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Workhorse of the Week vs. Sporting Kansas City

Yuck. 3 defensive midfielders? Was Pareja taking a page from Pablo Mastroeni's coaching style? It wasn't a great night for FCD, but come inside anyway and vote for this week's Workhorse.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to Kellyn Acosta for another runaway Workhorse of the Week win last week. Good stuff.

FC Dallas has never tasted much success at Sporting Kansas City. The dice, cards, tea leaves, or whatever just never seem to fall our way, even with a defensive-minded approach. Last week, there was no new chapter written even as FCD seemed poised to stay in serious contention for the Supporter's Shield. Sporting Kansas City dominated, taking advantage of FCD's mental mistakes and grabbing a huge 3-1 win.

I'm not sure what to write about the game.

Pareja came out with a defense-minded approach, giving Cirigliano his first start. Maybe Pareja was hoping to eke out a crucial draw. Maybe Pareja saw this game as a lose/lose gamble. Maybe Pareja just wanted to rest some weary legs for big games ahead. Whatever his plan was, it didn't work.

I can't really believe that any coach would "forfeit" a game. How do you tell professionals that? You can't without losing some respect. So, I assume he put out a lineup in hopes that it would take advantage of some weakness he saw in SKC's recent form. The reverse ultimately happened.

On the other side of the pitch, Vermes is a coach that more and more people are going to be taking note of. He is doing pretty darn good things with his team, getting a lot out of young players and making washed up veterans look USMNT-worthy. Keep in mind though that it took Vermes a few seasons to get his team to this level. Pareja deserves the same amount of time before we see the... uhhh... puzzle chess pieces lineup in the same way for FCD.

So, go ahead and vote for the best performance you saw from FCD, if there was one.

Who was your Workhorse of the Week?

This Week's Strong Recommendations

Victor Ulloa

He grabbed his first MLS goal, a sign of his energy and determination to get something going for his team. He's worthy of a vote.

Jesse Gonzales

Jesse saves! Another solid performance from this emerging keeper who at some point may make the position his own.