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Workhorse of the Week vs New York City FC

Despite a humbling road loss, who stood out to you as FC Dallas’ top player?

MLS: FC Dallas at New York City FC Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to Jimmy Maurer for his Workhorse of the Week win last time. He is one of the surprises on this roster, although I imagine Jesse is going to get a run in goal sooner rather than later.

Were we unlucky, or were they lucky? (Or neither?)

FC Dallas traveled to the Big Apple to contend with New York City FC, definitely one of the better squads in Major League Soccer. The stadium is frankly a weird place to play, and our writers here on the site have been hashing the complexities of attacking and defending in that smaller field. If you don’t sense an air of disappointment though, it’s because this is truly one of those games that offers us a multitude of perspectives.

Did FC Dallas play quite well considering the smaller field, holding off NYCFC’s attack via some solid defense, including Jimmy Maurer’s shot stopping skills? Did FC Dallas just manage to not finish some chances, chances which would have completely turned the game upside down? Or was FC Dallas exposed against a superior team?

These are good things for FC Dallas to think through, although I am a bit tired of the “we played well just couldn’t quite finish” argument that has been common in the franchise as of late. Good teams finish. Maybe Pareja needs to figure out the particular formational mix that will lead to the most balls ending up in the net, even if it means continuing to is guys like Mauro Diaz and Maxi Urruti.

Is our defense okay or not okay?

Another question to ponder - what the hell do we make of this defense? As a unit, it seems like it has the potential to be one of the better lineups in MLS. Matt Hedges is capable of being a game changer. Reto Ziegler brings immense quality and experience. Reggie Cannon and Anton Nedyalkov are young but dynamic, clearly in need of growth but capable enough right now to influence the game. As a unit, we look good - but one or two individual mistakes seem to crop up each game, from the most veteran and unlikely places. Is this about communication? Trust? Scheme? Or what?

For what it’s worth, Reggie Cannon is better than Hernan Grana though.

Vote!

I recommend a vote for Jimmy Maurer, who performed well in a tough spot against a great attack, and I think we could show some love to Santiago Mosquera for keeping FC Dallas in it with his goal. Who else should we consider?

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    Jimmy Maurer
    (10 votes)
  • 15%
    Reggie Cannon
    (5 votes)
  • 12%
    Matt Hedges
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Anton Nedyalkov
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Victor Ulloa
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jacori Hayes
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mauro Diaz
    (0 votes)
  • 30%
    Santiago Mosquera
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Barrios
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Roland Lamah
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Cristian Colman
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Maxi Urruti
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    No One
    (2 votes)
33 votes total Vote Now