It is time once again for a panel discussion here on Big D Soccer. Our team this week is back to discuss who they believe is FC Dallas’ midseason MVP. There are plenty of schools of thought on this one.
Our panel has a few different choices but who do you feel is the team’s MVP through 16 games?
Andy Jaeger- Mauro Diaz
As I’ve said in previous posts, Mauro Diaz is the catalyst of this team. He is the straw that stirs a lethal FCD cocktail. While his injury problems have created some concern, I feel like the only way FC Dallas ever hits its potential is with him directing things on the pitch. You cannot underestimate the chemistry between him and his South American counterparts in the front half of the field. While FC Dallas has proven that they can win without him, I feel like he needs to be healthy if this team wants to make a serious title run down the stretch.
Nathan Hill - Michael Barrios
While Fabian Castillo has been figuring things out, dealing with injuries, working around opposing defenses, or a combination of all three, Barrios has been this team’s spark plug. It's no wonder the team struggled a bit when he got injured. The team will thrive again when he returns.
Cody Gamond - Michael Barrios
Barrios has easily been this teams best player so far this season. His quality finishing and speed have won points in several games, and he has really been the antithesis to the struggling Castillo. I would like to see him get more assists going forward, but no one has been as good.
Mohammad Bushnaq - Ryan Hollingshead
Mr. Man Bun has done it all for FC Dallas this season. He has defended with a passion, contributed on the offensive side of the ball, and been an ever-present stalwart on the right side of the field. Put him at RB, put him at RM, or bring him off the bench as a super sub, Ryan has shown amazing growth this season. If the season ended today, I think he would be my pick for MVP.
Drew Epperley - Mauro Diaz
I debated this one long and hard but purely on stats I lean towards Diaz over folks like Ryan Hollingshead, Walker Zimmerman, Michael Barrios or Tesho Akindele. Maybe the question should have been most important player. Either way, Diaz may still be my answer for both. Two of Diaz’s three goals this season are game-winners and two of his team-leading five assists are game-winners as well. Point being, he has helped lead the team to victories.
Jared Tilley - Tesho Akindele
This is a no brainer choice for me. Tesho is tied for the team lead in goals with 5 and has 2 assist to go along with it. Aside from his production, when the team really needed it, he has been flexible to slide into positions to help cover for some of the other players who were hurt. Too me, the availability of Tesho is in some cases as important as the production to go along with it. Tesho has the possibility to end the season with 10 goals and 5 assists. Not bad for a guy who normally comes off the bench.