After their key plays over the weekend, Kenny Cooper and Michel found themselves among the weekly Castrol Index Top Performers and Team of the Week honorees, respectively.
Michel’s strong play in Saturday’s game against Seattle, including his olimpico goal and his service on Cooper's goal, earned him a spot on MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week. Read what Nicholas Rosano had to say about Michel below.
MF: Michel (FC Dallas) – His prowess on set pieces was on display once more in Seattle, where he scored an olimpico and delivered an assist for Dallas' other goal on the night. Complemented this with another strong performance in the center of the park.
Meanwhile, Cooper’s goal earned him the #9 spot on the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20. The forward’s set piece goal in the 54th minute put FC Dallas on the scoreboard, setting the stage for Michel's game-tying olimpico.
Castrol Index Week 12 Top 10 Performers
|1||Eddie Johnson||Forward||Seattle Sounders FC||90||FC Dallas||1,838|
|2||Landon Donovan||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||Philadelphia Union||1,683|
|3||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Toronto FC||1,653|
|4||Lamar Neagle||Midfielder||Seattle Sounders FC||90||FC Dallas||1,568|
|5||Luis Robles||Goalkeeper||New York Red Bulls||90||LA Galaxy||1,415|
|6||Zac MacMath||Goalkeeper||Philadelphia Union||90||Chicago Fire||1,317|
|7||José Correa||Forward||Chivas USA||90||Real Salt Lake||1,236|
|8||Nathan Sturgis||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,145|
|9||Kenny Cooper||Forward||FC Dallas||64||Seattle Sounders||1,058|
|10||Tim Cahill||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||LA Galaxy||1,023|
FC Dallas midfielder Michel is nominated for the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week for his olimpico againts Seattle Sounders FC Saturday night and rookie defender London Woodberry is up for MLS Save of the Week for his goal-line clearance of a Lamar Neagle header just two minutes earlier.
You can see all the nominees for Goal of the Week and Save of the Week in the videos below and vote for your FC Dallas nominees in the polls to the right.
FC Dallas forward Blas Perez and defender George John were ranked among the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 performers for Week 8 in Major League Soccer following the team's 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Perez checked in at number four in this week's Castrol Index after scoring his third goal of the season in Week 8 and registering four shots on goal vs. Whitecaps FC. Super Raton's goal came in the 50th minute of the match after he got a head to Kenny Cooper's deflected shot and redirected the ball past goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
John landed at number 11 in this week's Index. The big center back played the full 90 minutes against Vancouver and was occupying defender Brad Rusin on FCD's corner kick attempt in the 29th minute, during which Rusin scored an own goal following David Ferreira's service. John also made a goal-line clearance in the 41st minute to help maintain the clean sheet.
Castrol Index Week 8 Top 20 Performers
|1||Thierry Henry||Forward||New York Red Bulls||90||New England Revolution||2,056|
|2||Jack McInerney||Forward||Philadelphia Union||76||D.C. United||1,583|
|3||Jimmy Nielsen||Goalkeeper||Sporting Kansas City||90||New York Red Bulls||1,521|
|4||Blas Pérez||Forward||FC Dallas||89||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,451|
|5||Nick Rimando||Goalkeeper||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,381|
|6||Michael Gspurning||Goalkeeper||Seattle Sounders FC||90||Colorado Rapids||1,351|
|7||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||Real Salt Lake||1,329|
|8||Andy Gruenebaum||Goalkeeper||Columbus Crew||90||Chicago Fire||1,319|
|9||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||San Jose Earthquakes||1,293|
|10||Marcelo Sarvas||Midfielder||LA Galaxy||90||Sporting Kansas City||1,258|
|11||George John||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,183|
|12||Patrick Nyarko||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||86||Columbus Crew||1,147|
|13||Gonzalo Segares||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,142|
|14||Jeff Larentowicz||Midfielder||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,134|
|15||Javier Morales||Midfielder||Real Salt Lake||90||Chivas USA||1,114|
|16||Jonny Steele||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||90||New England Revolution||1,094|
|17||Lionard Pajoy||Forward||D.C. United||90||Philadelphia Union||1,091|
|18||Aurélien Collin||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||New York Red Bulls||1,063|
|19||Austin Berry||Defender||Chicago Fire||90||Columbus Crew||1,059|
|20||Justin Braun||Forward||Toronto FC||90||Houston Dynamo||1,010|
You can see the full Castrol Index report from Week 8 here.
George John may have scored the game-winning goal against the LA Galaxy, but center back partner Matt Hedges' defensive performance Saturday earned him Team of the Week honors for Week 7. Hedges had a game-high nine clearances and posted a succesful pass rate of 94% (identical to John's), completing 30 of 32 passes. Hedges was also named one of MLSsoccer.com's top three Men of the Match in the post-game recap.
DF: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – George John may have gotten the goal and the glory in FCD’s 1-0 win over the Galaxy, but Hedges was the best defender on the field, making plenty of timely interventions to keep LA off the board.
See the full Team of the Week here.
Letting a two-goal lead slip away with under ten minutes left makes for a long trip home no matter the opponent.
Still, despite coming away from Canada with the solitary point, Zach Loyd knows earning four points from consecutive road games against TFC and New England is an acceptable overall result.
"We come out [of the road trip] with four points, so from that perspective it was a great road trip," Loyd said after Saturday's game. "It was frustrating not to get the six points after being up two goals, but we are very happy to come away with four points. Now, we get two home games where we hope to win both of them and stay at the top of the table."
Before Justin Braun's 85th minute header ended the defensive shutout streak at 272 minutes, the Dallas defense held TFC to just three speculative shots on goal, but unfortunately all that will be remembered is the two late strikes from the home side.
"We got a two goal lead, but we kind of took our foot off the pedal and started sitting in and tried to kill the game instead of continuing to play," said Loyd. "We took a lot of pressure in the last 30 minutes and I tip my hat to Toronto, they were down two goals and they showed a lot of resilience to come back and get two goals."
With LA - a team known for late goals - coming to town on Saturday night, late-game defense will certainly be a focus this week as Dallas looks for three points on Saturday to widen their first-place lead in the Western Conference.
"Going forward with leads we need to not take our foot off the pedal and keep possession," said Loyd.
After making five saves in FC Dallas' shutout win over the New England Revolution on Saturday, Peruvian goalkeeper Raul Fernandez was ranked number one in the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 for Week 5. Fernandez becomes the first FC Dallas player to claim the Index's top ranking in 2013.
Captain David Ferreira also made it into the Top 10 this week, as he landed at number nine on the list.
Castrol Index Week 5 Top 20 Performers
|1||Raúl Fernández||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||New England Revolution||1,443|
|2||Mike Magee||Midfielder||Los Angeles Galaxy||90||Toronto FC||1,430|
|3||Robbie Findley||Forward||Real Salt Lake||14||Seattle Sounders FC||1,162|
|4||Eric Avila||Midfielder||Chivas USA||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,144|
|5||Devon Sandoval||Forward||Real Salt Lake||90||Seattle Sounders FC||1,101|
|6||Will Johnson||Midfielder||Portland Timbers||90||Colorado Rapids||1,001|
|7||Will Bruin||Forward||Houston Dynamo||82||San Jose Earthquakes||965|
|8||Tally Hall||Goalkeeper||Houston Dynamo||90||San Jose Earthquakes||960|
|9||David Ferreira||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||New England Revolution||929|
|10||Jon Busch||Goalkeeper||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Houston Dynamo||919|
You can see the full Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 list from Week 5 here.
David Ferreira is in the running for MLSsoccer.com's Top 3 Performers of the Month for his output through five games in March.
The FC Dallas captain scored a goal or an assist in four of FCD's first five matches. Ferreira's lone goal came in the club's only loss of the season, 3-1, to Chivas USA.
El Torito also set up FCD's game-winning goals against the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution, with his third assist of the month coming on Dallas' second goal in a 3-2 win over the Houston Dynamo.
You can vote for Ferriera to be one of the Top 3 Performers of the Month here.
MLSsoccer.com's Greg Lalas breaks down Fabian Castillo's game-winning goal against Real Salt Lake in this week's Anatomy of a Goal:
FC Dallas players Jackson and Fabian Castillo were named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 4. This is Jackson's second time this season - and second straight week - to be named to the Team of the Week, and the first for Castillo in 2013. You can read Nicholas Rosano's explanations of why they made the cut below:
MF: Jackson (FC Dallas) – Worked tirelessly as usual up and down the flanks, and his hard work and pressure were rewarded when he stripped Josh Saunders for Dallas' second goal. Also fed Fabián Castillo on the FCD opener.
MF: Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – At his electric best in Dallas' win over RSL on Saturday. Torched Lovel Palmer and fired an unusual but effective high, near-post shot to open the scoring.
See the full Team of the Week here.
What do you think? Should any other FC Dallas players have made the cut this week for their performance against Real Salt Lake?
For the second straight week, three FC Dallas players made the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 Performers list following FCD's 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake in Week 4. Last week it was Dallas' three goalscorers; George John, Andrew Jacobson and Kenny Cooper. This week goalkeeper Chris Seitz claimed the number four spot after posting a shutout in his 2013 debut; midfielder Jackson checks in at number five after registering an assist and a goal in the win; and center back Matt Hedges' lunging block of what surely would've been Devon Sandoval's game-tying goal in the 77th minute landed him at number 12.
Castrol Index Week 4 Top 20 Performers
|1||Jack McBean||Forward||LA Galaxy||90||Colorado Rapids||1,696|
|2||Jon Busch||Goalkeeper||San Jose Earthquakes||90||Seattle Sounders||1,485|
|3||Matt Reis||Goalkeeper||New England Revolution||90||Sporting KC||1,484|
|4||Chris Seitz||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||Real Salt Lake||1,313|
|5||Jackson||Midfielder||FC Dallas||90||Real Salt Lake||1,258|
|6||Troy Perkins||Goalkeeper||Montreal Impact||90||New York Red Bulls||1,207|
|7||Clinton Irwin||Goalkeeper||Colorado Rapids||90||LA Galaxy||1,146|
|8||Josh Williams||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||D.C. United||1,138|
|9||Tyson Wahl||Defender||Columbus Crew||90||D.C. United||1,123|
|10||Warren Creavalle||Defender||Houston Dynamo||90||Vancouver Whitecaps||1,115|
|11||Ben Speas||Midfielder||Columbus Crew||88||D.C. United||1,081|
|12||Matt Hedges||Defender||FC Dallas||90||Real Salt Lake||1,070|
You can see the full Castrol Index Week 4 Top 20 Performers here.