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Two points, two games. Who stood out across two tough matches for FC Dallas?

MLS: New York City FC at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, after the disaster that was the Chicago game, you loyal fans voted No One for the Workhorse nod, although there was an honorable mention of the post in the comments. Had the post moved even the slightest direction, that game could have been worse. Far worse.

Two Games, Two Points

FC Dallas certainly felt the urge to make a statement against Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. They did so with a 0-0 result, earning a rare but solid result behind a defensive reorganization on enemy territory. The team wiped clean some of the horror decisions and mind boggling disconnects from that Fire match, so fans could be grateful. A point on the road is always something you take, especially as playoff positioning comes down to the wire.

Though he didn’t go the full 90, Bressan was a nice veteran presence to insert into the lineup. It looks like his lack of action recently may have led to some cramping, but you liked his ability to step in and bring stability. Did he look like he was good enough to take over Reggie Cannon’s starting position? No. But he did what he needed to do. I still think 2020 is the year we see him earn even more minutes.

Offensively, the Seattle game was disappointing. While the team played deeper and looked for the counter, Dallas didn’t really threaten to score. Even after the team was up a man, the tactics didn’t quite work. By the end of the game, the team had officially gone 180 minutes without a goal.

On Sunday night, at the very least, that lack of goal scoring came to an end with a nice poacher’s effort by Ondrasek. If you go watch it again, it was really a nice bit of skill that this team has missed. Ultimately though, it was only good enough for a single point at home against New York City FC, who grabbed an early one to put Dallas on edge. Again, you take a point over a likely playoff ending loss at home, but the team should have done better. Ryan Hollingshead in particular has simply got to score.

Overall, I think you can recommend a few players from this week’s action - Zdenek Ondrasek for being a surprising major player in Dallas’ playoff hopes, a slowly getting his feet back under him Paxton Pomykal, and an improved number of defenders including Reto Ziegler and Matt Hedges. Who else would you add to the list? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Will we make the playoffs?

At this point, I’m on the sour side of things. No, I don’t think this team has shown the grit to grab that final playoff spot. They are struggling in too many phases of the game right now when they need to have figured things out. Offensively, this team should be scoring more. Defensively, they keep showing lapses that suggest deeper problems than the talent along the back line.

Their subs are not bringing much to the table. Santiago Mosquera has got to come in and electrify his teammates instead of slowing things down. Jacori Hayes is likewise not exactly cementing a place in the midfield depth for next season. Starters deserve the blame too. Is Dominique Badji showing he’s not good enough at this level? I know he works hard, but maybe he is not a fit for what Luchi wants to do. Or maybe he is turning into more of a USL Championship guy.

We’ll have lots of time to do post mortem stuff, so here is the good news. Even if I am sour about this team’s chances, a lot of things can happen over these final two weeks. Other teams, like Portland, San Jose, and Seattle can collapse. We hope they do. Let’s hope that door remains cracked, and FC Dallas manages to find that third or fourth gear to get two big results against Colorado and Sporting Kansas City.

Vote!

- Tell me why I am wrong about the playoffs.

- Who stood out to you this week as a Workhorse nod?

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (1 vote)
  • 5%
    Reggie Cannon
    (2 votes)
  • 27%
    Matt Hedges
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 10%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Brandon Servania
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Bryan Acosta
    (1 vote)
  • 24%
    Paxton Pomykal
    (9 votes)
  • 8%
    Michael Barrios
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Jesus Ferreira
    (1 vote)
  • 16%
    Zdenek Ondrasek
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
37 votes total Vote Now