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After six points last week, the team manages a solitary point in a subpar week. What do we make of this team? Vote for your top player in the Workhorse of the Week.

MLS: Orlando City SC at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Hey, Tanner Tessmann deserved love from us fans for his performances in a big week for FC Dallas, and he got it by taking home our last Workhorse of the Week nod. The future is bright for the kid.

One Point

Was it tired legs or travel or lack of depth or bad BBQ that did in FC Dallas this week?

We may never know.

Of course, the team surely accepts that they were outmatched against opposing coaches who implemented tactical formations focused on making life miserable for FC Dallas, especially in the middle of the field. With Michael Barrios not playing well at all this season, the only hope was on those wings, and really, other than some excitement from Bryan Reynolds, we’ve yet to see a lot of fruit there. Santiago Mosquera reverted to form by getting injured early. Fafa Picault looks lively, but it’s hard for wingers to beat two defenders at a time. Passing out of the back continues to look like a liability. It’s just a tough week of soccer to watch.

In Atlanta, the only goal came from a bad bounce that Hedges missed. It’s tough. He was trying to play the ball, and it didn’t quite work out. I think the penalty was a little harsh, but I don’t disagree with the call at the same time.

Back home against Orlando, Oscar Pareja’s squad looked better throughout, generating ample chances and generally having an idea of what they wanted to do with the ball. FC Dallas struggled to get out of their own half, and when they did, a misplayed pass or quick turnover silenced a potential attack. Just a hard result to watch and take for FC Dallas fans who saw a glimmer of what this team could do.

Again, we are left with questions. Was it just a team that is worn out from so many matches? Of course, they aren’t alone in these brutal schedules. Or is it just a team that continues to be held back by the limitations of the talent and pieces on the roster?

We Miss Kobra

When Zdenek Ondrasek was transferred out, we admitted it was a fine deal and the right thing to do for the player. In these past two games, however, we have missed Kobra. Luchi turned to Jesus Ferreira against Atlanta in hopes for a spark and a rest for Franco Jara, and Jesus struggled. Against Orlando, Jara looked weary. Imagine having Kobra as a sub or starter for either match. At the very least, you get an injection of energy that maybe creates something that the team lacked. It also likely pushes Jara a little bit to be sharper.

Transfers?

FC Dallas still has an opportunity to bring in some extra bodies. Are they looking at options? Obviously, a transfer from outside of the league would take time, but maybe FC Dallas should be looking domestically for someone who has shown success in USL Championship and has MLS experience. Dealing with roster issues of their own, Minnesota United FC picked up Kei Kamara on a trade. Would a similar deal make sense for this team right now? With the USL Championship season drawing to a close, there should be a few players who are in shape and ready to contribute in a spot here or there, some of whom have MLS history. Maybe a loan to the end of the season?

After Dark

Come commiserate with us this evening after these tough matches.

Join Jose, Ben, and I for our After Dark live show this evening at 9:30 PM CST over at the ol Youtube channel. Come vent with us. We’ll take your comments and questions live.

Vote for the Workhorse of the Week

Please argue for possibilities. I know our defense wasn’t all bad. They had to do some nice work against Orlando, but I find it hard to think Ricaurte or Santos or Jara had good enough weeks. Bryan Reynolds is the only one I really recommend. He is the bright spot even in a bleak week.

Poll

Cast your vote for the Workhorse of the Week.

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Jimmy Maurer
    (3 votes)
  • 45%
    Bryan Reynolds
    (5 votes)
  • 27%
    Matt Hedges
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Reto Ziegler
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Hollingshead
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Thiago Santos
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Bressan
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tanner Tessmann
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Andres Ricaurte
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Franco Jara
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    No One
    (0 votes)
11 votes total Vote Now