Goalkeepers deserve some love too. Jesse Gonzalez got that with 14 votes and a Workhorse nod for his performance last week against Los Angeles FC in two matches.
Close But Not Quite There?
FC Dallas strode into Vancouver with some hope of turning around their slump. The Whitecaps had just played 4 games in about two weeks, so it seemed there was opportunity for FC Dallas to take advantage of tired legs and take a step forward. Unfortunately, the finished product lacked just enough to get them to a point.
I feel for Luchi Gonzalez. He is staying patient and encouraging even as the team has struggled with a myriad of issues. Two of their regular starters, Paxton Pomykal and Edwin Cerrillo, are at the U20 World Cup. Other key players are struggling with injury. Reto Ziegler was a late scratch from the lineup. Matt Hedges was sitting out after the red card earned in the previous match. Rather than toss Callum Montgomery in, Luchi trusted utility man Ryan Hollingshead to hold down the fort. It was a risky move - but a decent one, because Ryan seems to be up for any challenge.
And it almost paid off.
A late goal from Dominique Badji gave FC Dallas some hope, but a couple of defensive miscues were enough to put Vancouver ahead for good. The defense didn't lay awful. Bressan was pretty solid. John Nelson, while not perfect, continued to show his quality and emergence as a starter at left back. The midfield wasn’t awful, but they couldn’t quite find that final pass. Thomas Roberts may get a start in the coming weeks, as he is showing he can impact the game with his energy and athleticism as a sub.
In the coming weeks, more key players will be out on international action, so Luchi is going to have really dig deep and see what this squad is made of. If you want results now, it may be disappointing. This team may come up short. But if you think of how these minutes will pay off in the future, the future remains bright for this squad. These kinds of matches are ones that will build this team’s identity and character. I get that we fans can be frustrated, but I hope we keep in mind that Luchi’s project is going to take some time.
Who to vote for?
I don't mind a vote for Bressan, John Nelson, or Dominique Badji. They all contributed and left a mark on the game, playing to the final minute. That’s what we fans want to see.
Who else do you think deserves some love? I’ll see you in the comments!
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