We're continuing with our 2015 Position Battles series, with Part 7: Left Wing. With the wings pretty light in terms of bodies, there are really only two realistic choices here between 2014 FC Dallas MVP Fabian Castillo and second year player Ryan Hollingshead. Although this is pretty straight forward, I wouldn't write off Hollingshead getting minutes on the left here.
So let's break it down and don't forget to cast your vote down below!
Not that I really needed to show you the stats to prove that Castillo is the better of the two, but it's still interesting to take a look and compare the players the available. Obviously, Hollingshead's stats are skewed one way or another because of the lack of minutes. Either way, I wouldn't expect any of his stats would be sustainable, but his 0.86 key passes per 90 is something to build on. I would love to see Castillo's take on percentage jump by 6 points this year. It's a high risk, high reward move and if he can increase his success rate there, it'll force teams to react and scramble which obviously puts Dallas in the advantage.
Case for Castillo
Was the team's MVP in 2014 and thanks to the steady hand from Pareja, we really finally saw Fabian Castillo take several positive steps forward as a player. His 10 goals from 2014 matched his previous three season combined and certainly something we hope he can build on. He is that player who seems faster with the ball on his feet and that speed of his will force teams to stay back, affording Dallas more space in the midfield. The starting spot is his to lose.
Case for Hollingshead
The negative against Castillo will be his ability to remain consistent. No, Hollingshead doesn't have Castillo's speed, dribbling abilities or overall offensive drive, but he is reliable defensively as you'll see him constantly tracking back to help win the ball back or maintain the team's defensive shape. And most surprisingly, he made very, very few mistakes for a rookie who was one year removed from the game. If Hollingshead can continue to improve, he may have been a huge bargain from the 2013 SuperDraft. I do expect to see him get another run of games at the left spot, but only when Castillo is needed elsewhere or injured.
So what do you guys think? Vote below in the polls, sound off in the comment section. When we've covered all positions on the field, I'll tally the votes up and put together the Fan's Choice Starting XI.