Rookie John Nelson tallied up a bunch of votes after a solid performance and earned himself a Workhorse nod last week. Good stuff for the youngster who is coming on quickly.
Break that Streak
I know some fans were panicking after FC Dallas’ past run of games. The team hadn’t looked bad, but their style of player wasn’t producing enough goals and dangerous opportunities. Sure, we’ve broken down the reality that this team is missing some key talent, but a team that wants to make it into the playoffs needs to grind out some results from time to time. This streak with just like 2 points in seven games seemed to be a number of games when it was clear the squad was trying to figure out how to grind out some tough results.
Luchi Gonzalez’s squad was frustrated, but home cooking is usually helpful. Against a Seattle team that had just lost in Kansas City, the timing was right too. Though Seattle scored three goals, two of them were own goals, created from Dallas finally taking advantage of some set piece opportunities and rejuvenated play. Here’s what helped - Thomas Roberts. Roberts, while not lights out playing in the middle, did enough to pop up in dangerous spots, draw defenders, and create more space for his teammates to work. This was an all around better performance and a sorely needed 3 points.
Thankfully, the streak is broken. The team can build on this as they prepare to face San Jose without Carlos Gruezo, who was excellent against Seattle, and Bryan Acosta, who maybe had his best game in a Dallas kit so far. It’s going to be tough, but the mental break may be just what they need to get back on track.
A Growing Coach
I am becoming more and more impressed by Coach Luchi Gonzalez. He really seems to be trying to build something cohesive but is showing a willingness to tinker. In Major League Soccer, especially with roster parity, any edge over the course of the season can be helpful. One of those edges has to be a willingness to make adjustments and give opponents different looks, without losing what you want to do. I like what I see from Luchi. He is adjusting, and it gives me hope that he will continue to grow as a coach in the future.
- What do you think? Is Coach Luchi growing up?
Who to vote for?
There are plenty of players to recommend for your precious vote. The whole defense did pretty well. Ryan Hollingshead plays wherever he is needed. Hedges looked solid in his return to action after the suspension last week.
But I’m going to highlight Dominique Badji. The striker went 90 minutes, and he left it all out on the field for that 90. He wanted to stay in to the bitter end. While he didn’t get on the score, he was unlucky not to get a chance to put another goal in Seattle’s net. His play is starting to come around as he has gotten healthy. Good for him. I say give him your vote for working his tail off.
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