Congratulations to Kellyn Acosta for snagging the Workhorse of the Week last week, making it two times in a row. The young player continues to impress. Atiba Harris came in second.
FC Dallas came into Chicago ready to grab the Brimstone Cup and keep this strong run of form going.
Maybe they should have stayed home.
There were high hopes of 3 points in the air, but FCD gave it away in the opening six minutes with a botched defensive play by the typically stalwart Matt Hedges and Dan Kennedy. The rest of the game was a slog. While FC Dallas may have had more possession, they couldn't really generate much of anything until later in the second half. Most of their shots fizzled.
Even with a red card working in their favor, it just seemed like they couldn't maintain focus. I think the penalty called against Kellyn Acosta was, while seemingly a little soft, the right call. Acosta just seemed to relax a bit rather than look up and see what was unfolding. His challenge was late. Kudos to Chicago for coming out to play with lots of energy, even if it wasn't a particularly pretty game for them.
No one in this game shined for FC Dallas. It's going to be interesting to see who you will vote for. Did anyone do enough to generate positive feelings? Ryan Hollingshead was a massive disappointment at left back. Atiba Harris kept getting so far forward that he left his two center backs out to dry. The midfield couldn't get much going up the middle. Fabian Castillo and Michael Barrios couldn't find space. Mauro was frustrated.
For once, Oscar Pareja had no answers to Chicago's comfortable, stalwart defending, and when FCD needed a cross or a decent corner, it went missing.
By the end of the night, Rolando Escobar was taking the corners, which says everything about the kind of night Mauro Diaz and FC Dallas were having.
Remember, one solid option is "No One". Maybe no one impressed. Maybe this was simply a collective team failure. It happens. Let's hope it doesn't lead to a summer swoon.