There were literally five votes last Monday in my Workhorse poll, and with two votes, no one claimed the Workhorse after the debacle and disappointment of that Houston match.
Back on Track
After a poor run of play, FC Dallas finally found a gritty three points at home against Sporting Kansas City. This wasn’t the kind of game that you will mark down as a sign for how FCD wants to play and control games, but it wasn’t all bad. For once, Dallas grabbed a goal off of a sublime Bryan Reynolds cross to his opposite outside back Ryan Hollingshead who deftly put it away. Goals have been few and far between for this side, so it was nice to see some progress.
Though they worked themselves into a position for at least one other goal, Jara and Fafa couldn’t make their chances count.
After halftime, Kansas City came out with fresh legs and renewed effort to get a result on the road. Dallas spent most of the half on their own end of the field, doing some desperate and skilled defending to preserve the clean sheet. All in all, you take the result even if a lot of questions remain and move on to the next one. Perhaps the team is ready to break out of its rut and really get in rhythm for that late season push.
Coach Peter Vermes is adept at one thing - finding any and all reason to whine about the unfairness of the world and the sport of soccer, even for a team that is near the top of the Western Conference and has actually won a MLS Cup. What I will agree with is the general observation is that Jimmy Maurer and Gadi Kinda came together physically at the goal line. These plays happen routinely, and refs generally call in favor of the GK (otherwise teams would devise all kinds of ways to pick the keepers to try to gain advantage). Going back over the replay, the moment might serve as one of those vintage internet memes, where you see the color of the dress or the shape of the play per your own perceptions. Ultimately, it was a bang bang play, Maurer was prevented from making a play on the ball after getting to it first, and it’s hard to make a case for VAR to overturn it.
It was the right call. Move on, Vermes, and quit your whining.
With a huge week ahead of soccer action, let’s hope this 1-0 result is a sign of better play to come.
There are multiple names to consider for Workhorse of the Week - essentially any of the guys who went a full 90 including Tanner Tessmann. But my particular recommendation goes to either Jimmy Maurer or Bryan Reynolds for their defensive and offensive heroics in this match. What do you think? Post below, and let us know.
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