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Big D Soccer Awards: Who earned the Workhorse of the Year?

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It’s time to vote for the big one - the Workhorse of the Season for FC Dallas.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas still has reason to be hopeful and to celebrate the franchise’s most successful season in their history, winning both the US Open Cup and the Supporter’s Shield.

Now, it’s time to turn our attention to the more important awards, namely, the Workhorse of the Season.

Yes, over the course of this season, we voted time and time again for the players on FC Dallas’ ever-changing rosters who exemplified the kind of fighting spirit that we come to love and cherish. Thank you for each vote. Thank you for each post in the comment section to tell me how wrong or right I was. I appreciated them all.

We saw celebrated many names over the course of the season:

  • The hard-working Maximiliano Urruti, who ended the season with a decent 9 goals and 4 assists, but ran his Argentinian legs ragged for this team. He’ll be around next season, either as a backup to a big name signing (who am I kidding) or once again as our main striker. Let’s hope he shows further improvement under Pareja’s careful tutelage.
  • Let’s not forget our midfield trio of Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta, and Victor Ulloa. Each of these guys showed heart and commanded the best midfield in the league. Each had their moments to shine. You can’t doubt their hard work.
  • Throw love also on our defense, starting with the goalkeeper, Chris Seitz, who won a few Workhorse of the Week awards over the course of the season. Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman make up one of the better CB duos in the league, even if Walker struggled against Seattle in the playoff series. All three are deserving of the big prize.
  • Or maybe you want to highlight someone else - Atiba Harris or Maynor Figueroa or jack-of-all-trades Ryan Hollingshead? I won’t complain.

Going with my gut, I’m suggesting Chris Seitz for this award. A week or two ago, I was going to toss up Carlos Gruezo or Matt Hedges, maybe Urruti. But after thinking about, Chris was the surprise of the season. Many of us wondered if Jesse Gonzalez was going to break out as the starting keeper again, but Seitz was dominant, a real force for this team. We don’t get as far as we did without Seitz doing his yeoman’s work in between the posts. He won’t be thought of as the best keeper in the league, and that’s a shame. Sure, he had his tough outings, but FCD owes lots of their success to his hard work.

For this final vote, I only included the players above, leaving out more of our offensive players who managed to chip in goals and assists. So, as much as I love Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz, and Tesho Akindele (and others), this is an award for the unsung heroes who don’t get the spotlight or the love.