Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Report Card: FC Dallas vs Philadelphia Union
By John Turnbuckle
First Touch: Two teams missing enough starters combined to make a third full side.
Second Touch: The above predicted the ugly soccer match that resulted.
The Finish: Dallas is a club desperate for something good to come their way, in the meantime grinding out a point here and there is all Hyndman is going to get from this mishmash of parts.
Hartman: 8 - Kept the side in the match when Philly decided that applying some pressure to Dallas was their best defensive move
Pertuz: 5 - Was playing a tidy match, and then like the sun rising became this week's injury victim
John: 7 - While the defense struggles overall, John is showing off new level of form
Hedges: 6 - This kid appears to be as solid as a rookie gets
Benitez: 4 - I swear he's getting paid based on attempted passes over 20 yards - successful or otherwise
Jackson: 4 - A very "meh" night for the Brazilian who still looks to be finding his chemistry with a team that never fields the same 11
Hernandez: 4 - The grizzled vet is having to work harder than ever
Marcelin: 4 - Oddly quiet and absent for much of the match
Jacobson: 5 - Great effort to support Blas, just could never complete that one creative move
Leyva: 5 - Still loses the ball too easily, looks a bit scared in 50/50 situations - but we are promised there's magic in those shoes. His set pieces are superior to Hernandez.
Perez: 6 - Simply having to come far too back to get involved. His struggles are more about the team than him
Rodriguez: 3 - A tough score for being put in a tough spot, but he really struggled. The fact Hyndman had to play someone so clearly not match fit is very telling of just how bad the roster situation is.