Congratulations to Ryan Hollingshead for earning 280 votes and the Workhorse of the Week. Chris Seitz and Maxi Urruti also had a good bunch of votes in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Okay, yeah, it's time to get a little nervous.
FC Dallas started the season strong, hit a major pothole against Houston, but seemed to be back on the mend. And then suddenly, we're here. Mauro Diaz is out again, due to some mysteriously injury. The team looks somewhat listless in attack. The defense appears to have stagnated. The lineup is a bit uncertain. And, FC Dallas gave up precious points again at home.
Against San Jose, FC Dallas should have been able to put on a performance enough for a gutsy 2-1 win, but an early goal by San Jose was enough to put the Hoops on the back foot right away. The game was always an uphill climb, and if not for two San Jose mistakes, FCD could have come away with nothing. I think it is a good thing that this team is showing a willingness to fight and claw back, but it's a bit disappointing that they have made mental mistakes early on at home. If they can't get focused and organized in their own stadium, it does not bode well for future road games.
Most worrying is the form of the defense. With Loyd starting the season from the bench and dealing with an injury or something else, Walker seemed poised to earn his spot. But he hasn't necessarily done that. Both he and Maynor have been solid at times but also absent in big moments. If FCD's offense was good enough to give up a goal or two, maybe it wouldn't matter. But right now, 2 goals, especially without Mauro, are hard-earned.
The season is early, and it's a long, tough one. No need to panic, but I wonder if that open roster spot doesn't have Clavijo and co exploring options beyond a DP striker. What about a stout CB who could bring more stability to the back line? What about someone who is ready to backup Mauro and bring some creativity to the midfield? FC Dallas can afford to be a little patient, but at some point, they may need to be creative and rearrange some pieces.
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This Week's Strong Recommendations
It's difficult to recommend someone this week. It's hard to recommend any player out of a defense that gave up two goals at home, and there were enough substitutions in the offense that no one necessarily shown through in a slog of a game. But I will give Tesho some credit for his start of the year and scoring a huge PK that gave this team life. Though the PK was easily awarded, I was nervous - it felt like a game that could have completely gone away from Dallas if that penalty had been saved.