It’s happening. Ryan Hollingshead is likely cruising to a dominant Workhorse of the Year performance, adding another week to his tally. He can do just about anything.
A Team That Needed Some Fireworks
FC Dallas was a team on Thursday evening that needed some fireworks.
Overall, the team has been playing well, giving youngsters serious minutes and showing their depth. The pieces of the puzzle almost fit. We have seen glimpses of everything coming together while competing for a playoff spot. And yet - it hasn’t quite all worked out over the past month.
Starting out July with 3 points then is good stuff.
FC Dallas needed those glittering colorful explosions on and off the field to kickstart the second half of the season.
But A Few Duds
As we were leaving College Park’s annual firework show after the grand finale last night, a few final blasts pierced the evening sky.
Everyone wondered if the show was still going on, but it was just a few misfires. I think that still captures what FC Dallas and coaching staff are figuring out. How do we build up the confidence in these guys to put away those missed chances? How do we get the team to trust each other? What is the extra little thing that can make FCD even more deadly in front of goal?
I don’t have an answer to that, but maybe last night is the nudge to get them over the top.
Protect Paxton Please
Finally, the league needs to step in and protect Paxton. The ref can and should be instructed that the first hard foul against Paxton deserves a yellow. Set a clear tone from the outset. The game is physical, yes, but teams are targeting the youngster who is clearly FC Dallas’ catalyst right now. Paxton is paying a price for it.
It’s hack Mauro all over again.
Especially because Paxton is the potential future of the US Men’s National team, MLS, protect your investment and your future.
Who will you vote for?
Because Paxton Pomykal and Santiago Mosquera did not go the full 90, you can’t vote for them, but they were my deserving nods. Both put in excellent shifts, and it looked like Santiago may have wanted to come off. He had a heck of a game, and it was exciting to see.
In their place, I recommend Jesse Gonzalez (coming up with a big save), Brandon Servania (covering fantastic ground), and Bryan Acosta (for doing the quiet, necessary dirty work).
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