Congratulations to Maxi Urruti for another Workhorse nod with his hard work to keep FC Dallas in the hunt last weekend. Mauro Diaz came in second.
We have the Shield!
FC Dallas went into Los Angeles off of an incredibly 5 goal comeback against CD Suchitepequez. Legs had to be tired. Emotions were high. All they needed was a draw, any sort of draw, 0-0, 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, whatever. Even if Colorado won their game against Houston (which they didn't), FC Dallas would have still claimed the Shield anyway. It was a great position to be in, but it meant that the team had to go into this one with the right kind of balance.
If not for a pesky post, Atiba Harris might have put FC Dallas up one goal, which would have been icing, but a weaker LA side and a defense first performance ended up being more than enough.
In our staff Slack chat, the first good sign of the evening was news that Houston scored at Colorado, a goal that gave FC Dallas a little breathing room.
The second sign was that FC Dallas didn't show any loss of focus at Stubhub. They came to play and grab a result with the kind of gutsy, hard fought effort that makes you love this team and its defense.
Congratulations all around!
You can take your pick for the Workhorse nod this week, but here are a few thoughts:
- Maxi Urruti is never going to be a golden boot winner, but he has really clicked with this team. His hard work, if nothing else, sets an example for the younger players on this team. It's hard to bench the guy even if he isn't pouring in the goals like you might want. He does a lot of other things well.
- Tesho Akindele may have hit his ceiling. I think Tesho is a heck of a guy. He seems to fit with this locker room and works hard for his opportunities, but barring some kind of minor miracle, I'm not sure he needs to start from here on out. Pareja has given him plenty of opportunity. He probably works best as a bench option on this team.
- The MLS Cup is going to run through our defense. If we can shut out opponents, anything can happen. Barrios needs one decent look. Urruti might dazzle us at any moment. Rosales might be the secret weapon.
Vote below, and celebrate that Shield!