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Workhorse of the Week: FC Dallas vs. New England Revolution

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Welcome to the first Workhorse of the Week of 2019 with new rules and new players and a new season! Vote for your top player from last weekend’s match.

MLS: New England Revolution at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to 2019! FC Dallas hosted the New England Revolution to kick off their first home match under Coach Luchi Gonzalez, with new faces mixed in and a fresh approach on the field. Even if the first game wasn’t quite the result we wanted, it’s a beginning. Sometimes, great things start with small steps.

New Rules

The Workhorse of the Week recaps some of the action and performances from the past week’s games and invites you to vote on a player who most exemplified the “workhorse” spirit of this team - hard-working, steady, often unheralded.

I’m offering a break from previous years’ approaches, narrowing the field of players who are eligible to garner your vote. The polls will be smaller, and hopefully, by the end of the year, we’ll have a nice clear picture on who did the gritty work, week in and out, and helped FC Dallas to some tough results. In past years, I encouraged you to vote for non-goal scorers especially, and while that general suggestion will persist, I’m not going to care. Instead, here are the updated criteria:

  • An eligible Workhorse winner must go the full 90 minutes. Sorry, no substitutes.
  • Vote for a goal scorer or not. I don’t care.
  • At the end of the season, I’ll count total votes across all of our polls.
  • The poll is going to close on the Friday of each week, so vote quick and move on.

If you have any questions or advice, comment below.

1-1 Draw

In years past, FC Dallas has had a reputation for starting strong, while other teams took some time to climb into form. This year, with a new coach, FC Dallas indeed looked different, not quite there, not quite coordinated, still in progress, and we hope that there will indeed be a steep rise in cohesiveness in the coming weeks. This was not the exciting start that we quite wanted, but it was a start.

For a moment, after Michael Barrios’ killer opening goal, I was certain that this team was going to turn it on and shoot out of the gate with fresh motivation... and heck, win the whole darn league.

But the team struggled, despite a bunch of possession. It just wasn’t their day, and you could tell that this may or may not have its best XI quite out there. The goal came off of a poor clearance and some ball watching, something that we’ve seen happen quite a few other times. Despite all of that possession, the shots on goal didn’t arrive in bunches like the team deserved.

Was this just a team still adjusting to a new style of play and new relationships? Was it a sign of difficult days ahead? Or was it just a slow start to a new season?

Of the players I can recommend for this first vote of 2019:

  • Carlos Gruezo did his normal things. He was good and should fit well in this new style of play.
  • Dominique Badji is emerging and could have a good year. He provided excellent support to generate some attacks, and his speed compliments his size and strength. All in all, I liked his game, even if I had hoped he could have snagged a late goal.
  • Bryan Acosta had a decent debut. There were some things to like about what we he brought, even if it wasn’t quite there yet.
  • Michael Barrios had a super slick goal and was a menace throughout the game. This is his team now.

Tell us below who you are voting for as we get this Workhorse poll started. And remember, we are only voting on guys who went the full 90.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (1 vote)
  • 3%
    Reggie Cannon
    (2 votes)
  • 12%
    Matt Hedges
    (8 votes)
  • 1%
    Reto Ziegler
    (1 vote)
  • 12%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (8 votes)
  • 21%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (14 votes)
  • 3%
    Bryan Acosta
    (2 votes)
  • 34%
    Michael Barrios
    (23 votes)
  • 7%
    Dominique Badji
    (5 votes)
  • 3%
    No One
    (2 votes)
66 votes total Vote Now