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Workhorse of the Week vs. Minnesota United

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MLS: FC Dallas at Minnesota United FC Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Our vote counts are way, way down. But Matt Hedges got 4 votes and earned a Workhorse of the Week nod for his defensive leadership last week against Seattle.

Uhh, here we go...

Another weekend, another miserable blowout.

FC Dallas, for a bit, looked like they might contend with that early goal from Tesho Akindele of all people, but the house of cards kept tumbling down.

For me, Minnesota was a must win game, so for the team to come out and play some of the worst defense we have seen this season (and we’ve seen some bad defense), it is incredibly frustrating as a fan and as a lover of soccer. We will get to talk about roster problems in months to come. We will get to speculate. But let’s pause and admire our defense for a moment.

The defense is done.

It’s time to admit that Maynor Figueroa, Atiba Harris, Hernan Grana, and Walker Zimmerman are at the least not a solution defensively right now - maybe longer term. There is speculation that Walker is still not 100%, but if so, he shouldn’t be playing if he gets trounced that easily on defense. Fig was terrible. Grana disappeared in his bid to run forward and score a bunch of non-existent goals. Atiba Harris needs to retire.

Yes, I’m bringing the heat right now, readers.

This is the time when Aaron Guillen, Walker Hume, and Reggie Cannon deserve a run on the back line. They deserved it before this game, but Pareja has been convinced that if he just keeps hammering away, something good will happen. Nothing good has happened.

And truly, the way this team has been playing, Pareja has got to be smarter. Early on, we had a lead, a precious lead. Why didn’t Pareja instruct the whole team to get back and defend instead of pushing and pushing for more? Seriously, let’s go into the half with a 1 goal lead for a change. See what that feels like.

You know who would have coached that situation right? Schellas “Park the Bus” Hyndman.

Instead, the team pushed forward, as if they have any confidence or shown any sort of soccer ability in their miserable run of form lately. And they gave up 4 goals in rapid deteriorating succession that embarrassed fans and the league. Against Minnesota United, an expansion team.

There are few answers it seems to be for FC Dallas’ collapse, despite rumors of in-fighting or questions of whether the problem lies in the coaching decisions or it’s just a bunch of bad luck. I don’t want to type any more words about any of that.

Who to vote for?

Unfortunately, I can’t recommend anyone for a Workhorse nod. Tesho got a goal, which is good for him, but then he balanced out a good thing with a stupid red card. Mauro brought some great energy off the bench and earned a PK... and then couldn’t put it away.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Hernan Grana
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Walker Zimmerman
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Maynor Figueroa
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    Victor Ulloa
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mauro Diaz
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (0 votes)
  • 13%
    Michael Barrios
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Roland Lamah
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Maxi Urruti
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    Tesho Akindele
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Cristian Colman
    (0 votes)
  • 60%
    No One
    (9 votes)
15 votes total Vote Now