NYRB player ratings: FC Dallas

Backe calls Coundoul 'top-class'

Salou Ibrahim

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The Red Bulls somehow won a game
where FC Dallas had the run of play, the advantage in shots and double
the number of shots on goal. Saturday night’s 2-1 win would have seen
New York happy to escape with one point, let alone three. A look at the
player ratings:

GK – Bouna Coundoul – Coming
off an uneasy performance last week against Chivas USA, a game where he
was credited with an own goal for the first score, Coundoul responded
very well. He wasn’t at fault on the lone FC Dallas goal in the ninth
minute and head coach Hans Backe praised his second half performance as
“top-class.” Coundoul stopped what should have been three second-half
goals by the visitors. Rating: 9

D –
Jeremy Hall
– The second year right back seemed to struggle
with the pace and creativity coming down the left side of the FC Dallas
attack, particularly against Atiba Harris and David Ferreira when they
ventured forward. He moved well into the attack, but was rarely
rewarded for his overlapping runs. Rating: 5.5

D-
Mike Petke
– It was a long night for Petke, who had to deal
with one foray after another from the visitors as the Red Bulls’
midfield broke down time after time. Seemed a step slow all night long.
Rating: 5

D- Tim Ream
Encouraging to see that with each game the rookie Ream continues to
improve his already solid play. Had several nice balls out of the back
and held possession very well. Another good game by Ream. Rating: 7

D- Roy Miller – As part of the beleaguered
backline, it was difficult at times to judge Miller, who seemed to
constantly be scrambling. He was rarely burned though and played well
enough. Would still like to see him push forward a bit more. Rating: 6

M- Mac Kandji – It is clear from Saturday night
that Kandji is a striker and not a left midfielder but head coach Hans
Backe’s desire to get his most creative player on the field forced
Kandji to the wing. An uneasy performance by Kandji, who drew a second
half penalty but was quiet for much of the night. Rating: 5.5

M- Seth Stammler – A difficult night for Stammler
who always seemed a step behind Dallas’ central players Ferreira and
Dax McCarty. Hard to remember a moment when he was a positive in the
attack. Rating: 5

M - Joel Lindpere
– An underappreciated effort by Lindpere, who spent much of the night
tracking back defensively to cover the FC Dallas attack. He rarely
looked dangerous in the attack but was pushed so far back defensively
that it was tough for him to be creative. Rating: 6

M – Dane Richards – A second straight
disappointing match for Richards. He failed to use his speed well, sent
in few quality crosses from the wing, repeatedly missed overlaps from
Hall on the right side and didn’t man mark well as FC Dallas forced
much of their attack down their left flank. Rating: 4

F- Juan Pablo Ángel – Really tough to rate Ángel. 
His 56th-minute goal was solid but he rarely looked dangerous and
missed the night’s first penalty kick. He did, however, convert the
second one before the match ended and gave New York the win. Rating: 6

F- Salou Ibrahim – Backe’s new signing made his
home debut and looked slow, lethargic and completely out of sync.
Rarely dangerous, Red Bulls fans have to hope that he acclimates better
than this. Rating: 3

Substitutes

M-
Carl Robinson
– The defensive midfielder returned from a knee
injury and helped calm down the game a bit for New York, though FC
Dallas continued to look dangerous as the match wore on. His vision
centrally was a welcome addition to the game for New York. Rating: 5.5

M- Danleigh Borman – Some good defensive work down
the left flank helped New York neutralize FC Dallas’ attack. He won’t
get a lot of points for style, but Borman’s inclusion in the game
settled the midfield for New York. Rating: 6

M-
Sinisa Ubiparipovic
– He played just nine minutes but he set
up Angel’s second penalty attempt of the night for the game’s winning
goal. Some nice work by Ubiparipovic who played well going up and down
the right flank. Rating: 6.5

Kristian Dyer is a reporter for MLSSoccer.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.