What a year it has been!
After reviewing my past Workhorse of the Week columns from the season, giving you loyal readers and fans a chance to vote for your “workhorse” FC Dallas player from each week of action, I was hit by how much this season has been filled with change.
For example, FC Dallas witnessed the emergence of a series of young players, some of whom have fought their way into a starting spot and others who only contributed in a brief few games before disappearing down the depth chart. We had these moments in this wild season when the potential of guys like Edwin Cerrillo and John Nelson threatened to become a major storyline. Did any of us foresee Brandon Servania becoming a de facto starter or Jesus Ferreira finishing out the season as a No. 10? I sure didn’t.
For a minute, I recall our conversations being deeply centered in Pablo Aranguiz’s future with this team before being loaned out, but how much have we talked about him as of late as Paxton Pomykal supplanted the conversation? Could we perceive that we would miss Carlos Gruezo as much as we would? Did any of us think Ryan Hollingshead would have such a dominant season at left back?
This season has ushered in a new attitude and direction with FC Dallas. Yes, there are still some frustrations to overcome and improvement on the horizon, but overall, we shouldn’t lose sight of the big picture that this squad has undergone an incredible transformation in a short amount of time. The positives are enough to suggest that FC Dallas will continue to be a force in the coming season with more unpredictable storylines and possibilities than we’ve yet to imagine.
But we turn our attention to the task at hand - it’s time to vote for our Workhorse of the Year.
I combed through each entry and gathered all of our week to week winners, and the wide array of results is really intriguing. It reaffirms how I opened this column. You couldn’t predict which player was going to make an impact. We see some familiar stalwarts, but a few names like John Nelson and Jimmy Maurer point to the potential in this roster and their solid amount of depth. It’s also surprising to see both Reggie Cannon and Michael Barrios with single workhorse nods despite strong seasons.
But you decided week to week, so I trust your decision making as you clicked that vote button.
Here’s the tally, in alphabetical order:
- Michael Barrios - 1
- Reggie Cannon - 1
- Jesse Gonzalez - 4
- Matt Hedges - 4
- Ryan Hollingshead - 12
- Jimmy Maurer - 1
- John Nelson - 2
- Paxton Pomykal - 4
- Brandon Servania - 2
- No One - 2
Obviously, Ryan Hollingshead is the top choice here with a phenomenal 12 Workhorse of the Week nods. He had a tremendous season, pitching in goals and locking down that left back spot as a veteran, dependable presence. He is likely the best left back in MLS and should get looks with the United States Men’s National Team if their current head coach would drop his infatuation with Daniel Lovitz.
But Jesse Gonzalez, Matt Hedges, and Paxton Pomykal tie for second, so I’m going to let you settle this one last time.
Vote below, and tell me who deserves Workhorse of the Year. If you think it’s Ryan, say so. If you think Ryan was great but the credit really needs to go to Paxton, Matt, or Jesse, make your case.
As usual, thank you for reading and voting. I appreciate each of you who take the time to click and join in the feisty conversation. Let’s hope next season is just as good!
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