clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Workhorse of the Week vs. Houston Dynamo

Michael Barrios and company earned a hard fought road point at Houston. Vote for your top player from the match.

MLS: FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to newcomer Pablo Aranguiz for his first official Workhorse win. While he didn’t have as strong a game this past week, it’s a promising emergence of the youngster whose creativity will be needed as FC Dallas tries to see out the year.

Down in the Swamp

FC Dallas always knows that playing in Houston is going to be a drag through the mud. On the positive side, Houston has been dropping points lately, so Michael Barrios and company had to know that a positive result was out there. Pareja opted for the bunker approach, and both teams for the most part spent their energy thwarting attacks with Jimmy Maurer claiming a whopping 0 saves (according to MLSSoccer.com). FC Dallas, though the stronger of the sides, never quite got things clicking. Pablo Aranguiz did not have his best game, but these minutes are valuable as he gets up to speed.

Once again, it was a little bit of magic from Michael Barrios to nutmeg the goalkeeper and earn a scrappy goal. FC Dallas couldn’t hold on to the three points as one lapsed second was all Houston needed to grab a point. Still, you typically take a point away against your rival, so while it was a little bit disappointing, it’s fine. We’re all fine.

Just get on that bus and get out of Houston before the mosquitos feast on your flesh.

Rivalry Week Is a Dud

I like the idea of rivalry week philosophically, but spreading out the games over a long week and what not just seems a strange move. Doesn’t it kill the routine of teams if they suddenly play on a Thursday?

Heck, you want to make rivalry week great? Make it the last game of the season with all start times the same and everything on the line. Alternately, get the fans involved. Instead of a halftime show, get a group of opposing fans to engage in a pie eating contest or a slam poetry battle. Or, make rivalry week a complete three game series - Saturday, Wednesday, and Saturday again - in the middle of the season. Just overdose us with the animosity and pressure for teams to clamber into or retain playoff contention.

Vote

I will break from my own rules and offer Michael Barrios as a worthy Workhorse vote, just because his goals have saved this team and scrounging up the one he did was just pure individual effort. Alternately, I love Marquinhos Pedroso. The guy isn’t necessarily a star, but he is a veteran with confidence and definitely is made for MLS.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Jimmy Maurer
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Reggie Cannon
    (0 votes)
  • 19%
    Matt Hedges
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Maynor Figueroa
    (0 votes)
  • 42%
    Marquinhos Pedroso
    (9 votes)
  • 4%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Victor Ulloa
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Pablo Aranguiz
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tesho Akindele
    (0 votes)
  • 23%
    Michael Barrios
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Maxi Urruti
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Cristian Colman
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Dominique Badji
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
21 votes total Vote Now