Looking to rebound from his poor performance in Portland, Sean Johnson stepped up big time on Sunday and was instrumental in New York City FC’s 3-1 victory over FC Dallas. Several big stops defined the Atlanta, GA native’s outing as he was instumental in City grabbing all three points.
Sweat has undoubtedly looked out of sorts in his last few appearances. But the 2017 NYCFC cult hero returned to satisfying form against the Toros, even if his performance wasn’t the sexiest on the pitch.
Due to Maxime Chanot missing the contest due to “personal matters”, the 2017 USL defender of the year got the call from manager Patrick Vieira to replace the star Luxembourg center back. And the decision played dividends. Ibeagha was a constant prescence on the backline and proved a pesky adversary to Dallas’ attack on multiple occassions. And though Chanot is not expected to be dethroned from his spot any time soon, Ibeagha has made a case for why he could challenge for more minutes down the road.
The Peruvian put in an overall good shift and did what he had to more often than not. But his failure to mark Santiago Mosquera on Dallas’ lone goal of the game drops him to a sub-par, yet passing grade.
Yes, his attempt on goal is what led to the handball, which in turn led to David Villa netting his 400th career goal. However, the Swedish international was kind of a non-factor in this one. Not a bad performance, but hardly the one we know the man known as “Tinnerboom” can produce.
A case could be made for Ring being considered the best player on the team. He is that good. The Finnish Destroyer constantly helped both build from the back and snuff out the opponent’s attack all game. And, he didn’t pick up a yellow in the process!
The Venezuelan just didn’t look great on Sunday. His passing was constantly an issue — his costly turnover in the first half led to a goal and almost derailed NYCFC completely — and he failed to really make his presence known this match. He had a few quality attempts on net, but we at Hudson River Blue cannot forgive giving goals away.
The diminutive playmaker did have small spurts of brilliance throughout the game. But the Argentine did disappear completely for prolonged periods of the match. Moralez has had a really good season thus far — one could even call it great. But if he wishes to continue proving why he is worth his hefty DP price tag, performances like this can’t happen against top teams.
NYCFC’s first-ever Young DP found himself on the scoresheet for the second time this season on Sunday. And even though his goal was a tad on the opportunistic side, it was a good payoff for what would have already been another quality game.
For the first time this season, El Guaje looked every as bit as dominant as he normally has been since the team’s inaugural season. People will be talking about his penalty which gave him 400 career goals for club and country. But Villa’s second goal is a testament to his never-say-die attitude that has come to personify the Spanish legend. Quite the flawless performance if you ask me.
Jo Inge Berget
I can’t really complain too much about Berget’s performance. His hold-up play is decent and has made up for his suspect first touch. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss Ismael Tajouri-Shradi.