Join the youth movement! Paxton Pomykal won his first ever Workhorse of the Week by a landslide from his crucial performance against the LA Galaxy. Ryan Hollingshead came in second.
Who is that mustached man?
Earning an honorable mention this week, Ryan Hollingshead’s mustache.
I didn’t turn off the feed on Saturday afternoon with a sense of despair and hopelessness as the Columbus Crew SC blanked FC Dallas, handing them their first away loss of the season. I was frustrated to see FC Dallas possess the ball, circulate the ball, and play generally solid defense but not able to break through on that final finish. Sure, Columbus could have scored 1-2 more goals, and maybe they should have, but FC Dallas also showed glimpses of the defensive prowess this team is capable of maintaining. We saw a team that is clearly a work in progress, with a starting left back coming off of injury and veterans and youngsters who are trying to make this new system work under pressure.
There are tons of question marks, but as I’ve made clear in the comments elsewhere, I’m not ready to say that it’s all the players or all the system or all the coach. It’s likely a mix of all three. If FC Dallas is still in a disconnected state come summer, then it may be time to view this season as a wash. It may already be a wash with a new coach, but we anticipate and expect this team to compete. They have the talent, even if some parts aren’t quite there yet.
The bright spots for me were Paxton Pomykal as the sole creative force, Ryan Hollingshead for being all over the field and doing his part to create something out of nothing, and Carlos Gruezo for being the steady rock in central midfield. I think you can’t go wrong with Jesse Gonzalez, Matt Hedges, and Reto Ziegler either for solid games.
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