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Workhorse of the Week vs. Houston Dynamo

FC Dallas loses 2-1 at Houston. Was it clear and obvious? Vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

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In last week’s vote, with 30 of you participating, we ended up with our first tie of 2019 - Matt Hedges and Ryan Hollingshead locked at 9 votes a piece. The 0-0 draw against San Jose was that kind of game - not a terrible result but not a lot to write home about.

Was it clear and obvious?

I know it’s hard to be a ref, and that’s why stuff like VAR should be used as often as possible to help refs manage the game and get a second look at tough calls. Sure, it shouldn’t slow down the flow of the game. There are improvements to be made. How about having someone communicate a little more detail on what is being looked at and what is going on? Not sure how you do that consistently, but I imagine the refs and league can figure something out.

But, even then, some choices are going to come down to the ref trusting what they see on the field and making a tough call.

Last Saturday at Houston, FC Dallas unfortunately suffered a couple of those kinds of decisions. The penalty was a lame call. Yes, there was some contact, two players coming together in the box, but while it may have looked clear in the run of play, replays sowed seeds of doubt. However, was there really a good angle to show something clear and obvious, either for or against? That’s the question that lingered with me after seeing the call again (and again and again). I wish the ref had taken a look, but I also get why the the VAR official maybe didn’t press the point. Of course, this is all speculation.

Ultimately, despite losing 2-1, FC Dallas didn't play that bad and were unlucky to not salvage a point out of the match. Away games in Houston are always a tough place. There’s usually a red card or something weird that happens. FC Dallas gave up two goals, and that is usually enough in this league to lock up points for a home team. A late surge did offer some promising light in the swamp, but a nice little goal by Santiago Mosquera was called off due to a phantom foul in the box. Definitely not a great decision by the ref either.

I’m mostly concerned about balance with FC Dallas. With Paxton Pomykal out, it was great to see Santiago and Badji make impacts. However, Coach Luchi needs to figure out how to get the right mix of players on the field. Three DMs probably doesn’t cut it. Who can help unlock this team’s potential as they return home?

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Despite the loss, there are players who gave their all out there and went the full 90. Edwin Cerrillo is one. How about Michael Barrios with the nice assist? Vote below and share your reactions to this game in our comments.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Reggie Cannon
    (0 votes)
  • 50%
    Matt Hedges
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 11%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (2 votes)
  • 5%
    Edwin Cerrillo
    (1 vote)
  • 5%
    Bryan Acosta
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Pablo Aranguiz
    (0 votes)
  • 16%
    Michael Barrios
    (3 votes)
  • 11%
    No One
    (2 votes)
18 votes total Vote Now