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Player Ratings: FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo

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FC Dallas got a disappointing result at home, but several players made sure it wasn’t a total disaster.

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In a performance that can only be described as disappointing, FC Dallas had to settle for a 1-1 draw against the visiting Houston Dynamo.

The team’s performance was mostly flat, and were it not for the play of a few, FC Dallas would have certainly suffered a home defeat.

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


Phelipe (6.5) - Bressan (6.1), Jose Martinez (6.4), Ryan Hollingshead (6.1) & Eddie Munjoma (6.1), Tanner Tessman (6.4), Bryan Acosta (7.7), Andres Ricaurte (7.1), Jader Obrian (7.0), Freddy Vargas (6.1) & Franco Jara (5.9) - I normally separate all the players by positional groups, or individually, but here I grouped all the starters together to make a point. The point being that the majority of the starting 11 were mediocre at best. Were it not for the fine performances by three players at the very heart of the formation, the final result could have been a complete disaster.

I find it shocking that with FCD’s biggest rival coming into their backyard, the majority of the starting 11 failed to play with the fire and intensity such an occasion demanded. This is my way of saying that I can completely see many of you judging these ratings as being overly generous.

Franco Jara continues the long line of disappointing DP signings, with no end in site.

Bressan was on his way to having another great defensive performance, but watched it all flushed away by giving up a PK, an avoidable one at that.

Freddy Vargas has yet to show the brilliance displayed during the preseason, and one could argue that his performances are getting worse.

You can excuse the young guys like Munjoma and Tessman for not rising to the occasion, but you’d never expect a player like Ryan Hollingshead to disappear during such a crucial encounter.

The result was not a total disaster thanks to the performance of three players. Bryan Acosta (Man of the Match) continues his redemption tour, Ricaurte is thriving now that he’s being played higher up the field, and Jader Obrian continues to live up to his goal scorer reputation. It is not a coincidence that all three combined for the equalizer


Substitutes

Ricardo Pepi (5.9), Dante Sealy (6.1), Paxton Pomykal (6.9), & Szabolcz Schon (6.2) - Paxton continues to look so good off the bench, that we’re all drooling at the thought of him getting a start. I actually felt that the remaining three reserves were not given enough time to make a difference in the match, and their low ratings has more to do with time played, as opposed to actual performance.


Luchi (6.1) - Luchi gets some of the blame for failing to motivate his players to rise up to the occasion. I also can’t help but fault him for waiting too long before going to his bench, when it was obvious that several of the starters were hurting the teams chances at getting a winning result.