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Workhorse of the Week vs. Sporting Kansas City (USOC)

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I love soccer.... and I hate soccer. Vote for your top player from the miserable Open Cup loss.

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Well, that was a surprise. With only a total of 14 votes, Ryan Hollingshead grabbed his first Workhorse of the Week despite not playing particularly well. Somebody... well, four of you... liked his play.

Let’s have a group therapy session!

First, I love soccer. It’s the best sport for many reasons. The way 11 players on the field get to showcase both their individual and collective skill - the way coaches are vastly important and yet not important as the action unfolds on the pitch - the way there are no timeouts and advertising breaks - the way the sport is growing in the US - and just how much beauty it can produce.

But, I also hate soccer. I hate soccer because of terrible, frustrating matches like we saw last week with red cards, poor finishing, and a lack of creativity that led to FC Dallas’ exit from the Open Cup competition.

This was simply a physical match that got out of hand pretty quickly. The early red card to Seth Sinovich was deserved - about as easy as a call as a ref has to make - but then the game turned into a drudge. Sporting Kansas City played excellent home defense and pushed back against an FC Dallas attack that lacked creativity. As the game wore on, it was clear that FC Dallas didn’t have the lineup on the field to really break things down and Sporting Kansas City were willing to hold on for penalties.

And then there were more red cards - and well, SKC took advantage of a ragged and worn out FC Dallas back line.

Extra time is always sort of a crap shoot, and I knew the odds were stacked against FC Dallas if it got that far.

Did FCD have chances? Yes. But I think that’s why this game can be so frustrating too - no one wants to watch a team struggle to put goals away.

True, these kinds of matches happen. Playing at Sporting Kansas City is tough, but you could see the limits of the roster in this match. This might have been perfect for a youngster like Jesus Ferreira to come in and try something, but there was little offensive spark to turn to with a bunch of weary legs already out there.

Tough - but this team will move on and now focus on securing a playoff spot.

Hopefully, this will be the last one of these frustrating matches for a while - or maybe FCD will use this transfer period to shake the roster up and add an attacking piece or two.

Vote below - I say vote on No One this time around.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Atiba Harris
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Hernan Grana
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Walker Zimmerman
    (0 votes)
  • 15%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mauro Diaz
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Victor Ulloa
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Roland Lamah
    (0 votes)
  • 31%
    Michael Barrios
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Javier Morales
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tesho Akindele
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Cristian Colman
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Maxi Urruti
    (0 votes)
  • 47%
    No One
    (9 votes)
19 votes total Vote Now