Congratulations to Maximiliano Urruti, last week's Workhorse of the Week for his phenomenal performances against Portland and Kansas City. Let's hope he doesn't win too many more of these, as he starts putting more balls into the back of the net.
Well, you win some, and you lose some.
Vancouver entered this game feeling pressure but also determined to turn things around. FC Dallas came in looking to keep not just their form but the potential for good performances on the road on track. Something had to give, and for the first 45 minutes, it looked pretty evenly matched. Both teams were content to keep things disciplined, hoping for the other side to make the first mistake. If not for some poor finishing, we could be writing a bunch of other things about this match. The own goal opened the gates to Vancouver's confidence and a big result at home for the struggling club.
Are there positives to take away? I'll echo others and say it was great to see Mauro Diaz back on the pitch. It's never fun to have your best player out due to lingering, mysterious injuries. At the least, this appearance gave him some minutes in anticipation for a start this coming weekend.
I wish I could be more positive about the defense, but without Hedges, it's no mystery that the back line in't as good. I know that isn't rocket science. Still, there are plenty of corrections and learning opportunities from this game. Will Seitz remain the No. 1? Will Jesse get his spot back? How can the team improve communication? What can they do to sharpen their defense on set pieces?
Offensively, the team had its chances. Barrios, Castillo, Tesho - just about everybody had a look or two. Ousted was simply fantastic, and his confidence and anticipation got better over the course of 90 minutes. It's hard not to get frustrated when the ball isn't going in.
Pareja will likely look to shuffle the lineup again this week with more competition in various spots, as he keeps looking for the right mix to get this team competitive on the road at a suddenly awakened New York Red Bulls squad.
Anyway, vote below, keeping in mind that you can always vote for no one.
No recommendations this week - but if you think someone deserves the nod, tell us below in the comment section. And why didn't Pareja use his third sub?