The mustache won. Ryan Hollingshead earned the most votes to be named last week’s Workhorse, and I imagine we’ll be seeing his name again shortly.
With FC Dallas downing Colorado 2-1, we can turn our attention to the names and facial hair we want to highlight.
Ryan Hollingshead Celebratory Party Thread
Hollingshead has been the story of the season so far. I wouldn’t say I am a Hollingshead fan, although he has given color commentators a lot to talk about with his year delay from professional soccer to help his brother in ministry, his icy road heroics which he was lucky to survive from, and his incredible propensity to delight the crowd with various hair makeovers. That legacy continues, and furthermore, he seems like a great fit for what Luchi Gonzalez wants to do.
Ryan rightfully won Man of the Match for his performance. He was as usual an energetic bundle of joy in defense and a force to be reckoned with in attack. Putting away the go ahead goal cemented the performance over all. It’s wild that it takes this much time for a guy like Ryan to truly lock down a spot, but barring some really bad matches, he should be good to go at left back for a while.
Was this game good or meh?
I’m already sensing from our readers that this game could be interpreted in a couple of ways:
(A) The overall performance was strong in light of international call-ups, youngsters getting key starts and minutes, and the result.
(B) The overall performance was meh, because FC Dallas should be far better than needing to scrap a win against a toothless Colorado Rapids side.
I do think there are complications to both viewpoints. This Colorado team is markedly better than last year, and Kei Kamara is always a difficult opponent to deal with on the defensive side of the ball. He is a monster in the air, and that was clearly on display as his header off the bar led to Colorado’s ricochet goal. FC Dallas truly did miss the calming, oft under-appreciated Carlos Gruezo presence at the back.
With that said, the first 10-15 minutes, while unsustainable, was a good sign of what young, creative players can bring to Luchi’s tactical approach. Pablo Aranguiz is a really intriguing piece in the mix. Paxton Pomykal is going to thrive more and more. Jesus Ferreira, while not great, had his moments. Even Dominique Badji contributed. I like that Luchi tweaked a bit and seems to recognize that a key to this season is going to be developing all the tools in his team’s toolbox to pull out some wins.
So, I’m somewhere in between. Would I have liked to have seen a more polished performance? Yes. Was Colorado a challenging opponent? Absolutely. Is there more to come? Heck, yes.
Who to vote for?
I am going to continue to celebrate a regular cadre of names. Remember, according to my new self-imposed rules, players who go the full 90 are eligible for a vote.
Matt Hedges - Monster game. He was up for it.
Ryan Hollingshead - The best player on the field for the most part.
Paxton Pomykal - He’s great.
Reggie Cannon - Good to have him back. A solid return to the starting lineup.
Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.
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