Congratulations to Fabian Castillo, one of the few bright spots in that game against Colorado. He's your most recent workhorse of the week winner, and hopefully, there will continue to be more bright spots in the weeks to come.
Yes, breaking the lackluster recent form is great, but even better is crushing your in-state rival and bringing home the first (and potentially only?) hardware of the season.
FC Dallas needed some home cooking. Fabian Castillo looked rejuvenated and engaged. Mauro Diaz regained some of his poise and touch on the ball. We saw one of the most complete performances by this team in all phases, especially in defense. Preserving a clean sheet was just as important as the 3 points. There is a lot of good to take away from this game, especially for a team that has been floundering with a whole series of issues and downright miserable play.
Frankly, FC Dallas dominated Houston. We owned them. Houston had an occasional gasp for air, but they had no solutions to Fabian or to FCD's game plan. Houston looked like the team without ideas. Maybe that trade of karma and energy will carry FCD back into serious contention over this summer.
And don't discredit the challenge of dealing with a rain delay - a lot could have gone wrong for this team. But those 3 points feel really huge.
Who do you want to lift up as that overlooked, committed, hard working player? Fabian probably deserves Man of the Match honors, but who did the dirty work to blank Houston and earn a huge 3 points? Cast your vote below.
This Week's Strong Recommendations
The kid has been up and down in recent weeks, but he showed up big time on Friday night. He was calm, cool, and efficient on the ball. Right now, it doesn't feel like Ulloa is a game changer, but he doesn't have to be.
Welcome back, Matt. Once again, the Captain was all over the field, clearing out balls, challenging attackers, and getting this defense back on track.