Match Grades: FC Dallas v Alianza FC
Not much to blather on about here, but a highlighter should be swiped across the performances of Hernandez, Villar and Guarda, who simply dominated the midfield for Dallas. Villar and Guarda in particular should be given extra credit for coming through will continuously improved performances at such a critical time in Dallas' season.
Seeing FCD play in a league different from MLS is such an odd and wonderful sight, and we can only hope the front office is successful in finding ways to attract fans to the upcoming group matches.
Dallas should take great pride in the flowing praise Alianza coach, Roberto Gamarra, heaped on the club, its coaches and players after the match. "They are very good. They have a great infrastructure here. They have good players, big players, physically, technically strong. They have everything to form a good roster that any coach would want to be in charge of this team. They are very balanced all over the field. They are difficult to beat because they are a solid team."
Hartman: 8 - Didn't have to make the stunning save as in the first match, got lucky w/ the post on the chip - but remains a wall for Dallas
Loyd: 6 - Twice got murdered on a simple step over to the inside
George: 7 - Much better than the first match
Ugo: 9 - A really great performance all around
Benitez: 6 - His crosses were lacking all night and you wish he'd consider occasionally driving deep into the attacking 3rd just to change it up.
Shea: 4 - The target of a lot of attention, and he let it get to him. Hyndman needs to rest him as wear and tear is understandably showing
Chavez: 6 - So prefer him attacking from out wide than up top
Jackson: 5 - Oh how, Dallas cannot afford to lose him for a period of time
Hernandez: 7 - Free kicks aside, he's this team's driving force
Villar: 8 - Extra point because he's come so far and he's putting in 90 minutes
Guarda: 7 - Reduction of turnovers and lots of movement off the ball… Good boy.
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