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FC Dallas scrounged up a point on the road - who stood out in the road draw?

MLS: FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to Jesse Gonzalez for a big Workhorse nod for his leadership and performance across two games in goal for FC Dallas. Will that trend continue this week?

Away Draws

Colorado is not a fun place to play with the altitude working against you. Still, the Rapids are done for the year, so it should have been a prime opportunity for FC Dallas to grab 3 points. They couldn’t, ending up with an away draw. Earlier in the season, you take this away draw to the bank, but with everything being so tight in these final couple of weeks, that away point might not be enough.

Now, FC Dallas has to hope for some kind of gutsy performance at Seattle, which may even be a worse place to play, struggling for a point. That’s not likely.

More than the away draw, what remains disappointing about FC Dallas is that while they have some energy on the field, the quality has disappeared. Their shots are either too direct and easily saved, or they are wild and too hopeful. Maxi Urruti may be gassed, although I would argue the bit of drama around a potential transfer hasn’t helped either. The fact that FC Dallas is putting their hopes on this new lineup down the stretch doesn’t bode well either. Javier Morales is an upgrade based on how the team was playing, but I don’t think he is inspiring us fans to dream of the playoffs.

The big inspiring play has been Jesse Gonzalez. He had an incredible save against a tricky Alan Gordon header. Most keepers don’t get to that, but Jesse did. He has been playing out of his mind, one of the bright spots as this team has struggled. Maybe this is one of the silver linings this team can take into next season regardless of whether the playoffs become a reality.

More Silver Linings

I am disappointed that we haven’t seen enough opportunity for the youngsters to play. I understand that FC Dallas is still fighting for that spot, and they have a chance. But it is clear that some of the veterans are just not clicking with what this team wants to do. Roland Lamah has provided a spark, and he looks the part of a decent European veteran - but ultimately, it just hasn’t worked enough over the course of the season. Tesho Akindele has mostly fallen off a cliff, but even though I would not be surprised if he is gone in the offseason, he is so affordable salary wise and has enough experience that he will still be useful to this team going forward. I doubt Hernan Grana has his contract renewed, giving Reggie Cannon an opportunity to win the spot. Unless Chala comes back, our left back situation is kind of up in the air, though Maynor Figueroa would not be awful as squad depth going into next season.

For me, the silver lining early on is that next season is going to be very different. I hope we see lots of youngsters earn minutes, and we tick FC Dallas into the homegrown era officially. It’s time. The roster seems to be built with some flexibility for that in mind - regardless of what happens in the playoffs.

Sure, there are questions. What’s up with Kellyn Acosta? (I bet he starts against Seattle though.) Carlos Gruezo has looked much better in a simplified defensive midfielder role, enough so that I think Pareja has to keep him there going forward. Mauro Diaz has looked good enough to imagine how he will feel with a full offseason of rest and training in his belt. I’m not glum, in other words, and no FCD fan has reason to be even if this squad is edged out of the playoffs.

How are you feeling confidence wise? Are we making the playoffs?

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Go ahead and cast your vote. I recommend Jesse. He's been great. Also, sending love to Atiba Harris for earning a rare phantom yellow card (Achievement Unlocked) and a big goal is worthy.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 45%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Hernan Grana
    (0 votes)
  • 5%
    Atiba Harris
    (1 vote)
  • 25%
    Matt Hedges
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (0 votes)
  • 20%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Victor Ulloa
    (0 votes)
  • 5%
    Javier Morales
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Mauro Diaz
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Barrios
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Roland Lamah
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tesho Akindele
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Cristian Colman
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Maxi Urruti
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
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