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Workhorse of the Week vs. San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo

Two games before a long break - who was your top player for FC Dallas? Vote and tell us what you think.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Marquinhos Pedroso got some well-deserved love for solid defending and leadership in a Houston Dynamo draw. Welcome to the club.

Two Big Games

This past week were big games for FC Dallas. A draw away at Houston was not a bad result, all in all, but it does seem like this team is taking losses a little harder. By that, I mean that they are feeling like there is work to be done to avenge losses or simply get to the place where they want to be as a team. In years past, I could see a loss against San Jose like they experience on Wednesday night to be something to just reset, let go, and move on from. But FC Dallas took it out a bit on the hapless Houston Dynamo at home on Saturday.

I like that edge, and I hope we see it more.

Whereas last year’s squad certainly had the talent but just seemed to run into a wall of frustration, this year’s team is doing a better job with squad rotation of keeping things light. FC Dallas did not play poorly, at least on the offensive end, against San Jose, but their defense was let down by some individual concentration and miscommunication and unlucky bounces. It’s pretty concerning, but the team didn’t ever stop competing. Some squads in that situation give up a silly red card or really mail it in. FCD didn’t.

Back at home, FC Dallas looked like the better of the two squads right out of the gate, and while Houston played them fairly well, the team stayed focused and endured a questionable penalty kick and a monster strike and still put this game out of reach early. The offense is looking alive and dangerous, and the work is being spread around which will make it difficult for teams to game plan against them in coming days. The defense also looked better, even if we’d like to see a clean sheet again soon.

I like how the rest of this season is shaping up, even if FC Dallas struggles a bit. The squad is deep. Bringing in a guy like Aguilar for those late game situations is a gift. Let’s hope Badji, Urruti, Barrios, and Mosquera continue to heat up.

Who to recommend?

Reggie Cannon is potentially this season’s MVP. He’s been consistent. In the early season, he was pretty cautious and careful, picking key moments to get forward but protecting the back line with fervor. Now, he’s showing his confidence and claim to a USMNT spot with attacking play, give and go, speed, positioning, and all around confidence. He is exciting to watch, and he fights for this team. Vote for him.

Reto Ziegler is actually a big deal, and this defense is so much better with him in. You could see what it meant to have him next to Matt over the course of this game. While Houston still got a really nice strike in, Reto made life much more difficult for them.

Carlos Gruezo deserves another shout as MVP. Jacori Hayes soldiered along as good as he could against San Jose, but he struggled (not that he has had a ton of minutes lately). Insert Carlos back in and the whole team looked different. I remember seasons past where we wondered if Carlos was making enough of a difference and if he would be supplanted by other up and comers. No, Carlos is a workhorse.

Who do you recommend for Workhorse of the Week? Who is ready for a late season run?

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jimmy Maurer
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (0 votes)
  • 31%
    Reggie Cannon
    (5 votes)
  • 6%
    Matt Hedges
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Maynor Figueroa
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Victor Ulloa
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jacori Hayes
    (0 votes)
  • 12%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (2 votes)
  • 31%
    Michael Barrios
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Maxi Urruti
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Pablo Aranguiz
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Abel Aguilar
    (0 votes)
  • 12%
    Santiago Mosqerua
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Tesho Akindele
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Cristian Colman
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    No One
    (1 vote)
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