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FC Dallas vs Real Salt Lake: Player Ratings

FC Dallas stunk it up on the road, yet managed to earn a point. Time for some player ratings.

FC Dallas v Real Salt Lake Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images

FC Dallas travelled to Real Salt Lake and looked fortunate to leave with a 0-0 draw.

Note: 6 is the rating given for an average MLS performance


Man of the Match: Jimmy Maurer (7.7) - Jimmy had three saves and caught three crosses. In a match where the team got a scoreless draw despite not looking good, all credit goes to the keeper for keeping the clean sheet.


Reto Ziegler (7.3) & Bressan (7.4) - The center back pair were solid, combining for five interceptions, nine clearances, and four blocked shots.

Bryan Reynolds (7.4) & Ryan Hollingshead (7.1) - The fullback pairs were even more impressive in defense, combining for five tackles, five interceptions, six clearances, and three blocked shots. They weren’t really involved on the attack, so they certainly could get a lower rating due to that.

Thiago Santos (7.4) & Tanner Tessman (6.8) - Again, another pair who faired well on defense. Not on offense, but defensively, they were solid. It’s good to see Santos looking like he did earlier in the season, and it bodes well for Tessman that he played well alongside Santos. This could be the right midfield pairing for FCD going forward.

Andres Ricaurte (6.6) & Michael Barrios (6.4) & Jesus Ferreira (6.2) & Franco Jara (6.1) - Jara continues to not score, Jesus continues his underwhelming season, and Barrios has yet to find his form. The bright side in this is that Ricaurte looked better than he has recently. Add it all together, and the attack was simply not good enough, and hasn’t been for several matches.


Bench:

Fafa Picault (6.7) - FCD looked much better in the second half, and a lot of that credit has to go to Fafa, who brought a ton of energy which was a bit contagious.

Matt Hedges (6.7) - Matt was missed, and it showed as soon as he entered the match. This team is simply more confident with Hedges anchoring the defense, and it’s a good sign for the team going forward.

Brandon Servania (6.0) & Ema Twumasi (6.0) - Both subs had almost no impact on the match, though it’s nice to see Ema get some minutes.


Coach:

Luchi Gonzalez (6.2) - Following an embarrassing loss at Nashville FC, Luchi looked to slow down the bleeding. Luchi altered his teams playing style, and went with a low block formation that was very clearly intended to get a point on the road. While none of us fans like it, it’s a style that the team will have to employ more on the road, as the playoff race winds down, and every point on the road is just as good as three points at home.