Congratulations to No One for a poorly voted Workhorse of the Week poll in our last round. Yes, that game at home against Colorado was miserable. It's hard to find a player that shone through the muck. Let's move on.
First, congratulations to FC Dallas. I was able to fly into Dallas for the game and enjoyed the incredible atmosphere and the win. What an amazing night. You could see how proud Oscar was and how relieved the whole franchise must be to get that one off of their backs. I'll have more on that later in the week, so let's turn our attention to the game on Saturday night.
There's two ways we can look at it:
One - The draw was huge. Points on the road are simply vital, and ultimately, FC Dallas qualified for the playoffs mathematically after the 2-2 result in NYC. When we were looking back at the road to the Shield, we noted how a point or two on the road in these final games may decide FC Dallas' pursuit of that trophy. FC Dallas, like most other MLS teams, struggle on the road, so this was a solid, solid result. Add in the fact that this team was coming off of an emotional high and a ton of minutes on Tuesday, you can be pretty excited as the rest of a tough schedule loom.
Two - Or, you can be a little pissed. A draw is good, especially on the road, but FC Dallas absolutely dominated NYCFC for most of the match. They controlled the pace of the game, limited NYCFC's attackers, and really should have put this one away numerous times. NYCFC had to play catch up for most of the match and did not look to be worthy of carrying FC Dallas' water bottle. FCD should have 3 points. And with the loss at home against Colorado, three points on the road could have been even more massive.
What do you think? Is this is a half empty or half full kind of scenario?
I do hope that Tesho or Barrios miss doesn't linger like some half-waking nightmare.
As to Workhorse candidates, take your pick. Mauro Rosales was credited for 2 assists, putting in a pretty solid shift. Mauro Diaz, Carlos Gruezo, and Kellyn Acosta all deserve accolades for controlling that midfield. Maxi Urruti also could use some extra love for all the hard work he put in this week, notching 3 goals in 2 games. Beautiful! The defense was up to the task too (for the most part). Go ahead and vote below, and continue the celebration!