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Workhorse of the Week vs. LA Galaxy and Montreal Impact

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MLS: FC Dallas at Montreal Impact Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas may have an unlikely season MVP, as Ryan Hollingshead earned another Workhorse win and shows that he may be one of the key performers for this squad’s playoff possibilities. Hold that thought.

One Point Week

Facing two away games this past week, FC Dallas was fully aware that there are no freebies anymore. Every team is clawing and scratching for their playoff lives or going through coaching changes where future spots on the rosters and potential coaching hires are at stake. Away games are notoriously difficult at any point in the season. To come away with a single point across two matches isn’t great, but it is better than coming away with zero points.

In the past three games alone, FC Dallas have finally broken a scoring drought, punching in eight goals.

Unfortunately, they’ve also given up eight goals in the same three games.

There is so much that is both hopeful and mystifying about this squad right now. Are these recent goals a sign of this team figuring stuff out? Why is the defense going through a late season crisis? What is up with all the mental mistakes? Are those tired legs, or is the team just getting punished for some unlucky lapses?

While the loss at Los Angeles was a gut punch and recurring frustration, the comeback against Montreal showed that this team really still has something left in the tank. They are going to keep fighting. A point isn’t enough when other squads in the Western Conference have games in hand, but it keeps the door cracked open for another week. FC Dallas has to hope other teams continue to drop points as they take care of business at home.

Is Cobra ready to strike?

Matt Doyle spent time arguing on twitter that FC Dallas has a poor track record with signings. It’s a wonder the team is competitive at all, when it has missed often, especially on attacking talent. I don’t think these perspectives are harsh to FCD fans. We complain about the poor scouting and less than productive transfers quite a bit here on the site.

So when Zdenek Ondrasek gets his first MLS goal, his signing, while still probably a bust, at least moves into a grey area. He’s at least done something now. Maybe, just maybe, this goal will rev his engines, and he will grab a starting spot and not look back. Or maybe he will just be a nice energetic late game sub for the playoff battle.

FC Dallas desperately needs a striker to emerge. Some of these signings need to repay the faith that the front office showed in them. Is Cobra ready? Is anybody ready?

Who to vote for?

I’m going to contend that we can continue to show love to Ryan Hollingshead for his performance across two matches, contributing a goal and continuing to be an excellent MLS left back. He’s such a bright spot in a wild transitional season for FC Dallas. Again, I am not going to be surprised if we look back and say he is the reason why this team persevered, and if they can make it, grabbed a playoff spot.

Who else would you recommend for performances in either match this week?


Cast your vote for Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (1 vote)
  • 10%
    Matt Hedges
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Reto Ziegler
    (1 vote)
  • 60%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (23 votes)
  • 2%
    Reggie Cannon
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Bryan Acosta
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Dominique Badji
    (0 votes)
  • 13%
    Michael Barrios
    (5 votes)
  • 5%
    No One
    (2 votes)
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