FC Dallas traveled last week to California to battle Los Angeles FC and were soundly beaten 2-0 on Wednesday night.
FC Dallas then hosted the Eastern Conference-leading New England Revolution and managed to earn a 2-1 victory.
In our first player ratings since...oh...I don’t remember when our last player ratings happened.
Note: 6 is the rating given for an average MLS performance
FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles FC Player Ratings
Well, I was actually going to give you the ratings for the whole team, but I’m not actually going to do that. It’s actually depressing to look at how bad most of the players looked against LAFC, that I don’t really want to.........cause it might lead me to start drinking.
Now, the whole team wasn’t actually...(cough)...(cough)...dog shit. There were a couple of players that stood out.
Jimmy Maurer (7.8) - Jimmy single-handedly kept this from being a complete laugher. Jimmy made six saves, with five of those coming from inside the box! Big Time Jimmy also had two successful run-outs, and one punch out, with 79% passing accuracy.
The other two players that stood out were the debuting Nkosi Tafari (6.3) and Justin Che (6.7). Both were solid in their 1st appearances with the senior team, and both delivered performances that they can build upon.
I started to think about the other player performances, but since I see myself staring at the liquor cabinet, it’s time to move on.
FC Dallas vs. New England Revolution
Jimmy Maurer (7.1) - Jimmy had a solid four saves against the Revolution.
Justin Che (6.7) - Justin had a solid performance in his second start. Justin finished with five clearances, one interception, three tackles, with 73% passing accuracy. Justin has looked equally comfortable in both the attack and defense. With back-to-back solid performances, Justin Che must be considered the front runner to securing the right back starting position.
Bressan (6.4) - While Bressan had almost identical stats to those of Che, but it was he who was beaten on the loan goal.
Nkosi Tafari (6.9) - Tafari looked far more comfortable in his second start and his performance should ease any concerns the fan base has about the depth at center back.
John Nelson (6.3) - Nelson had a solid match and the low rating has more to do with New England simply attacking the other side more.
Jader Obrian (6.0) - Jader continues to struggle and it’s a wonder why Luchi continues to start him.
Facundo Quignon (6.6) - Facundo is finally starting to look comfortable out there as he finished with 85% passing accuracy. He also won five out of eight ground duels and helped FC Dallas control the center of the field.
Bryan Acosta (6.7) - Bryan had a solid match and even showed improvement in his corner kicks delivery.
Ryan Hollingshead (7.1) - Luchi may have found his answer at left wing, as Ryan played quite well there. He had an assist on one of the Pepi goals and was a real presence on defense.
Jesus Ferreria (7.5) - It didn’t take Jesus long to round into form, and FC Dallas is all the better for it. Jesus had an assist on one of the Pepi goals and was dangerous throughout his 77 minutes of action.
Ricardo Pepi (8.7) - Pepi had his first brace with FC Dallas, and we’re all hopeful that there are many more to come.
Ricardo Pepi vs New England Revolution pic.twitter.com/22lkepHLey— Undead Kranks (@dis_possessed) June 28, 2021
Bench (6.0): No one from the bench really stood out, but they did help FC Dallas kill the match.
Luchi Gonzalez (6.8) - Luchi took some minor gambles and it paid off. I’d normally give him a much higher score for a victory, but this match could as easily finished as a draw.