Brandon Servania garnered the most votes last week from a strong 4th of July performance to bring home his first Workhorse of the Week. Congratulations to the youngster!
Gut Punch Central
Over the course of 90 minutes at Allianz Field, FC Dallas appeared the stronger side. Minnesota looked content to concede possession and take their chances on the counter, but behind a strong performance from Jesse Gonzalez, Dallas were hungry for a solid away result. As Bobby Warshaw points out in his takeaways this week, Luchi’s boys are absolutely strong defensively and throughout the midfield but seem to lack that final bit in the offensive third. Generating 16 shots on goal with 6 on frame is a pretty solid stat line for an away game.
Give them one goal and this result could have looked a lot different.
What a gut punch of a loss!
Kudos to the squad for battling late and looking for their own Mason Toye-type substitute in Bryan Reynolds, but Ziegler’s PK miss has this team trending in the wrong direction as the playoff picture firms up.
What do we take away?
I do think it is important to repeat the refrain that FC Dallas has a first year MLS head coach, a guy who may be proven in the youth leagues but didn’t even have a particularly resonant pro career. Luchi Gonzalez is unproven. He has a lot to learn, and this team doesn’t always look like that. In many ways, they are ahead of the schedule, playing a gaggle of youngsters and sorting through a roster that could use some quality and experience in most spots.
At this level, confidence is key. Jesus Ferreira is probably the best striker on the roster right now, but he’s young and he needs breaks. Luchi won’t get him scoring more goals by running him into the ground or adding more pressure on the kid’s frame. Luchi has such a tough job of encouraging guys to continue to develop, learn some hard lessons, but not lose confidence all the same.
So, I want FC Dallas to make the playoffs. I think they have a strong chance to do so, but this year is such a monumental shift in this franchise’s approach to buying and developing talent that it may be another year out. Hang tight. Root for this squad in the meanwhile.
Brandon Servania was high on my list of recommendations, but he didn’t go the full 90.
I think you can continue to assert that Paxton Pomykal and Jesse Gonzalez did their parts to get a result and deserve a vote. Who else would you recommend? Share below in the comments, and vent a little bit about where this team is at this point in the season.
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