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Workhorse of the Week vs. Chicago Fire

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Not a result that brings us joy. Did any FC Dallas player earn your vote this week?

MLS: FC Dallas at Chicago Fire Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

After a week off due to the international break, it’s time to name Ryan Hollingshead as our last vote winner. He likely is going to take this season’s title, but more on that in the future.

A Good Ol’ Fashioned Rout

Dallas stepped off the bus in Bridgeview knowing they needed points. The Western Conference remains a mathematical maze of possibilities. Every game is kind of a mini-playoff game at this point, though the situation may look wildly different in a couple of weeks. The point is that FC Dallas controls their own fate by garnering as many results as they can over the final stretch.

Otherwise, as I pointed out last week, Frisco fans will need to root for chaos.

I’m not sure what happened on Saturday against Chicago in a 4-0 drubbing. FC Dallas knew what was at stake, but maybe it was the weird week of international time and other call ups that put the guys on the back foot. Communication wasn’t right. The defense, the one area of this team that should be a strength, appeared fragile and inept. Edwin Cerrillo played as valiantly as he could, but despite a strong start to the year, the youngster exhibited telltale signs of being a... youngster. Dallas missed Bryan Acosta. The few chances that the attack generated, a couple of which were solid opportunities, were easily denied.

About the only players I can give credit to are Zdenek Ondrasek and Michael Barrios. Zdenek kept fighting, running across the field to stand up for his teammates and showing passion late into the game as the body language (literally) turned negative. Michael Barrios was active and somewhat dangerous. He helped the team to some corners and maybe a chance or two. All in all, it was hard not to focus on other things as the second half wore on.

I think it’s fair for FC Dallas fans to be frustrated after results like this, and it could be a sign of a dip to come. Let’s hope not. For now, it’s best to leave it behind as much as you’d like to bench some guys. I do suspect we will see changes this coming week. Maybe there were some tired legs out there. Maybe a fresh set of legs will boost the team. What remains fun, in theory, about these games that Dallas has no excuse to not go for it and play the best attacking football it can.

What does this mean for the playoffs?

FC Dallas needed points. Had the team lost narrowly, their playoff probability would still rest where they are, so the truth is Dallas likely over-estimated their chances against a Chicago team fighting for playoff life and a head coach fighting for his job. The Seattle game on Wednesday becomes even more important though, and it’s always been a difficult place to play for this team. A road point would be delicious.

The good news is that other teams are keeping Dallas in it. DC United went into Seattle and won 1-0 on Sunday. Huge result. Houston and Colorado came through the previous weekend. I’m writing this in anticipation of watching some of the LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City match. By the time you read this, Zlatan and his squad will have leapfrogged Dallas into that final playoff spot or still be on the outside looking in.

Coach Vermes, let’s have the latter... please?

Vote below!

Remember, you can only vote on the players who went the full 90, but “no one” might be a choice option this week.

  • Did you see any individual performances that deserve some love against Chicago?
  • If Coach Luchi did bench someone, who should he let ride the pine for a game or two?
  • How are you feeling about playoffs right now? Let it all out.

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Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Reggie Cannon
    (0 votes)
  • 10%
    Matt Hedges
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 10%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Edwin Cerrillo
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Paxton Pomykal
    (0 votes)
  • 30%
    Zdenek Ondrasek
    (6 votes)
  • 50%
    No One
    (10 votes)
20 votes total Vote Now