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Workhorse of the Week vs. Atlanta United, Real Salt Lake, and Chicago Fire

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Too many potential players to vote for this week, as we pick back up after a hiatus. Who is your Workhorse of the Week?

MLS: Chicago Fire at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Well, I spent last weekend in the deep Western Maryland woods without much cellphone coverage or internet access, so I couldn’t hammer out a Workhorse last week. We have a lot to catch up on though. And a lot of worthy votes!

In a quick recap, FC Dallas came from behind in a potential season defining win at home against Atlanta United, a team everyone says is the best in the league (or at least some people), then went to Utah to get drubbed by Real Salt Lake. A return home led to a solid enough win over the Chicago Fire. Through this run, the team did what was asked of them. RSL is a tough place to play this season, and a draw was the best scenario. A loss was more than reasonable, especially when Pareja chose to give some youngsters minutes over the course of the match. Two homes victories are expected.

The Atlanta United match was a bit of an emotional boost for this team - at least I hope it was. Tesho came off the bench and put in two goals to complete the comeback and win, a big moment for him as he has struggled to find minutes and his form so far this season. All in all, we can take heart that Oscar Pareja is rotating guys to avoid burnout and weary legs, and players are stepping up in key moments. If Tesho only scores a handful of goals like those against Atlanta, it can still be a pretty helpful role on this squad, a difference maker that this squad lacked during the stretch last season.

Reinforcements are also on their way.

Are there questions that continue to linger for FC Dallas, even with their prime position at the top of the West? Sure. Most every team has some questions in this league. FC Dallas’ big one is how they will continue to cope without Mauro Diaz. So far, they are doing just fine, changing up some formations and switching players to different spots. We haven’t seen the best of Santiago Mosquera, and Roland Lamah probably deserves a run as our fill-in No. 10. Paxton Pomykal and Jesus Ferreira both flashed a little something late against Chicago, their first moments of showing some confidence on a bigger stage. Michael Barrios likely needs a goal to break the dam of frustration. Kellyn Acosta’s goal against Chicago was hopefully a sign of renewed confidence. Reto Ziegler is good. Reggie Cannon is showing his rapid growth.

All in all, there is much to be excited about - even with those lingering questions.

Because I missed a week, this vote will count for two, so vote for a player across three games who exemplified FC Dallas’ hard-working spirit.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (0 votes)
  • 12%
    Reggie Cannon
    (4 votes)
  • 18%
    Matt Hedges
    (6 votes)
  • 18%
    Reto Ziegler
    (6 votes)
  • 27%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (9 votes)
  • 12%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Kellyn Acosta
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Victor Ulloa
    (1 vote)
  • 3%
    Roland Lamah
    (1 vote)
  • 3%
    Santiago Mosquera
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Michael Barrios
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Maxi Urruti
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Tesho Akindele
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Paxton Pomykal
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ema Twumasi
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jesus Ferreira
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Kris Reaves
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Maynor Figueroa
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
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