The regular season finale was not necessarily a fantastic performance, but yet another solid performance against a good San Jose Earthquakes side who very well could have been in the playoffs. No one player stood out, but there were some shining moments.
Jesse Gonzalez – 6. Yet again a solid 90 minutes from the homegrown rookie. Having been thrown into the starting job in the thick of the playoff race, he has held his own and grown. He is going to be exciting to watch in the playoffs.
Ryan Hollingshead – 6. He broke out the manbun, and now FC Dallas are undefeated when Hollingshead sports a manbun. They are also a better team when he plays that great overlap role which he effectively did Sunday.
Matt Hedges – 5. He got destroyed on the San Jose goal to be blunt. Just absolutely overpowered from getting the ball, and he is not a small guy. That is just effects of his fatigue suffered over the season. The break headed into round one is well welcomed for Matt Hedges.
Zach Loyd – 6. He looked effective yet again at center back. Another solid performance. He did take a knock towards the end of the match, but looks to be fine.
Je-Vaughn Watson – 6. Matched Hollingshead’s play. The Jamaican got the job done.
Michael Barrios – 7. He absolutely shredded the San Jose left side with the help of Watson and Diaz. He’s coming into form late and will be crucial in the playoffs. Also took an elbow to the head from Marc Pelosi that probably should have been a red card, but got back up and kept playing.
Ezequiel Cirigliano – 5. After being thrown into the lineup in place of Acosta who was so effective as a dual-pivot with Ulloa, he has been effective in taking his place. Could be very useful off the bench in the playoffs.
Victor Ulloa – 8. What a night for the Wylie, Texas native. Scored his first home goal, and it could have won the shield for FC Dallas had Chicago found a late equalizer. Also the goal was part of his pure work ethic that he has shown for the club. An awesome moment for everyone involved with the club who has watched this homegrown kid grow up. Oscar Pareja said it best when he called it “graduation night” for Ulloa. The moment perfectly capped off a great regular season which saw 2915 minutes.
Fabian Castillo – 6. His play lead to the FC Dallas opener, but he was not necessarily the amazing Castillo everyone has seen at times this season. His play has been lacking lately, but there is no reason to worry heading into playoffs.
Mauro Diaz – 7. He’s back. Picking passes that only he can see, and making defenders miss as they come in. There were at least three Quakes around him at all times, and they eventually went to fouling Diaz to control him.
David Texeira – 5. Not really much to say about Tex. He did his job.
Tesho Akindele – 6. Those were some effective minutes off of the bench. Created a lot of lanes, for Diaz to feed the ball, and created havoc with the space left by Matias Perez Garcia’s bonehead red card.
Blas Perez – 4. He came on and was on the pitch. Did his job. Not much to say about the Panamanian.
Walker Zimmerman – 5. Came on in the final minutes to sure up the back line, replacing Barrios. Did the job he was called upon to do. He is becoming more of a part to do this job, and he’s done it well.