Oscar Pareja called Saturday night’s 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake “disciplined,” and that could be the best way to describe FC Dallas’ first three points since July 25th. It was another one of those familiar 2015 FC Dallas performances that sees everyone put a solid shift when they’re on the field, and in result, a win is earned.
Jesse Gonzalez – 7. Well done by the keeper controlling his backline, making his saves when needed and throwing Javier Morales off on the penalty. “From the last game to this game there’s a difference, he’s being more vocal,” said captain Matt Hedges. “He’ll keep growing.”
Something that fell under the radar is after the penalty hit the post, he was scrambling back into position and may have been there to stop the rebound had it been on target. First career clean sheet for the homegrown does not hurt either.
Ryan Hollingshead – 6. Performed well out of the right back position on his overlap and getting back when needed. Took a nasty knock after falling backwards into the post and started bleeding heavily out of his head. He was quickly replaced by Walker Zimmerman. Hollingshead tried to continue playing as RSL played on, but finally center official Ted Unkel stopped play. Bulldog style grit to want to continue play with a wound that would later require four stitches.
Zach Loyd – 6. Loyd played a quiet role on the night holding Real Salt Lake to no goals on the night. Back together in the center of the defense with his partner in crime Matt Hedges, and they both looked more comfortable. Had to shift back out wide after Hollingshead’s injury, still looked comfortable.
Matt Hedges – 5. His defense was good on the night, keeping the RSL attack at bay, but his rating takes a knock for what happened in the second half in front of goal. A loose ball was there for the taking right in front of Nick Rimando, Hedges had Blas Perez wide-open, but Hedges decided to try and side heel the finish. Matt, you are better than that, you cannot knock his wanting to score but Perez was wide open.
Je-Vaughn Watson – 6. Great overlap play and defense on a very active night for the Jamaican international. Always that extra pain in the side of any team’s defense.
Fabian Castillo – 8. Dangerous coming forward, and got a goal to solidify his worthiness of a Colombian national team call-up. Is pre all-star game Castillo back? Is he going to be the one that pushes Dallas into a higher seed playoff spot?
Kellyn Acosta – 5. It was a quiet night for Acosta. He had a rip from long range that would have been quiet the goal, but Rimando strong armed it away.
Victor Ulloa – 5. It was a better performance that last weekend against Vancouver, but something is still off about the homegrown Wylie, Texas product. He has to return to his old ways for FC Dallas to make a late high seed push.
Michael Barrios – 6. Barrios, or “Mikey” as Pareja calls him, did find the space that was there for him. He has been a very nice spark to this Dallas offense.
David Texieria – 6. A welcome change over the lacking Perez. Injected some energy into the attack and was very active early. Tex is proving that he can either be of use off the bench, or be stuck in the starting eleven and take the striker role on head-on. A goal is coming for the Uruguayan.
Tesho Akindele – 8. He promised Pareja he would score, and score he did. Earned a penalty kick, a weak one at that but the Canadian international converted from the spot with ease. His hold-up play was superb, something that is always overlooked. Tesho looked like 2014 striker Tesho, and that is a player that can change games.
Blas Perez – 5. Came off the bench and provided solid minutes. That was a different Blas Perez than what we had seen in recent weeks.
Walker Zimmerman – 4. Was rushed into the match after Hollingshead’s injury. Did not make a major mistake, and did not do anything special.
Rolando Escobar – 5. Escobar came in to sure up the Dallas midfield and that is exactly what he did. Good work.