Congratulations to Walker Zimmerman for winning last week's Workhorse nod. There were a solid amount of votes cast across several players, including Maxi Urruti and Matt Hedges. All deserving solid votes.
This past week was a tough one. Let's put it in context. After a tough win on the road at San Jose, FC Dallas stayed on the west coast to prepare for a game against the lowly Seattle Sounders. They knew they were returning home for a big game and also faced another dense schedule the following week with a midweek game at Houston and a road game against Western Conference rivals Colorado. Something had to give.
Sure, I was disappointed to see the lineup that Oscar trotted out - I had hoped FC Dallas could have been the team to further sink Seattle's chances at the playoffs. In retrospect, Pareja was right. Some of the squad needed a rest. It was an opportunity to introduce some new faces and give them more minutes in preparation for games down the road. I doubt it was a statement of disrespect to Seattle, just a reality that at some point FCD needed to find a way to give some guys a night off.
Had FCD lost against San Jose, we might not have seen a B team lineup, but we don't know. While the end result was pretty predictable and miserable with FCD giving up 5 goals in an absolute drubbing, FC Dallas took care of business back home to show that the result wasn't going to drag them down. The Chicago Fire were basically bossed around the field here in Frisco with Fabian Castillo and Mauro Diaz showing their stuff. A late goal from Mauro Rosales meant a nice 3-1 win over a definite improving Chicago side.
All in all, the Seattle game did not give us a lot of possibilities for a potential workhorse. Maynor Figueroa ended up with an unfortunate red card that made the game even harder. Walker Zimmerman was probably the best of the bunch along the backline. Our offense failed to generate even a single shot on goal. Against Chicago, we saw a solid all around performance. Kellyn Acosta and Carlos Gruezo were monsters in the middle. Matt Hedges was back on the field doing his thing. Our offense was in control.
Here's a few more thoughts:
- Aubrey David is legit. While he was responsible for at least one goal in Seattle, David did not wilt in his debut or give up fighting over the course of 90 minutes. He reminded me of Matt Hedges in some ways, showing he was willing to leave his position, get forward, and try to get the ball to attackers. On Saturday, he was even better. This is an excellent signing and someone who may earn a more permanent place in Frisco.
- Which is the more important game for you - US Open Cup or Colorado game? It will be interesting to see how Pareja juggles lineups. Will we see Getterson make a late appearance this week? Will Mauro Diaz get a rest on Wednesday night? Maynor Figueroa will be back this week, so that helps too.
- The Brimstone Cup is back for the first time in 4 years. Does anyone care?
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