Congratulations to Ryan Hollingshead with a bunch of votes and love for his performance two weeks against Sporting Kansas City.
When the final whistle blew, FC Dallas, weary and worn out, saw their season come to a close on Saturday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest. The team met its goal to compete for a playoff spot and made things exciting and interesting as they fought back twice to level the match and force extra time at Seattle. It was a thrilling, incredible match, so all the more difficult to take as time ran out and the season came to an end.
I just wanted to begin there, because it has been an unpredictable, incredible season for fans. We’ve seen the highs and lows. We’ve been cruelly disappointed and letdown. We’ve been livid with frustration at referees. We’ve leapt for joy from our seats and couches and bar stools. We’ve been proud of this team and their accomplishments. We’ve been patient and trusting. We’ve experienced cynicism and hope.
But it’s over. 2019 has come to an end for FC Dallas, and 2020 promises to be even more exhilarating of an experience.
Thank you, FC Dallas, for a heck of a season, a season which could have easily gone a lot worse with a new head coach, young players, and change.
My weekly column is written from the perspective of a fan, so week to week, I’ve laid it out there as I’ve processed the joy, disappointment, intrigue, and controversy of each match. I’ve questioned coaching decisions when things didn’t quite work out. I’ve questioned roster and lineup decisions. I’ve wondered if there were hidden storylines or drama in the locker room, and I’ve extolled players who deserve some love for their oft overlooked hard work in the trenches. It’s fun - otherwise, I wouldn’t do it!
So, here is what I can say about FC Dallas’ game against Seattle.
The players left everything out there on the field.
You can’t EVER ask for more than that as a coach, fan, general manager, or neutral.
While the game didn’t start off the way Dallas might have wanted with some defensive miscues and unlucky bounces, they battled every minute, coming back twice to level the game. Two FC Dallas goals came off set pieces, which has been an area of their play that has let this team a little down over the course of the season. Both goals were vintage soccer stuff, taking advantage of Seattle’s ineptness in the defensive third. The other goal was sweetly put away by Reggie Cannon who stepped into a tough position high up the field in a big game.
Over the course of 120 minutes, FC Dallas was the better attacking team. Seattle deserve credit for putting away their chances, a couple of them scrappy little openings, but Dallas outplayed Seattle most of the day. It was clear the players were ready to go from the opening whistle, buying into Luchi’s vision and tweaks. What an incredible match to watch.
It was unfortunate that this team couldn’t advance, but in a place where Dallas rarely has success to find the guts to take the game to Seattle, this was a hell of a performance and a hell of a match.
Are there questions about the future, about tactics, about players, about those defensive miscues that we can learn from this match? Sure. We’ll have plenty of time to get to them in the future. This offseason is going to be intriguing, because Dallas may feel confident enough to pick and choose a couple of replacements to make a difference in key areas but otherwise continue to trust the incredible youth talent emerging in their midst. We have North Texas Soccer Club’s inaugural championship season to thank for that wealth of potential too.
So, FC Dallas, thank you for a heck of a season. I know I doubted you at times, and I struggled, and I wondered. But you laid it on the line on Saturday, and so I say thank you. Let’s do it again next season. #DTID
One more time, let’s nominate and select our Workhorse of the Week from this past weekend’s playoff match. I’ve kept the 90 minute rule this season, so I’ll keep it to 120 minutes for this one. Who went 120 and deserves love? (This unfortunately rules out Brandon Servania who is as deserving as anyone.)
We have plenty to recommend, but of the defense who had their ups and downs in this game, you got to give love to Reggie Cannon for stepping into a position and helping Dallas rally back to make this a game. What a tireless fearsome performance to switch two positions, put in a goal, and keep Dallas in it.
Who else would you recommend? Lay it all on the line in the comments below.
Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.
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