You voted Paxton Pomykal the “workhorse” choice from last week’s match. He’s worthy. The kid is taking it up a notch each week.
In Jesse We Trust
Surely, you've seen the highlights and two incredible counter attack goals. What a result! If you watch the full replay, you’ll see a pretty negative tactical style employed by Luchi Gonzalez’s squad to solid effect, thwarting an Atlanta United side that should be better but isn’t for whatever reason. Part of the reason isn’t that Atlanta is bad right now or their coach stinks - part of it is because teams are figuring them out and making life hard for the defending MLS champs. It happens. It’s soccer. It’s why repeating as champions is really difficult.
But ultimately, my take away from game is the Easter good news that Jesse saves - a season high seven saves, in fact.
As impressed as I was by Edwin Cerrillo’s progress, the solid performance of Bressan, the grit of Paxton Pomykal getting bumped, prodded, and knocked down, the speed and precision of Michael Barrios, the excellent subs, and the continued leadership of our whole back line (including another solid performance from Ryan “almost a handball” Hollingshead), it was Jesse Gonzalez who gave me goosebumps. The guy may still be showing the coach and team how sorry he is for violating team rules and losing a start in Philadelphia or he may be fending off Jimmy Maurer who showed he’s ready to step in - but whatever, he kept FC Dallas in this game and denied some pretty excellent chances that Atlanta managed to generate. More than a few of those were the kind of saves that good keepers can’t fend off. Jesse is more than a good keeper - he has the potential to be great.
I’m making my case that he deserves your votes, and a lot of them, for Workhorse of the Week, but again, you have your pick from a team that came in with a heck of a game plan and headed back home with a juicy three points to sip by the fire. The whole back line got the job done.
Remember, you can only vote on players who went the full 90 this week, so that does limit a few choices (like Jesus Ferreira or Paxton Pomykal). Tell us who you voted for and why.
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