FC Dallas went out against Minnesota United and delivered a 3-1 victory in front of the home faithful. It was a much needed win, for a team that until this match, had looked like a team heading nowhere.
Note: 6 is the rating given for an average MLS performance
Man of the Match: Fafa Picault (7.8) - Fafa had one of the most dominant first halves that we have seen from a left winger since he who shall not be named played for FCD.
He struck early and set the tone for the first half, as he caused all sorts of trouble for the Loons. Fafa would continue to run roughshod over the Minnesota defense for the remainder of the first half, and his play would eventually set up the second FCD goal of the match.
Unfortunately, he would end up having to leave the match in the 78th minute, following what looked to be a hamstring injury. We wish Fafa gets well soon. Fafa would make the MLS Team of the Week.
Jimmy Maurer (6.7) - Jimmy continues to play well, finishing with three saves and one goal allowed. Maurer was happy to get a pair of assists from the cross bar.
Matt Hedges (6.8) - Matt wasn’t as dominant as he was last week, but he didn’t have to be. Hedges finished with five interceptions, four clearances, three blocked shots, two aerials won, six recoveries, and 83.9% passing accuracy.
Reto Ziegler (7.6) - Reto was rock solid in the back, finishing with one tackle, two interceptions, three clearances, one blocked shot, two aerials won, one recovery, 91.1% passing accuracy...oh yeah, and this
Ryan Hollingshead (7.0) - Nobody else but Ryan could come back from a long absence, get asked to play out of position, and still manage to not skip a beat. We didn’t miss Reggie Cannon against the Loons, and that should tell you just how good Ryan played at right back.
John Nelson (6.2) - Nelson continues to play well at left back without standing out. He was solid all around, and looks to be growing in confidence with each passing game.
Thiago Santos (6.9) - Thiago was a beast in the first half, and was relentlessly hounding the Loon midfielders. The stats may not show that, but if you saw the match, you saw Santos everywhere defensively.
Bryan Acosta (7.2) - Acosta finally showed the kind of attacking ability that we have been demanding to see from him. He was very effective in the first half at getting forward, and getting involved in the attack, finishing with an assist on the Picault goal. Sure that goal was all Fafa, but Bryan sprung him with a beautiful long ball. Acosta did fade in the second half, but not enough to take away the luster on his performance.
Jesus Ferreira (7.4) - It’s so good to finally see Jesus get back some of his mojo:
First career start for 17 year old Ricardo Pepi and he grabs an assist! Great to see Jesus Ferreira bag his first of the season as well ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/t6BNsnKAn3— Future USMNT (@FutureUsmnt) August 30, 2020
If FCD is to overcome it’s scoring troubles for the remainder of the season, we’ll need to see more of that from Jesus.
Pepi (6.6) - Pepi with his first MLS start was a huge highlight on the night. The kid didn’t disappoint either, getting the assist on what would be the game winning goal.
Zdenek Ondrasek (6.1) - Kobra was the the one attacker that didn’t have a good day, fortunately FCD didn’t need him to score this week.
Michael Barrios (6.4) - Barrios came in and did exactly what he was brought in to do, and that is to run at defenders with tired legs. All that running paid off at the end, as Barrios drew a foul in the box, earning the PK that Reto would go on to convert.
Franco Jara (6.1) - Jara had almost as many touches on the ball as Kobra, in half the time. Still wish Reto would have let Franco take the PK, just so he could get on the score board.
Brandon Servania (6.1) - Brandon never really got into the match, and had a solid yet uneventful match performance.
Bressan (6.5) - Bressan’s entrance signaled a switch in formation to the 5-3-2, and helped put out the fire of the Loon attack. This is the second match in a row that Bressan has looked really good.
Bryan Reynolds (6.1) - Reynolds finally got some minutes of action, and despite being positioned forward, actually helped out a couple of times on defense.
Luchi Gonzalez (6.9) - Luchi came out with a winning game plan in the first half, finally deploying his preferred 4-3-3 formation. It was no surprise then, that his team looked the most fluid and comfortable since the return to play. Still, Luchi looked to have been caught off guard by the aggressive change in personnel and tactics, deployed by the Loons in the second half. The match looked to be getting away from FCD, before Luchi finally used a late change in formation to put the match away.