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Workhorse of the Week vs. Portland Timbers

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FC Dallas eked out a full three points at home, not without some controversy. Was it a PK or not? Come inside, share your opinion, and cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

Portland Timbers v FC Dallas Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Congratulations to shot stopper, Jimmy Maurer, for his first Workhorse nod of the year for keeping FC Dallas in it against Philly.

Was it a PK or not?

FC Dallas controlled the game against Portland easily for the first 45 minutes, but then as the second half worn on, Dallas got a bit tired, and the Portland Timbers got more confident. Plus, when you can sub on a guy named Diego Valeri, expect a late push. Certainly, there are a lot of positives, the biggest of which is the three points at home, but there remain lingering concerns as this team keeps growing and figuring things out. A couple of penalty shouts top that list of lingering concerns.

For one, Matt Doyle made this observation:

Our excellent writer, Scott Hiney, broke down some of what may have been at work with FC Dallas’ last gasp defending. Read his piece here, but the point is that as our players adjust to the work rate that Luchi demands, there are gaps. There are opportunities for learning. The team is getting worn down, which makes mental mistakes like PK shouts, legitimate or not, more likely. Add to that a super young team - there are a ton of learning opportunities.

Frankly, I do think Ryan got lucky not to get called for that handball. But that’s just me. What do you think?

Who to vote for this week?

With the 2-1 home at win, I want to start by recognizing Jesus Ferreira. He was great in this game and should have found at least one more goal to add to this tally. But remember - I changed the rules, so since Jesus was subbed out, he’s not eligible for a vote. You can argue with me about this in the comments, but they are the rules, and I’m sticking to ‘em.

I am down a little on Ryan Hollingshead in this game. He was active as usual and all over the place, but he was a bit out of control at times, clearly struggling just a little bit against Portland. Solid game for him, but if one of those PKs had gone the other way, we wouldn’t be happy with that solid effort.

Instead, I recommend going with Matt Hedges and Paxton Pomykal for their all around game. Matt remains solid in the back, and it was great to have him in the starting lineup with some concern about his health last week. Paxton showed his continued emergence and savvy. He is playing like a veteran at moments, and he is setting a high bar for other young midfielders to measure themselves against.

So, vote, and tell me whether those were PKs or not.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Reggie Cannon
    (0 votes)
  • 20%
    Matt Hedges
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Carlos Gruezo
    (0 votes)
  • 55%
    Paxton Pomykal
    (25 votes)
  • 15%
    Michael Barrios
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (2 votes)
45 votes total Vote Now