Matt Hedges defended his previous week’s nod and earned enough votes to be last week’s Workhorse.
Work in Progress
Yes, this formation, this team, and this season is a work in progress.
I’m not letting FC Dallas off the hook by saying that. They lost at home to a heavily rotated New York Red Bulls squad. Sure, they had some chances, but their tactical formation never quite clicked. New York took advantage of some lapses in concentration, which can happen with a young team, and found the back of the net. FC Dallas, on the other hand, despite a beautiful pass from Jacori Hayes to Jesus Ferreira, couldn’t find the back of the net in the same way. Ultimately, the home squad was poor.
Patience is a hard thing to preach to a fanbase that was building excitement about this team and its shift in direction. The past two seasons under Oscar Pareja showcased some similar challenges at times - a team that could get into dangerous spots but struggle to put it away. We are weary of that broken record. The beginning of the season instilled some fresh hope in us, but these past few games have dulled that euphoria.
And yet - patience. Right now, the squad is being tested because it is talented. Gruezo, Acosta, Pomykal, Cerrillo, and Servania are on their way out for some time with international teams. That’s exciting, and it builds the reputation of a premier academy and this franchise. However, it leaves the remaining players trying to figure out how to keep some solid form going, asking guys to jump into positions they may be uncomfortable in. Ryan Hollingshead seems like this team’s ultimate utility player, and on Saturday, he wasn’t quite so utilitarian on the right wing. Dominique Badji went down with another injury. Santiago Mosquera may be out for some time with a knee issue. The roster is going to be thin.
So, this is a work in progress to see how Coach Luchi responds and gets his team up for a coming run of tough matches. This is a work in progress to see youngsters take these openings and show that they deserve more time. This is an opportunity for this team, that is still missing some pieces, to take a step forward and buy into a winning culture.
That’s my optimistic take, because as disappointing as Saturday was, the long term looks fun.
Who to vote for?
It’s hard to vote for a defensive player on this squad after the team gave up 3 goals. I don’t recommend Pablo Aranguiz. He wasn’t quite up to the level of play on Sunday, even if he wasn’t all bad. Jacori Hayes had a nice assist, but he got subbed off. Maybe Bryan Acosta? I’ll give John Nelson some credit for getting through his first full 90 minutes at this level, but I don’t think he particularly shined. You decide, and tell me who to vote for
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. I’m going to sit with this game for another day and then vote.