Congratulations to Fabian Castillo for his solid, defensive performance to help FC Dallas to the full 3 points on the road at DC United. He's not one we normally see up for this award, so good for him. Hopefully, it's a sign of more maturation to come.
On to last Saturday's home game against the Columbus Crew, most commentators have been wondering when Columbus would get over its early season poor run of form. On Saturday night, they looked for the most part a team that is ready to contend. An early goal off of a corner kick put FC Dallas on the back foot. For large stretches, the Crew looked the stronger team, while FC Dallas struggled without Mauro Diaz. Luckily, Maximiliano Urruti and Tesho Akindele bailed out what would have otherwise been a real disaster.
Should we fans be happy with a point in a tough draw? Yes and no. On one hand, FC Dallas is going to have those games where things don't go their way, and they need to figure out how to come from behind and grab something from the game. And yet, this was a home game. Even without Mauro, FC Dallas should be good for a couple of goals. There was plenty lacking in their approach to the game. Let's hope Pareja can keep tweaking the lineup to figure out what to do when our "magical little unicorn" is out of the lineup.
Well, get to it - vote on your Workhorse of the Week below.
This Week's Strong Recommendations
While Maxi did not end up with an assist, he was the most potent offensive force for FC Dallas. He worked hard and seems to relish the opportunity to get in form as FCD's No. 1. Without Mauro, Maxi gave us at least a glimpse of how he can be a real engine for this team. Great stuff!
The guy was great, probably Man of the Match material more than Workhorse material. Put someone else in goal, and well, it wouldn't have been pretty.
When announcers are pointing out how Ryan, starting at RB, is one of the more potent offensive forces for FC Dallas, you are doing good things. I'm not saying his game was perfect, but he is relentless and such a hard worker that it makes up for a lot of flaws. Another solid game from Ryan.