A lot of praise is given to FC Dallas' star players like Fabian Castillo or Mauro Diaz, but depth and versatility will be the reason this squad potentially wins silverware.
It's not a secret Dallas chooses to spread the wealth around the squad instead of bringing in big name Designated Players like Didier Drogba, Steven Gerrard, or David Villa.
FCD president Dan Hunt, technical director Fernando Clavijo, and head coach Oscar Pareja have made it clear in the past that this team's philosophy is to build from within, believing they can develop the already deep talent pool in North Texas.
That strategy is starting to prove true more than ever this season. FC Dallas leads MLS in Homegrown minutes played by a long shot. Other than the two players on loan (Otis Earle and Danny Garcia) and recently acquired Bakary Soumare, every player on the roster has played minutes this season.
"We are a team," Pareja said. "We are a team that is made up of professionals who are contributing to a unit."
Every player on the roster knows they have a chance to play and contribute. No one knows this better than Michel, who has been a huge part of this club for the past years, but had a poor start to the season, resulting in him being benched and replaced by Kellyn Acosta in the midfield.
Before last Saturday night, Michel had not played since early July, being used as a substitute in Orlando. He didn't start a game since late June in Colorado. But, his name was called on and he stepped up when midfielder Victor Ulloa wasn't available, scoring a goal and adding an assist.
"We never know when the opportunity is coming," Michel answered when asked about returning to the pitch. "[Friday] Victor was ready to play, and [Saturday] he wasn't. Every time the coach and the team need me, I will be ready to help this team."
The mentality that Michel has echoes around the Dallas locker room. The players understand that it's part of being a professional athlete.
Not only do the players all have that mentality, but they all buy in to what Pareja is doing with this club.
"We know Oscar's system and how to play," Acosta said of his teammates taking advantage of the opportunities given to them. "He just looks at us as another player. He has confidence in everybody. Anyone can step in. Everyone knows the system and anyone can play in any position at any time."