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Workhorse of the Week vs. Sporting Kansas City

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Vote for your top player in FC Dallas’ 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City.

MLS: Sporting KC at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to Maxi Urruti for his relentless work ethic and garnering 50% of the vote in last week’s Workhorse nod. No run off needed.

1-0.

If you are always looking for high scoring affairs, the game of soccer may not be the sport for you. But the more you watch, the more you come to appreciate a good, solid game involving excellent defense, patience chance creation, and persistent possession. The soccer gods occasionally reward your play even when the offense isn’t perfect or defense doesn’t always go to plan.

Sporting Kansas City came into Frisco on Saturday night looking for a draw. They were very organized at the back and seemed interested in keeping things as difficult as possible for FC Dallas. Offensively, FC Dallas generated some solid chances even if they couldn’t quite get things to click as they might have preferred. We can question whether it was right to keep Barrios out of the starting lineup, but in the end, he was the spark that gave them a no nonsense, easy peasy goal for the 3 points late in the match.

Could the score have been higher? Maybe. Roland Lamah probably had the better chances to put this one out of sight and couldn’t make SKC pay. After a couple of days away from the match, while I still think he should have done better, it is promising that Lamah was far more active offensively and very dangerous in the box in this one. If he keeps that up, the goals will come.

Also, continued love to Urruti for his relentless work rate and his solid defensive work.

Defensively, FC Dallas was near perfect. Hedges, Zimmerman, Figueroa, Gruezo, and Acosta were incredible, harassing SKC, stifling chances, and preventing Kansas City from anything more than a couple of decent chances. I love watching how Hedges and Zimmerman work off each other, trading responsibilities and knowing when to step up and shut things down. Excellent work.

A 1-0 win is vintage soccer.

My only gripes, the two names that came up for me time and time again in the live thread thread, were Lamah and Grana. Lamah as before had some great looks that should have put this game out of sight early on. Grana had an early cross to Lamah that should have led to a goal, so I give him credit for that. But he too had moments of frustration, including some poor crosses and a few turnovers that led to some of SKC’s better chances. One of the more egregious ones early on:

Hernan Grana vs. Sporting Kansas City

Yikes. Matt Hedges with a timely challenge there.

Still, is this a case for both of these guys starting to put it together? Are we seeing improvement from the whole team? Yes, I think so - which bodes well for big matches to come.

And in the end, FC Dallas remains the sole unbeaten team in the field. This is a good team to watch play this sport we love.

Vote below - here are my recommendations this week:

Carlos Gruezo - Gruezo had a great game. He covered a lot of ground and was a relentless pest. Rewatching some moments in the game as I write this are filled with little moments where he hounded SKC to force the ball back, snatched it away, came up with a timely intervention, and filled space vacated by his teammates. Excellent, excellent performance.

Maynor Figueroa - This was a vintage Maynor game. Is he the greatest offensive outside back in the league? No. On the other hand, he is absolutely steady. I really enjoyed re-watching some of his calm on the ball and his fair share of interceptions to keep moving things forward. His goal only sealed his quiet, hard work of a game, so he deserves some love this week for sure.

The Rest of the Spine - Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, and Walker Zimmerman are all worthy for votes this week. Great work. If you are an opposing team, how do you game plan against an inform squad like this? Let’s see what happens against Portland this weekend.

Poll

Who was FC Dallas’ Workhorse of the Week?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Hernan Grana
    (1 vote)
  • 7%
    Matt Hedges
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Walker Zimmerman
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Kellyn Acosta
    (1 vote)
  • 70%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (28 votes)
  • 0%
    Victor Ulloa
    (0 votes)
  • 15%
    Maynor Figueroa
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Atiba Harris
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Javier Morales
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Roland Lamah
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Barrios
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tesho Akindele
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Maxi Urruti
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
40 votes total Vote Now