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Workhorse of the Week vs Sporting Kansas City

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Playoffs? Playoffs? Vote for your top player from FC Dallas’ playoff clinching win over Kansas City.

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, you fans gave Jesse Gonzalez some love for his shot stopping ability that kept the Colorado match from being completely out of hand with a late season Workhorse nod.

SIX TO ZERO

It doesn’t get any better than this.

Well, actually, I’d love to have seen this response in a couple of other home games earlier this season so that FC Dallas would have clinched the playoffs and a higher seed a long time ago, so maybe there is a better.

But for right now - it doesn’t get any better than a 6-0 performance at home to clinch the final spot in the postseason.

The opening goal from Cobra came out of nowhere, and I think it set the tone for this team’s confidence and focus. When you see your starting striker out running and out hustling defenders, you have to get fired up. You have to know that today you have a chance to score yourself, and sure enough, the team spread the wealth. Matt Hedges got his first goal of the year, Santiago Mosquera tallied a goal off of a deflection, Jesus Ferreira broke his drought, and Michael Barrios got going too. That’s all good stuff as the team prepares to face a difficult Seattle team.

Maybe it’s just enough of a boost of confidence to have them in the right frame of mind to grind out a result.

Of course, Sporting Kansas City had mixed up their lineups quite a bit and ran out a bunch of youngsters. As Cobra said after the game though, it wasn’t a complete domination in the first half. Kansas City recovered after the first two goals and put FC Dallas on their back foot. The good news is that Dallas showed a brilliant surge of energy in the second half to put the game clearly and convincingly away. We’ve sometimes missed seeing second half adjustments from this team that worked, so maybe Luchi and his team are continuing to unlock some tweaks and ideas for how to approach different situations and get more out of the team.

In the playoffs, it’s one game at a time. There is nothing to lose.

COBRA

Ondrasek came to Frisco in a strange fashion, somewhat unheralded except as a fan favorite kind of story and moniker. Yes, we shared memes and Karate Kid jokes about the potential of Cobra, and for the most part, the season turned into a bust. He didn’t show a lot and struggled to get on the field and make a difference. Something clicked though. Maybe he had a nagging injury. Maybe it was the Texas heat. Maybe it was just the acclimation to a physical league and new style of play.

But, he’s looked lively, active, and effective as of late, finishing up the year with seven stinking goals.

The good news for him is that he may have played himself into a longer stay in Frisco and a starting role going forward.

Of course, his legacy and legend is still coming together. If he can do something in the playoffs, will he be the one this team has waited for since at least Blas Perez?

VOTE

You have plenty of options for Workhorse of the Week. I’m going to recommend Brandon Servania who has locked down a starting spot and is a key to this team’s success. Who else would you recommend?

And remember, even though you may want to vote for Cobra, I’m only making eligible players who went the full 90.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Reggie Cannon
    (1 vote)
  • 15%
    Matt Hedges
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 36%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (12 votes)
  • 12%
    Brandon Servania
    (4 votes)
  • 24%
    Michael Barrios
    (8 votes)
  • 9%
    Jesus Ferreira
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
33 votes total Vote Now