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Walker Zimmerman preaches patience during slump

The defender talks what’s been going wrong, how Dallas can fix it, and why it isn’t time to give up on the Shield.

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After two rough losses, a less faithful fan, or one not well versed in FC Dallas history, would be calling for changes, but seasoned fans know rough patches are part of the game. In last year’s Supporters Shield winning campaign, Dallas lost three games in a row, and were outscored 8-0 in those games.

Walker Zimmerman knows better than any fan that dips in form are part of the sport, and there isn’t much you can do to fix it.

“We just gotta get back to our fundamentals. I don’t think there’s any doubt in the team or in the defenders or what we’re capable of,” Zimmerman stated. “The goals haven’t been the best, but I think it’s something that we shouldn’t really worry about, but at the same time have a sense of urgency to fix it. I think we’ll probably get back on track this weekend.”

The Big D Soccer staff used this week’s Quick Burn to discuss how Dallas can get back on track, and according to Zimmerman, we were right. There isn’t much that can be done other than not panic.

“Just getting back to the fundamentals,” said Zimmerman. “Whether it’s just refreshers, maybe drills that get us back into doing those things. Nothing dramatic is changing we’ve just got to stay a little more focused and tuned in.”

A pair of losses, on the heels of a three game win streak, does not break a season. Dallas still have the best points-per-game in the Western Conference with 1.62, and they stand only ten points off of Supporter’s Shield leader Toronto FC, with two games in hand. Zimmerman says it isn’t time to throw in the towel yet.

“There’s still a good bit of games to be played and you just never know what’s going to happen with other teams,” explained Zimmerman. “Right now we’re just trying to control what we can control and that’s just winning our games. We’re behind a little bit in that run, but we’re going to keep approaching each game one game at a time and if down the road with three or four games in left we’re in the hunt, we’re in the hunt.”

After failing to start last week there were concerns about Zimmerman’s lingering knee injury, but he assured fans that he would be on the field this weekend to help turn things around.

“I feel good, I feel one hundred percent, ready to go,” said Zimmerman. “I’ll be ready for this weekend.”