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Workhorse of the Week vs. Real Salt Lake

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FC Dallas struggled on Saturday night, missing key chances and surviving behind two crucial saves to settle for a home draw. Who was your top player?

MLS: Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Going into Sporting Kansas City, Brandon Servania worked his backside off to help his side to a big three points and likewise earned a Workhorse of the Week nod for his performance. Good stuff. I wish we could dwell on it.

Would the real FC Dallas please stand up?

Saturday night was an evening of frustrations for FC Dallas fans.

Fresh off a big road win, we expected this team to continue its rise and begin to solidify a playoff spot. Unfortunately, none of that happened. A home point isn’t always bad for teams, but as the playoff race tightens and every single measly digit matters, dropping points at home makes the rest of that way that much more of a nail biter. This is another one that FC Dallas will look back in regret, especially if they miss the playoff bubble.

The chances were there. Santiago Mosquera had the best of them. Michael Barrios looked dangerous (in moments) and should have drawn a penalty. Paxton Pomykal instantly impacted the game when he came on.

Likewise, the defense didn’t play too badly, though RSL was able to generate some juicy opportunities off of their counter attack. Jesse Gonzalez was called into two huge saves that prevented Beckerman’s boys from stealing more. It was an ugly game, kind of boring, when possession-based football didn’t exactly sparkle.

The question lingers - which FC Dallas is going to coalesce down the stretch? The team that can dazzle behind Pomykal? Or the team that struggles to find anyone on the roster who can put the ball into the back of the net? Playoffs are still very much a reality for this team. If FC Dallas can close out and dominate at home, that might be enough for a spot. Mix in a couple of road results, and Frisco could feature a home playoff game. But it’s a question. It’s a crapshoot. It’s uncertain. That is deservedly frustrating to FCD fans.

Jason Poon really spells out the highs and lows of this squad in his recent Chalkboard piece. Playing the kids is fun - except when it isn’t.

Santiago, You Need to Make That

Come on, dude.

Who will you vote for?

I don’t want to get too down on some guys, but I could.

Jesse Gonzalez is still my preferred vote this week, as he had two crucial saves to keep FC Dallas in it. Maybe he was a bit lucky, but this game could have been worse.

Matt Hedges is worthy of another nod. He put out a lot of fires and seemed to have some of his confidence going in his feet and a few dribbling moves to get out of danger. Good stuff.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Reggie Cannon
    (0 votes)
  • 22%
    Matt Hedges
    (5 votes)
  • 4%
    Reto Ziegler
    (1 vote)
  • 31%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Bryan Acosta
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Jesus Ferreira
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Michael Barrios
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
22 votes total Vote Now