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Workhorse of the Week vs. Orlando City

Well, the goal drought continues, but Tesho can score. Who will you vote for this week?

MLS: FC Dallas at Orlando City SC Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, Jesse grabbed enough votes behind two big saves to earn another Workhorse in a boring draw at home against Real Salt Lake.

So, this is a drought now?

FC Dallas cannot put the ball into the back of the net.

Yes, it’s true that they aren’t exactly shooting the ball into the general vicinity of the net. Some shots are headed toward the moon. Others are weak and tepid, easy pickings for any MLS tier defender. Some are tantalizing but just wide.

But ultimately, it’s drought season for FCD.

The ball is not going in.

Against Orlando, FC Dallas may have kicked the ball around a lot and looked comfortable doing so, but they showed very little creativity to break down the Lions and generate some true juicy chances. There were plenty of threatening moments but never a final through ball or decisive pass. Last week, most of the players seemed unwilling to take the final shot, opting to pass to another player instead. This week, the team opted to wait around for some magic moment rather than creating that moment themselves.

We knew things would be up and down with Coach Luchi Gonzalez. He’s had a good freshman year in the big leagues. He has talked a good game and showed a lot of energy. His post-game comments were direct and blunt, that the team wasn't good enough. But that is the question we will come back to. Is it really about tactics? The tactics don’t look bad. FC Dallas is playing in a different, somewhat confident approach compared to previous years. Is it that the team just doesn’t have the quality in a few key spots to take those good tactics and turn them into something else?

We will linger with these questions, because this isn’t science. It’s a team sport. Great teams can underperform. Poor teams can over perform. Chemistry matters. On field events, like refs missing handballs, can spool a strong effort. Injuries mess everything up. So, I linger with those questions too.

As frustrated as I am, let’s stay the course.

Missing Quality

Still, it’s apparent this team is missing quality in key spots. Attack and midfield, especially. We missed Bryan Acosta yesterday. Jacori Hayes and Brandon Servania are definitely good pieces for this roster and have upside, but it’s clear they are still adjusting to what Coach Luchi envisions for this team. Basically, every position needed to be better yesterday. Paxton Pomykal was probably the best player on the pitch for FC Dallas, and he didn’t do enough. Edwin Gyasi was a reach and his season may be done.

Meanwhile, Tesho Akindele has eight goals this season.

Dominique Badji and Jesus Ferreira each have six.

Not a good look to trade away a potential top goal scorer for your club.

Vote

I don’t know who to recommend. I like Paxton’s grit and energy. The defense wasn’t awful, but a few mistakes can ruin a day. Who do you think deserves a vote?

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (0 votes)
  • 23%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (4 votes)
  • 11%
    Matt Hedges
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 11%
    Jacori Hayes
    (2 votes)
  • 23%
    Paxton Pomykal
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Santiago Mosquera
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jesus Ferreira
    (0 votes)
  • 29%
    No One
    (5 votes)
17 votes total Vote Now