We got 2019 off to a bang with Michael Barrios taking home the first Workhorse of the Week nod for his solid effort against the New England Revolution in a home draw. Carlos Gruezo came in a strong second in the vote tallies. Who will win week two?
Congratulations, Coach Luchi
I imagine Coach Luchi feels good after getting his first win as a MLS head coach. Had FC Dallas struggled a bit out of the gates, certainly to be expected with a new coach in charge, the burden of the first win would have been one more distraction on top of a new scheme, formation, and style of play. So, yes, Luchi doesn’t have to worry about that now and keep building momentum with his team going forward. There will be some tough moments in upcoming games, I’m sure, but Luchi is adapting and learning. And has this team figuring things out, which is all you can ask for.
Congratulations, Roland Lamah
FC Dallas’ former superstar, Roland Lamah, is doing his superstar things for Cincinnati, helping FC Cincinnati earn its first point ever in MLS and a solid result in the harrowing reality that is Atlanta. Nice result for the expansion club, and an excellent finish by our dearly missed hero:
Recap and Vote
FC Dallas ironed out some wrinkles after a disappointing opening weekend, and the product on the field improved as they kicked the Los Angeles Galaxy back west with a tidy 2-0 win. Paxton Pomykal was an instant creative force, at times interchanging with Santiago Mosquera and Michael Barrios, moving around and finding space to pop up and wreck havoc. The kid is growing in confidence, and he needs to be the week in and out starter going forward. The future is bright.
Ultimately, the Los Angeles Galaxy were not so bright. Sure, LA was missing Zlatan and some other key pieces, but this was that big first win of the season and helps the team build confidence with a tough season ahead. Bryan Acosta continues to adjust and get his feet under him, and you love what Carlos Gruezo, Reto Ziegler, Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead, and others are doing. This is possession-based soccer, and while it has its scary moments, the Pareja era is rapidly being put in the rearview mirror.
And once again, Acosta’s screamer of shot was a beauty.
Who to vote for this time around?
I concur that any of the midfield are worthy of a vote - Gruezo and Acosta, for sure.
Paxton Pomykal is probably my front runner. He got the assist sure, but he was all over the place and even tracking back on defense. Tomorrow begins today.
You can give love to Ryan Hollingshead too, and while I am not as high on him as my fave writer, Jason Poon, is, he handled his job at both left and right back, handling the position switch like it wasn’t a big deal after Reggie Cannon exited with an injury. The only thing missing was time in goal to complete the defensive positional hat trick.
Vote below, and let me know your thoughts in the comment section. (And remember - the rules changed. No votes for guys who didn’t go the full 90. It’s a workhorse after all.)
Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.
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