With 15 votes, No One won the Workhorse of the Week for that dreadful performance against New York. Here's something I never thought of happening - what if the team plays so bad that No One wins the Workhorse of the Year award? Let's put that dark thought away and hope it stays a remote possibility.
Another away game, another loss.
Toronto FC opened up their shiny stadium with a big crowd and lots of energy against FC Dallas, but here's the good news - FC Dallas came ready to play. Defensively, I thought the team played more cohesive, compact, and disciplined. Sure, they gave up a goal that should have been shut down, someway or somehow. But overall, limiting Sebastian Giovinco to mostly long range shots was a nice game plan. This is something to build upon, even if it wasn't a vital point.
Offensively, the team lacked help up top. Maximiliano Urruti started out the season hot, but he has faded quickly. Bringing Fabian Castillo off the bench was a nice roll of the dice, but Tesho Akindele didn't make a particularly strong impact. What is wild about this team is that it seems to want to go down the middle, but I feel like that kind of attacking route makes the team way too predictable at times. Somehow, Oscar Pareja and co need to figure out how to maintain width and shield the back line at the same time.
I'm not going to type a bunch more words. While a 1-0 loss is an improvement for this team, that's nothing to dwell on. Home cooking can't come soon enough.
Which FC Dallas player made a solid showing against Toronto? Vote and discuss below.
This Week's Strong Recommendations
Another very solid defensive outing for Zach - who looked like the leader he is. Some great saves again to keep this game from getting out of hand.
I'm not saying Ryan had the greatest game, but anytime you get to put in a shift as an emergency goalkeeper and even register a save, you get a nod for this award.