Congratulations to Matt Hedges for claiming last week's Workhorse of the Week by a margin of one vote. The tally was split up pretty evenly across a number of players, a heck of a good sign as the team rebounds from a dismal August.
Back to the present, THREE POINTS, BABY!
Away wins are like unicorns to FC Dallas. They are so few and far between, that fans likely wonder if they even exist. And yet they do. On Sunday evening, FC Dallas walked into Crew stadium and grabbed one of the elusive beasts for their own. It couldn't have come at a better time.
After a disappointing August, FC Dallas is getting back into gear. Role players are stepping up and delivering just enough to help this team get results. With a dire schedule ahead, this team needs serious momentum to keep its playoff spot tied up. There will be little room for error.
Getting 3 goals from guys like Michael Barrios, David Texeira, and Atiba Harris is what championship teams do. I don't want to get ahead of myself here, but we've seen that kind of play year after year from champions like Sporting Kansas City and LA Galaxy. They know how to get the most out of depth, especially in tough moments in a season. The next few games are begging for unknown players to step up with a big moment or two.
Against Columbus, Oscar Pareja showed why he is one of the most exciting coaches in the league. Both teams were depleted, but Pareja rolled the dice and played his pieces in just the right way to get not just a slight win but a huge win. It's a confidence boost. It should show this team what they can be capable of when they work their ass off, even in a tough environment.
With all those nice words out of the way though, cast your vote for this week's Workhorse of the Week. Who stood out to you in the win against Columbus? Which player worked hard to get and preserve the result? Who deserves some accolades despite not showing up in the box score?
This Week's Strong Recommendations
Okay, Texeira showed up in the box score in a huge way. A goal and an assist. Very nice game from Tex. Outside of that though, Texeira showed a glimpse of what this team needs from its forward. Blas Perez has just not gotten going this season, and it may be a factor of age and international duty. Regardless, this team is not going to go far into the post season without a forward doing all kinds of dirty work, creating space for teammates and winning balls. David Texeira did both of those things, capping it with some offensive work to call his own. Great game.
Vote for Matt. He's a beast. He's a force of nature. He's likely FC Dallas' best player. He makes his teammates better. While he did get called for a lame penalty, his sheer presence probably rattled Higuain's concentration, forcing him to put the PK wide. Massive game from Matt.
Vote for Zach. He's all over the field, fearless and precise. He single-handedly prevented Columbus from getting back into this game with tidy and sometimes desperate work in the back. He is playing at the top of his ability right now.