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Workhorse of the Week vs. LA Galaxy

Vote for the top player in FC Dallas’ home feast on the hapless Los Angeles Galaxy.

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

We continue to celebrate Santiago Mosquera around here, adding a Workhorse of the Week vote win for his performance last week. It’s clear Oscar Pareja sees something positive in the addition. He’s beginning to emerge as an active presence, so let’s get ready for that break out game that is surely coming.

Is LAG bad or FC Dallas good?

I like leading with questions in this column, because I am a soccer fan who enjoys learning and growing in the complexity of this beautiful game. FC Dallas is clearly playing better. They look better across the lineup, even if there are nagging question marks and concerns, but name a team in this league that doesn’t have a concern or two. Depth wise, FCD looks much stronger than last year. Coaching wise, Pareja appears to be willing to take a risk and shake things up. The product on the field has improved. That’s good news.

Los Angeles Galaxy then are kind of an enigma, because a glance at their roster should indicate better quality than FC Dallas at least in a few areas. They have some legit world class stars. Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be an upgrade over most starting strikers in this league. There are plenty of good pieces to work with, and they have a coach who has been around the block a few times. So, are they just not good, or is FC Dallas clearly better?

I’m a “both/and” kind of guy, so it may be that YES is the answer to both of those questions right now. I’m also stinging with cynicism after last year’s colossal collapse, so that’s why each game there is a little nagging voice waiting for the other shoe to drop. LAG pushed hard at the end for an equalizer and had their chances. FC Dallas definitely is doing better but has work to do.

Don’t Start Reto in Fantasy

I liked the FC Dallas versus Los Angeles Galaxy matchup in fantasy, and I want to have a FCD player on my lineup each week. I started Reto Ziegler as the cheapest option, and, yeah, lame. Was it a soft second yellow? Maybe. Regardless, Ziegler has looked the part of a world class defender and then also a journeyman week to week. In my opinion, something still is not quite right with the back line, but they have plenty of time to keep working together, building up trust, developing their communication, and figuring things out. It’s a good defense, but I am hoping that Reto can take a break from those bone-headed mistakes in the weeks to come.

Who will you vote for?

I like the work rate of this team. Santiago Mosquera is worth a nod. Kellyn Acosta put in an excellent shift. Roland Lamah scores two goals and makes it look easy. Matt Hedges had to step up in a lot of ways when Reto went off early. Mauro Diaz was the man of the match. Vote below!

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Jimmy Maurer
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Reggie Cannon
    (0 votes)
  • 13%
    Reto Ziegler
    (5 votes)
  • 21%
    Matt Hedges
    (8 votes)
  • 2%
    Anton Nedyalkov
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Maynor Figueroa
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Jacori Hayes
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (0 votes)
  • 5%
    Kellyn Acosta
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Santiago Mosquera
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Michael Barrios
    (0 votes)
  • 16%
    Roland Lamah
    (6 votes)
  • 32%
    Mauro Diaz
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Maxi Urruti
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
37 votes total Vote Now