Is the season really over?
As Portland continues to celebrate their first championship, we are left to wonder what might have been to a disappointing end to a long, difficult, and exciting season. It doesn't mean though we can't hand out a little hardware of our own. It's time to settle the matter of our Workhorse of the Season.
But first, thank you! Thanks for participating in my new award series here on BigD. Yes, we'll be back in 2016 to journey through the season and tag those players who exemplified the hard working energy and spirit of this team. Your comments and votes made each week an exciting experiment. More than once, my pick didn't win. More than once, many votes solidified around a clear favorite and winner with whom no one could argue.
If you missed any votes or commentary, feel free to search for "Workhorse of the Week" and go through the archives to get a feel for the ups and downs of FC Dallas' season.
I went back and tallied all the second half of the season's vote results with our midseason tally. Here's the updated numbers:
- Kellyn Acosta - 8
- Fabian Castillo - 1
- Jesse Gonzalez - 1
- Matt Hedges - 5
- Ryan Hollingshead - 8
- Dan Kennedy - 1
- Zach Loyd - 5
- Michael Barrios - 2
- No One - 3
- Victor Ulloa - 3
- Je-Vaughn Watson - 2
- Walker Zimmerman - 2
Congratulations to Kellyn Acosta and Ryan Hollingshead for being co-sharers of this year's Workhorse of the Year tally with 8 weekly awards to their name.
But our work doesn't end there. We need to separate them, so I've taken the top four vote getters and given you an opportunity to vote one more time on the one player who really should go home with the crown. There can be only one, right?
Before you vote, jump down to the comments and see what others are suggesting.
What I Noticed:
In the midseason update, I pointed out how perennial guys like Zach Loyd and Matt Hedges, who likely should earn this award easily hadn't won many weekly nods for their hard work. That did change over the second half of the season, with Matt earning 3 Workhorse awards and Zach with 2. We also saw the sudden emergence of Michael Barrios and Jesse Gonzalez, which just goes to show how this team continued to find people ready to step in and contribute in big ways.
In the end though, it was a two horse race with Kellyn and Ryan flashing a consistent amount of talent, skill, and energy to take the most wins over the course of the season. And that's surprising, since both players did not play the full season. Ryan started out hot, disappeared quite a bit in the middle of the season, and then remerged as Pareja's preferred left back. Kellyn missed out due to both injury and international call-ups, making it all the more interesting to see what he might do with more games under his belt. Both of these guys are young and have yet to hit their ceiling, we hope.
Enough with my armchair philosophizing, jump into the discussion and tell us which player really deserves to win the Workhorse of the Season.