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Workhorse of the Week vs Sporting Kansas City

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Those three points felt really, really good. FC Dallas dominated Sporting Kansas City, and you get to vote for your top player from the match.

MLS: FC Dallas at Sporting KC Peter G. Aiken

Reggie Cannon deserved another Workhorse of the Week nod, and while he won’t make the All-Star game, he won’t have to tire his legs out in a meaningless Homegrowns match either. All in all, this kid is legit.

Is FC Dallas Good? (A Philosophical Question)

Let’s circle the chairs and do some group reflection here.

After the dismal second half of the previous season for FC Dallas, fans of this team have been right to be jittery. We’ve seen this squad under Oscar Pareja go on a tear before and then crash back to earth. One big question going into this season was whether they could gel again, develop that sense of togetherness. Would lingering uncertainties mar the locker room? Would egos clash? What would happen when another transfer offer came in for a player that FC Dallas didn’t want to let go? Who would score? What formation would work? Would this team be good?

Here we are though into the stretch run, the All-Star break, and FC Dallas look good.

No, wait a minute, they look great.

And this squad has looked incredible even while losing two of their best players in Mauro Diaz and Kellyn Acosta, facing some nagging injuries, letting go of an exciting left back who barely had a chance to make an impression, dealing with a couple of red cards, ingratiating new faces into the starting lineup, enduring some droughts from typical scorers, and facing a tough schedule.

FC Dallas is in the midst of some adversity that some teams would crumple under, and they are thriving with gutsy wins, determination, fearlessness, and a few lucky bounces.

What mystifies me most is that as I look at this FC Dallas roster, there are still lots of legitimate question marks. How will new signings fare? When will youngsters get minutes? What is the best formation? Will Barrios keep scoring? Will Urruti break his drought? Can this team keep up this pace? Can they keep improving?

And even though we should ask a few of those and wonder, it’s time to sit back and enjoy this team, win or lose. The rest of this season is going to be a sprint, and FC Dallas are in a great position to get back to the playoffs and do some damage. What a great time to be an FC Dallas fan!

Workhorse Recommendations

Kansas City is a tough place to play. I remember Bobby Warshaw with the later winner way back when, and I did not expect much on Saturday night. Frankly, even after Barrios’ first goal went in, I thought it was surely going to be ruled offside or something or the other. Then after his next two, I joined the celebration - FC Dallas getting the win 3-2 at Sporting Kansas City. What a performance in a tough spot.

There were plenty of names to recommend for their incredible performance on Saturday.

Matt Hedges made some last minute saves to help Jesse out. He was big in this one, constantly moving and getting in the places where his team needed him to keep Kansas City off the scoresheet early. Hedges looks hungry for that All-Star game.

Reto Ziegler had another great game, making some excellent saves. Fernando Clavijo did a good job scouting this guy, as he really does pair well with Hedges. They are becoming a top tandem in that back line in MLS.

Reggie Cannon had another good outing, getting up and down the field, showing his growing confidence in taking people on.

Victor Ulloa also continues to clamp down his starting spot and show why he is such an important part of this lineup. He is playing so well and really has excelled in his partnership with Carlos Gruezo.

Finally, I got to recommend our superstar Roland Lamah. I know he had a tough game last week, but he really came in and worked his tail off. He was a defensive presence just as much as he tried to help out with the attack. The energy from him in this game was fantastic. Go back and watch it. Lamah, like most of this team, is buying into a work rate that is hard to match.

So, vote for this damn good team below.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    Reggie Cannon
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 34%
    Matt Hedges
    (16 votes)
  • 0%
    Marquinhos Pedroso
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Victor Ulloa
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tesho Akindele
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Paxton Pomykal
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    Roland Lamah
    (3 votes)
  • 6%
    Maxi Urruti
    (3 votes)
  • 38%
    Michael Barrios
    (18 votes)
  • 0%
    Cristian Colman
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
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