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Could this be the game of the season for FC Dallas with a huge three points against Vancouver? Vote for your top player.

MLS: FC Dallas at Vancouver Whitecaps Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Barrios earned another Workhorse win with his pesky play last week against the Columbus Crew. Will his name pop up again this week? Read on.

I Refuse to Be Objective

Let’s establish a few things. I’m a fan of FC Dallas. Yes, I love to write and dabble here in sports journalism, but I’m not getting paid to write one stinking article a week. Nor am I paid to be objective in my appreciation of this squad from afar. In fact, I’m not sure I can be objective, although the more hours spent watching soccer, the more you begin to recognize the particular challenges of the sport and why disappointing results aren’t always that disappointing. There is nuance and luck involved. Stuff happens. You move on to the next game.

Basically, I’m establishing these things to say that Sunday evening’s win at Vancouver was an incredible experience. I loved it. I was on the edge of my seat. FC Dallas played with fire and passion. We could look back on these three points as a huge season defining moment.

Last week, I was deflated with FC Dallas’ home disappointment against Columbus. Before that, the inexplicable collapse at home against San Jose also stung, a team that literally can’t buy a win at the moment. We’ve been on a stretch since losing Mauro Diaz where FC Dallas is clearly trying to figure things out. Players are up and down. In those peaks and valleys, I feel pretty gloomy about this squad. I crash into the earth and then rise again gloriously like a soaring eagle when FCD pulls out a big result.

And it’s worth it. As a fan. As someone who writes about the team. As a lover of soccer.

FC Dallas went to the Pacific Northwest and beat a team that was desperate for points at home. FCD found a way to win. It wasn’t necessarily pretty, and their defense didn’t always look well-organized against a relentless Vancouver attack. Michael Barrios ran all over the field and sometimes let his teammates down with a mistimed pass or an errant shot. Reggie Cannon and Victor Ulloa and Carlos Gruezo and Barrios will have nightmares after what Alphonso Davies did to them on the left side of the field. Oscar Pareja once again seemed reluctant to make helpful subs to either lock the game down or provide extra offensive support.

Whatever.

This game was huge. It’s why MLS can be so much fun to watch. It should restore faith that FC Dallas has plenty of magical moments left to offer in upcoming weeks.

Aka, this is why I watch FC Dallas and Major League Soccer.

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I definitely can recommend Matt Hedges for a monster performance. He was just good enough defensively against a fearless Vancouver side, facing down Kei Kamara’s relentless size and offensive prowess. His goal was a big moment for him and the team. I will be rewatching that moment to get hyped for this coming weekend.

Michael Barrios was once again a nuisance. Just give him the ball and make teams freak out.

Maxi Urruti bounced back with a solid performance and two assists.

Santiago Mosqerua got a goal and was a calming presence all over the place.

Reggie Cannon had to run his ass off in both directions.

Who will you vote for?

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Reggie Cannon
    (0 votes)
  • 45%
    Matt Hedges
    (16 votes)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Maynor Figueroa
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Marquinhos Pedroso
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Victor Ulloa
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Michael Barrios
    (3 votes)
  • 11%
    Santiago Mosquera
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Tesho Akindele
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Pablo Aranguiz
    (0 votes)
  • 22%
    Maxi Urruti
    (8 votes)
  • 2%
    Cristian Colman
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
35 votes total Vote Now