | #DTID pic.twitter.com/jrD0TSa9B9
Jesus looks to finally be settling into his new role for the team, and here are all the touches to show you just how well that is turning out for him:
Michael Barrios (7.6) - Michael quietly had a really good game, before capping the night with his third goal of the season:
Michael Barrios bumbled his way through the Dynamo defense before pouncing on a loose ball to grab Dallas' 5th of the night.— Garrett Melcer (@GarrettMelcer) August 26, 2019
This is @FCDallas' largest margin of victory this season. #FCDvHOU | #DTID pic.twitter.com/Jrw1bk0M0V
Dominique Badji (7.3) - I know some of you don’t want to hear this, but Badji had a good game, he wasn’t amazing or anything like that, but he was a key part of the attack that scored five goals, getting an assist on the second Cobra goal.
Ricardo Pepi (6.0), Paxton Pomykal (6.4) & Bressan (6.1) - There really was no possible way for Luchi to get the subs wrong. The biggest contribution off the bench came from Pax, who looked refreshed coming off the bench.
Luchi Gonzalez (8.5) - I mean what do you give a coach after he’s lead the team to the the biggest win margin of the season, and against the teams biggest rivals? Most importantly, Luchi harnessed the energy and fire from the second half of the Montreal match, and unleashed it on the lowly Dynamo.