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Workhorse of the Week vs. Nashville and Real Salt Lake

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FC Dallas picked up one point from two tough away matches this past week. Was there a player who stood out as worthy enough to earn your Workhorse of the Week?

MLS: FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to one of FCD’s few bright spots on the season, Ryan Hollingshead, for earning enough votes to grab a Workhorse nod from you trustworthy fans.

1 Stinking Point

FC Dallas traveled this past week, first to Nashville for what was certain to be a tough game on a crappy field and second to Real Salt Lake where results are rarely guaranteed. In a lot of ways, the two matches captured this team’s form right now. Against Nashville and in front of a national audience, FC Dallas was embarrassing. They coughed up three goals in total, looking leaky in defense and listless in attack. The first match of the week even featured an official appearance of sketchy “Body Language” in this season, as Franco Jara made visible his displeasure for being subbed off.

The second match was... also embarrassing. The first half in particular was as painful and difficult to watch as any poor result for Dallas in recent years. The team looked unprepared, out of ideas, and passive. Real Salt Lake out shot the team like 18-3. Luckily, the second half was improved, enough for FCD to come away with 0-0 draw, a crucial away point.

Yes, draws in soccer are not the most exciting result, but for a struggling team like Dallas, it’s something to build upon as they look to the rush of games in the coming weeks.

Lots of Questions

Let’s just admit it - despite a three game winning streak a couple of months ago, FC Dallas has been really poor this season. Way back after preseason, the team seemed to have a bit more identity and flashed a promising step forward, but COVID-19 and 2020 derailed that progress. From the first Nashville matches at home, Dallas looked completely lost and deflated. No one in particular has stepped up to carry the squad, a role which you would at least expect Michael Barrios to fill.

Everyone keeps making excuses (me included) for how hard it is has been to deal with this virus, integrate new players, say goodbye to key pieces, and manage through the difficult number of injuries. Maybe it’s time over these last couple of weeks to put the excuses to bed though. With the games coming fast and furious, I don’t think we are going to see a resurgence from this squad. They will do their best to limp into the playoffs where they will fade quickly. And really, that may be a best case scenario.

I hope I am wrong, but there are too many questions about this team and its coaching at this point in the season for us to think they are one tweak or adjustment away from putting things together.

Vote Below

Cast a vote for Workhorse of the Week.

I recommend Jimmy Maurer for his play against Real Salt Lake which saved a point for FC Dallas.

Poll

Cast your vote for Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 45%
    Jimmy Maurer
    (5 votes)
  • 9%
    Bressan
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Bryan Reynolds
    (0 votes)
  • 36%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Thiago Santos
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tanner Tessmann
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Andres Ricaurte
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Fafa Picault
    (0 votes)
  • 9%
    No One
    (1 vote)
11 votes total Vote Now