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In its home opener, FC Dallas shut out a potential Eastern Conference playoff team. Help us name a workhorse from the match.

MLS: Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the 25th Major League Soccer season and another round of the wonder that is the Workhorse of the Week.

I hope you are a new or returning reader, looking for an opportunity to break down performances each and every week. That’s the purpose of the series, to give fans a chance to vote on a top FC Dallas player from a week’s action. At the end of the year, we’ll tally up the wins and name a Workhorse of the Year winner.

So, you get to shape the destiny of some FC Dallas player with a few clicks and clacks of your keyboard and mouse.

Ground Rules

As a refresher, Workhorse of the Week is not a free for all. We go off the image of a “workhorse”, a player who over the course of 90 minutes does the dirty overlooked work to help Dallas secure vital points home or away. We aren’t necessarily celebrating the goal scorer or assist leader. Rather, we shine the spotlight on those midfielders and defenders who set the tone for a team building its way to a championship with physical play, great positioning, and mental fierceness. Of course, we can celebrate a great goal and silky passing just the same. You get to decide.

But there are a few constraints:

  • A Workhorse has to go the full 90. I’ll only allow you to vote on players who were able to finish out the match (although I will make exceptions for the occasional injury). Super subs deserve their own series, even if they are able to change the direction of the game or lock down a big result.
  • Top vote-getters are all that matters.
  • You should always read the comments before you vote, since a fellow reader may highlight a player’s performance that you have overlooked.
  • Voting ends on the next Friday at noon CST.

I’ll usually offer up a few names to consider and then get right into the voting.

With that said, hit me with any questions you may have below, as I am always open to clarify the series and have some fun with it.

This Week’s Honorable Mentions

In midfield, I think you do give a lot of love to newcomers Thiago Santos and Tanner Tessmann, both who showed why they are solid pickups for this team. Santos looked every bit the consummate professional and may be the biggest signing for FC Dallas in quite a while. His passing and positioning in midfield prevented the Union from doing any serious damage. Tessmann stepped in as a rookie and did his job. He wasn’t perfect, but his play was good enough to get him an assist to put the match beyond all doubt. The future is bright for the young star.

Defensively, I loved the work of Jesse Gonzalez who was fierce, up for a couple of nice saves, and organized that back line against a growing Philadelphia press. Just another strong 90 minutes between the posts for Jesse.

You can also give love to a solid 90 from fan favorite Zdenek Ondrasek, including a killer goal that reminded us of Blas Perez’ wizardry back in the day. Zdenek also isn’t afraid to be a vocal leader on the field, which is something the team could use. At some point, if he sticks around longer with the club, I bet he gets the captain’s armband.

Who else deserves some love? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Vote Below

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Jesse Gonzalez
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Reggie Cannon
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Matt Hedges
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (1 vote)
  • 63%
    Thiago Santos
    (29 votes)
  • 13%
    Tanner Tessmann
    (6 votes)
  • 10%
    Zdenek Ondrasek
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
46 votes total Vote Now