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Workhorse of the Week vs. New York Redbulls

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Cast your vote for the top player from an exhilarating draw with New York.

MLS: New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to Matt Hedges for sneaking in a Workhorse win. I don’t know if my article got buried, or you all were too angry to vote. Only 15 people voted. That’s not a good turnout, but maybe our spirits lift a bit this week.

A STINKING DRAW

I’m not really happy with the result on Saturday. The race to the playoffs is going to be tight, so FC Dallas needs to be collecting as many points as possible from here on out. A draw at home is not really a good thing. One point is not enough.

So, yeah, this was just a stinking draw.

But there is a sense of optimism circulating around Frisco and among fans on Saturday night after this stinking draw. While the draw was not ideal, for the first time in a while, we saw a hungry, aggressive team that didn’t want to quit. You can chalk it up to a bunch of things - Mauro Diaz’s return, a fresh face in the lineup, a suddenly intriguing Javier Morales, an incredibly useful Hernan Grana, and a stout Walker Zimmerman.

After going down a man and a goal, FC Dallas surged back to equalize twice against New York. It was one of the better performances we have seen from this team in a while. They showed a fight and passion that has been missing. And man, they were so close to getting the go ahead goal.

Whatever happened at half time, the team finally figured something out. Mauro’s return helps. When he is on the field, not only can he control the pace of the game and make passes that no one else can, he draws defenders left and right into his space, thereby creating space for other players.

After hounding the mostly woeful performances of Javier Morales and Hernan Grana as of late, I admit that they were much better in this one. In the 2nd half, Hernan looked like his job had been put on the line. His late run to put the ball away was perfect and out of nowhere. What a lifeline for this team! Javier likewise looked like a really useful piece.

I too want to give credit to Jacori Hayes for stepping in and playing quite well. His tackles were a bit reckless, but he flashed enough for him to get another shot. His night definitely ended too early. But his presence seemed to inject some energy into the lineup from the get go - here was someone who looked hungry to be on the field and hungry to make an impression. We need that.

One more person to give a shout out to - Victor Ulloa looked like the Victor Ulloa we have come to appreciate. He is not earning a call up to the national team anytime soon, but he looked on fire in the 2nd half. He was aggressive. He had bite. His positioning was nearly flawless as he gave cover on the left side late to snuff out some chances. It almost seemed like he played better as a sole CDM for a bit.

What do you think? Who deserves our vote this week? I listed a bunch above - go for it and share your reasoning in the comments below.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Hernan Grana
    (1 vote)
  • 7%
    Walker Zimmerman
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Atiba Harris
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Jacori Hayes
    (1 vote)
  • 15%
    Victor Ulloa
    (6 votes)
  • 10%
    Mauro Diaz
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Javier Morales
    (1 vote)
  • 52%
    Michael Barrios
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Roland Lamah
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Reggie Cannon
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Cristian Colman
    (0 votes)
  • 5%
    Maxi Urruti
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
38 votes total Vote Now