Rookie debutant John Nelson earned his first Workhorse career win last week with 20 total votes, a prelude to dominance and hall of fame consideration someday? You decide.
One Point From Two Matches
Los Angeles FC is the top team in MLS right now. They are playing well and have avoided some injury challenges. That may soon come to an end for them, but they looked the part against FC Dallas this week on a Thursday night game on the west coast and one in Frisco. Ultimately, I don’t think many FC Dallas fans are panicking. We saw a young team, disrupted by call-ups and injuries, hold their own a bit with this top team, salvaging a point after going down a man.
It was a mess, yes. FC Dallas can both be considered lucky and unlucky. The refs did not help them out. Tyler Miller, LA’s GK, deserved a red yesterday (and maybe on Thursday). Bressan was lucky not to pick up a red on Thursday. Michael Barrios got injured. Paxton Pomykal was clearly missing. There are some ‘what ifs’ for FCD over these two matches.
Still, this is do or die time for FC Dallas and for numerous starters. Guys like Bryan Reynolds are getting on the field and making a case for further inclusion in the rotation. John Nelson continues to get minutes and show some quality, including limiting Carlos Vela on Thursday. Pablo Aranguiz is getting enough minutes to show whether he is the future and present or soon to be packing his stuff up on the way out.
I remain both positive and frustrated with this team. Maybe that’s an apt metaphor for FC Dallas fandom. There is immense promise, and when youngsters get on the field and flash something, why aren’t they getting more minutes? And yet, this team can be frustrating to watch as Hedges and co figure out inventive ways to turn over the ball deep in their attacking half. Trust Luchi, for now. It’s a process, right?
Who deserves your precious vote?
Across the two matches, I’m recommending Jesse Gonzalez who really stood on his head to keep FC Dallas in this one.
Who else do you think deserves a vote?
Remember, I am limiting it to players who went the full 90 in either match.
Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.
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