The Report Card: FC Dallas v Montreal Impact
Second Touch: Hyndman's shift back to a 4-1-4-1 put players back in natural spots and his side looked far more comfortable, even having to fight back from a surprise deficit and a bad night of refereeing
The Finish: With roster struggles continuing FCD pulls a second straight late game dramatic from its sock for a good crowd and Shea sticks the other sock in Davey Arnaund's whiny cake hole.
Hartman: 7 - He's the great Hartman, but the late game incident was all of his own making in trying to kill time and play the ball instead of catching it. His demonstration afterwards looks very exaggerated when you see the replay, and silly too.
Loyd: 7 - Started at left back in the 4-4-2, moved back to right back in 2nd half. Solid night overall, but his crossing from the left was not good enough (that's picky)…
Pertuz: 6 - Picked up a knock early that coach says he fought through, would explain a couple of his odd moments and refusal to get into attack when coaches were demanding he did so.
John: 7 - Continues to show new things, one assumes, he picked up while in England. Would easily be MLS best if he can improve attacking passes of 15+ yards.
Ugo: 7 - He and John worked well to keep Corradi in offside spots, Ugo was far more careful with the ball…Other than that near disaster pass late in the match.
Rodriguez: 6 - At right mid he's generally tidy, but doesn't get involved enough. Was really solid at left back (his more natural spot) in the 2nd.
Shea: 7 - Some might argue he deserves better for the late match dramatics. While Brek was improved from the last few outings, he is held to a higher standard. Many moments he looked more determined to grab control, but many of those ended in bad decisions, turnovers or a poor touch letting him down. If Brek is the Euro quality player he is touted to be, a grade of "7" is pretty generous for this particular performance.
Jacobson: 4 - He was hacked hard twice and came out of the match due to that, but he and Hernandez struggled as holding mids in the first half. AJ's season continues to ask if he's the right guy for FCD.
Hernandez: 6 - The score is the result of his fight late in the match when he was obviously battered, the outstanding free kick that led to the tying goal and his improved distribution (mostly in 2nd half)
Castillo: 6 - His final touch of the match was his best and darned important. Prior to that he struggled to make an impact on the match. Let's not talk about the late 1v1 missed shot.
Perez: 8 - Still not getting enough opportunities to score, but that is not a fault of Blas' effort or work rate. Like Hyndman commented after the match, "What would this team have been like in prior seasons if we'd had Blas?" MotM and climbing the pole of All Time Dallas greats.
Guarda: 6 - Playing that attacking spot is not his forte, but he did some good work coming back deep to help defend. Put in a helpful, but not impactful 45 minutes
Warshaw: 7 - Impressively tidy 45 minutes with some smart possessive passing and covering a lot of ground. Had to work extra hard in final 15 minutes to help an injured Daniel.
Hedges: n/a - Thrown in very late just to help cover for Daniel in the midfield
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