We are finally here. I am now frustrated with the team’s performance. I would consider myself an optimist, but even my rosey outlook on life is struggling right now with this team. I’m sure a lot of it is my own fault, figuring I expecting the team to come out on Sunday and spoil Atlanta’s new stadium. Well, instead, they were embarrassed in front of everyone.
Last week’s game was the first time that I could remember us looking that bad. Sure, we haven’t won in eight games, but we haven’t looked overmatched and man-handled like we did Sunday afternoon. For a team that won two trophies last year, was on the brink of advancing to the CCL championship, and has made deep runs in MLS Cup, they looked shell shocked. They looked like they didn’t belong on the same field as Atlanta. That to me is the scariest part of all of this. The spine/heartbeat of this team looked over matched.
With the majority of the other matches, I could reason away why we weren’t able to get a victory. VAR!, playing a good team on the road, anything can happen in a rivalry match, going down a man in the first half, VAR AGAIN!. This game wasn’t like that though. This game was an old fashion A-whoopin’.
Now that I’ve sat on the result a little more, I have kind of changed my tune a bit. We’ve had a couple of articles posted this week about where we are and how bleak the situation is currently looking (these articles are definitely needed and aren’t), but I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet. Again, yes, we are in a bad run of form. As we have gotten further away from the Atlanta match (as well as Atlanta destroying New England Wednesday night) I somewhat feel like we just ran into a buzzsaw last Sunday. Yes we were outmatched, but that might have happened no matter what our form was going into the match.
There are a couple of changes that we are all wanting to see, with Reggie Cannon taking Hernan Grana’s spot being the main one. Also, I would really like to see Maxi Urruti, Cristian Colman and Mauro Diaz all out there together. I would want to see what kind of space the three of them could get in the open field. Other than those two examples, there’s not a lot of changes that can be made.
We’re not going to change the spine of the team, no matter how bad their playing. The only thing we can really hope is that they figure it out again. The spine of this team was very solid last year and was more than good enough to challenge for MLS Cup. So, unless they figure it out, we are doomed.
However, if they do figure it out, we will be fine. As I’ve sat and thought on last Sunday’s game, I have come to the conclusion that it’s still not time to panic. This core group of guys have been through the fire multiple times and ultimately we should ride or die with them. If they fall short of the ultimate goal, then so be it, but, if they figure it out, we have a chance to make a deep playoff run.
It would be one thing if the team looked like they had given up on the year, but it doesn’t seem that way. Two weeks ago, they dug deep and pulled out a draw, all while being down a man for over 60 minutes and being down a goal two different times. These guys haven’t shown any quit yet and because of that, I still believe in them.
FC Dallas had a players-only meeting early this week. Tone more about returning trust coaches have put in them than calling out individuals.— Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) September 14, 2017
Seeing stuff like this gives me hope. In the long run, it might not mean anything, but for now it’s what I’m holding on to. This team has a track record of success and because of that, I am going to continue to wear my rosey-red glasses.
No matter how the season ends, I will live or die with optimism. I understand that everyone is different, but for me, this team has earned a little extra rope, even if they end up hanging themselves with it.