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Workhorse of the Week vs. Colorado Rapids

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Vote the top player from last week’s miserable 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapids.

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Enough people gathered forces last time around to vote for Michael Barrios as our most recent Workhorse of the Week for the late goal and hard work across 90 minutes in that dismal soul-crushing defeat against Philadelphia. Good for him? Blah.

And hey, just when you might need a pick me up amidst the images of the KKK and white supremacists marching with party store paraphernalia and incompetent leadership and threats of nuclear hellfire, FC Dallas trots out at home and continues their lackluster play with a frustrating 0-0 draw. You can read Jason’s chalkboard piece if you want to search for a silver lining, but I am a bit more of the pessimistic side on those kinds of results. More shooting does not always mean your offense is clicking or working or that things are looking up.

I’d rather a team have 1 shot on goal that results in a goal than 8 on frame that don’t.

Our defense was better, but we were playing against the “defense-minded” Colorado Rapids who tend to focus their attack purely on the counter and hoofing balls to their one or two attackers. Atiba Harris didn’t have a very good game, especially for giving referees any reason to call back our one measly potential goal. I’d prefer not to see Atiba much more this season, but maybe Oscar is still trying to figure out the best combo on that back line. Matt Hedges was at least a bit better. Without Ryan Hollingshead in the pitch after some poor performances, the unit was tidy enough altogether.

Kellyn Acosta and Victor Ulloa were also better, and it will be interesting to see what Oscar does with Carlos Gruezo available this weekend. Does he start right away, or does Oscar sit him more and use him later on in the game? Mauro Diaz was also missing from the starting lineup, maybe a good chance to ease the pressure on him as he continues to try to get back to 100%.

But it’s our offense that is a struggle. Maxi Urruti and Cristian Colman have the capability of developing into a decent partnership, but often, the service is lacking or the decisions are just too hesitant. Roland Lamah and Michael Barrios have the capability to be dominant, but at times, they seem to over-complicate everything. Roland was not happy to be brought off - I know he was working hard, but he wasn’t good enough. Unfortunately, subbing Tesho Akindele on for him is hardly an upgrade.

Yeah, I’m a bit doom and gloom at the moment, but a point is better than nothing, I suppose.

Let’s hope the team can build off of this slight uptick and pull together a decent performance in the pressure cooker at Sporting Kansas City.

Who will you vote for this week? Anyone stand out to you?

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Hernan Grana
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    Atiba Harris
    (1 vote)
  • 31%
    Matt Hedges
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Maynor Figueroa
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Walker Zimmerman
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    Victor Ulloa
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Michael Barrios
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Roland Lamah
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mauro Diaz
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Kellyn Acosta
    (0 votes)
  • 31%
    Cristian Colman
    (5 votes)
  • 18%
    Maxi Urruti
    (3 votes)
  • 6%
    No One
    (1 vote)
16 votes total Vote Now