Atiba Harris makes it back to back with another win in last week's Workhorse award. Good to see a variety of votes for a bunch of players. Ryan Hollingshead was a close second.
Against Real Salt Lake, I was pretty hopeful of a big result. A draw would have been just fine, and for most of the game, it seemed like Dallas was going to figure something out. But Salt Lake is a fortress. RSL stood tall and managed a massive goal on a clearance in the box. A tough result to take in some ways - FC Dallas' offense didn't look up to the task.
With Fabian Castillo gone, it seems like the weariness of this season and travel is upon them. The offense just didn't click. Mauro Diaz had one of his worst games of the season. Reinforcements haven't necessarily come through yet either. Clear chances were missed and flubbed. This is one of those games that you can look back and wonder what might have been.
A few players stood out to me in the 1-0 loss.
Kellyn Acosta had a difficult task of starting at the wing. He wasn't really effective there, but he continued his destructive midfield ways by covering lots of ground and even getting back to cut off some threats by RSL. As much as I like trying to get all of your best players on the field, Kellyn belongs in the middle. Still a solid enough game from him.
Aubrey David could be blamed responsible for the only RSL goal in this one, but that's kind of harsh. He cleared it out of the box, and FCD as a whole didn't react well enough to close down the game winning shot. And it was a damn fine shot too. I like this guy and hope the team can figure out a way to keep him around for the long term. Overall, he was solid in the back - confident and skilled.
Chris Seitz gave up the game winning volley, but there wasn't much he could do about it. The fact that he has locked down the starting position says it all about his season and his ability. He had some great saves in this game. At this point, only a series of superhero like games from Jesse Gonzalez could win him back his starting spot.
I'll probably have more commentary later this week, but the question for us FCD fans - what can get this offense clicking again? A rest for Mauro Diaz? A different lineup configuration? Moving Atiba Harris into the wings? Or another big time signing?
Cast your vote below.