Congratulations to Ryan Hollingshead for his great performance at home against the Montreal Impact. He dominated voting for his first win of the year. Let's give kudos to Pareja for slotting him in and shoring up the RB position.
On to this win against DC United:
I was there in the stands two years ago as I watched my beloved FC Dallas get out to a brilliant 1-0 lead only to collapse in epic fashion. I was expecting a similar kind of thing for two reasons. First, FC Dallas is not a very good team away. Second, RFK is not a fun place for them to play. How could we have hope?
On top of that, missing 7 players due to international call ups?
Here's the good news - DC United looked like the team on the road, missing players, and not up to the moment. FC Dallas absorbed pressure, and Michael Barrios took advantage of defensive lapses to get FC Dallas going early. Maxi Urruti continued his emergence as a legitimate No. 1 with a goal of his own. Chris Seitz saved a PK. Aaron Guillen made a huge start at left back and did enough to help FC Dallas preserve a clean sheet. Massive, massive result.
You have your pick of players to single out for the award this week. So vote below!
This Week's Strong Recommendations
I was initially down on Fabian, thinking he disappeared way too much in this game and hasn't looked 100%. Granted, he may not be completely 100%, but our own Jason Poon makes an excellent case for why I am so wrong.
I'm not saying Aaron had a perfect game or anything, but a start on the road in a position you normally don'y play is TOUGH as hell. The kid did alright. Good for him.
Zach returned to action and was stellar. He and Hedges looked like the tag team that served this team well in 2015. Great game for him with a bunch of clearances and blocks to help preserve the clean sheet.