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Workhorse of the Week vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

This game felt like a rerun. Did anyone stand out in FC Dallas’ disappointing home draw against Vancouver?

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

You incredible fans gave Mauro Diaz the love last week for his performance against LA Galaxy in a big home way - a win that maybe should have had us a little concerned going forward due to those late game tense moments.

Haven’t we seen this game before?

On Saturday, FC Dallas welcomed the mighty Vancouver Whitecaps to town for an afternoon game. The atmosphere probably left something to be desired. At times, it looked like there were more players on the field than fans in the stands. FC Dallas though quickly took control, and if not for poor finishing, would have lapped Vancouver via a barrage of goals. Unfortunately, they got just two, and then as Vancouver, who tried to preserve their strength through most of the match, pushed forward, FC Dallas collapsed.

If this game felt familiar, I couldn’t help but go back to August 23 of last year, when FC Dallas took a 3-1 lead on Houston and then promptly gave it away behind some poor defending and communication.

Yes, you can argue that there were some bad bounces and a missed call by the ref, but Jimmy Maurer did not inspire confidence in his abilities in this match. FC Dallas’ wastefulness on the offensive end also hurt them. If you want to be a championship team, you find ways to win. If anything, this game proved that Vancouver, despite their struggles, are going to be a presence in the West. FC Dallas too has work to do.

Silver Linings

My tone might be a bit harsh, but that was a really disappointing result.

But there are positives to take away:

  • Reggie Cannon continues to emerge, gaining confidence and comfort with the group of guys around him.
  • Santiago Mosquera is better than Michael Barrios.
  • Maxi Urruti is a threat again.
  • Our offense did sparkle at times.
  • Reto will be back next to Hedges on Friday.
  • Hopefully, FC Dallas will come out and try to punch Toronto FC in the mouth on Friday.

Question Marks

Jimmy Maurer was really disappointing in this match, and if you go back and watch even in the first half, he had some very poor efforts to distribute the ball out of the back, nearly coughing it up for an easy chance early on. Vancouver may have seen something on film to exploit. Does this open door for the return of Jesse Gonzalez? I think it does, though that would be a pretty harsh decision from Oscar to bench Jimmy after one poor game.

What does this team do with Michael Barrios? I think he can play a really vital role on this team, but his crossing has been poor and his finishing is not where it is. Imagine if Barrios had been dangled as a nugget in a trade with New England for Lee Nguyen? Maybe Barrios goes on the market this summer, but for now, the team needs to get his head right.

Maynor Figueroa should have been a solid security blanket as a backup defender to star while Reto is out, but the own goal was awful. A disappointing day for the veteran.

Is Kellyn hurt again? Was it just a precaution? Not a good thing to see.

Vote!

I’d recommend a vote for Reggie Cannon for Workhorse of the Week. Maybe Santiago Mosquera as well. Cast your vote below.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jimmy Maurer
    (0 votes)
  • 14%
    Matt Hedges
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Maynor Figueroa
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Anton Nedyalkov
    (0 votes)
  • 70%
    Reggie Cannon
    (19 votes)
  • 3%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (1 vote)
  • 3%
    Kellyn Acosta
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Jacori Hayes
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mauro Diaz
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Santiago Mosquera
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Michael Barrios
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Roland Lamah
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Maxi Urruti
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    No One
    (1 vote)
27 votes total Vote Now