Congratulations to our Workhorse of the Week against Seattle, the fan sensation Ryan Hollingshead with a shocking 45% of the vote. Victor Ulloa came in second and Zach Loyd came in third. Frankly, that is a little stunning to me. Ulloa played a much better game than Hollingshead, but the votes don't lie.
This week, we reminisce over the painful first loss in Portland.
Looking back at a game like this, it can be tough to find much positive. I, like many other fans, spend our whole week in anticipation for the next match, only to feel the spiral of sadness when treated to bad passes, little offensive cohesion, and wildly jumbled lineups. The lone goal was a nice, scrappy effort, but there wasn't much else to be excited about. FCD looked gassed after the first 45 minutes and had little answer to Portland's solid finishing.
At least Pareja tried to keep his squad's spirits up at the end with a little gamesmanship.
Still, not everyone's play was a miserable affair. Who stood out to you? Which player hustled all over the field despite the deepening goal deficit? Which FCD man exemplified the workhorse mentality of this squad? Cast your vote below, and share your thoughts in the comment section.
This Week's Strong Candidates
BigD has already covered this kid's game, both its strengths and its weaknesses. Our own Jason Poon did a good job breaking down some of the good and bad. But at the end of the day, Ulloa was one of the best players out there for FCD. He fought hard against a talented team in a difficult environment. Sure, we'd like to see some more quality and poise in the attacking half, but right now, the kid knows his role and will do whatever dirty work in midfield necessary to keep his team in the game. He stood out against Portland to me.
Saddled next to David Texeira, Tesho Akindele seemed the lone offensive bright spot for FCD. Portland managed to cover up any chance Fabian Castillo had of making a difference, so it was Tesho who served all these different capacities - target man, winger, attacking mid, and more. His goal of the night was all about being in the right place at the right time. It was scrappy, but it gave the team hope. I love this kid.
This may seem like a slight shock, but I loved Zimmerman's play in this one. He was far from perfect. He continues to show a weakness of either not positioning himself or anticipating the speed of opponents, but he cleared so many headers in this game that I thought he might need to get checked out afterwards. He was a monster in the air and showed a lot more confidence than I think we have ever seen. Keep in mind - Portland is an incredibly difficult place to play with the crowd, bad pitch, and physical nature of its team. The kid did alright in that environment.
Zach Pfeffer will likely be giving Tex a call to see how he threw that elbow and didn't get a red. You can't fault the guy for leaving a mark on the game. But in truth, the video clip below sums up my full argument for David Texeira as Workhorse of the Week.