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Workhorse of the Week vs. Atlanta United

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MLS: FC Dallas at Atlanta United FC John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

You fans gave Michael Barrios some love, earning him a Workhorse of the Week nod. But yeah, times are tough around here.

Is there someone to pick from FC Dallas’ drubbing at the merciless hands of Atlanta?

You decide.

A Story

Sports are hard.

Back in college, my little campus ministry organized a team for an intramural flag football tournament. Somebody recruited a kid on a golf scholarship who had a pretty decent arm. I recruited a coupe of tall wide receiver types. We had a mix of others, some of whom could straight up play. We met up for a couple of practices and felt really good. Sure, we weren’t very organized, but how could we not beat somebody? Our strong armed QB would just bomb the ball down the field, and our fast tall wide receivers would catch it. Easy as pie.

The result - we got smoked. By the end of the tournament, half of our team just stopped showing up, so we muddled through. It wasn’t all on us - we totally got hosed by the refs. The other teams allegedly had a ringer or two who didn’t even attend our college. In the end, it was meaningless, but we all learned a lesson - don’t assume you're going to win just by showing up. Don’t be naive. Put in the work. Plan for everything to fall apart.

I don’t know what is going through the minds of the FC Dallas squad. They are all professionals, and they are very good players. They have skills on the ball and off the ball. They have proven themselves, some on the international stage even. But none of that means a damn thing if you stop doing the little things.

Seeing Grana and Ulloa and Zimmerman do some ball watching, poor passing, and just plain bad communicating as of late reminded me of that story. You may feel confident. You may feel like you are prepared. Your team may think it has a game plan that is going to undo your opponent. But the little things will kill you.

Yeah, this is speculation, but it seems to me that if FC Dallas just got back to the little details, renewed concentration, and a bit more connectedness, they wouldn’t be so embarrassing as of late.

By the way, I did hear a few positive comments about Mauro Diaz and Jesse Gonzalez from this game, but a 3-0 drubbing for me is more than enough for a vote for No One.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (26 votes)
  • 0%
    Hernan Grana
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Walker Zimmerman
    (0 votes)
  • 17%
    Matt Hedges
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Maynor Figueroa
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Victor Ulloa
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Kellyn Acosta
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Michael Barrios
    (1 vote)
  • 6%
    Mauro Diaz
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tesho Akindele
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Maxi Urruti
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Cristian Colman
    (1 vote)
  • 13%
    No One
    (6 votes)
45 votes total Vote Now