This week not only brought FC Dallas below the red playoff line, but it shifted the aim of some FCD fans' frustrations.
A little bit of frustration is getting aimed at Pareja
Oscar Pareja has been the embodiment of FC Dallas’ success since he took the reins in 2014. He is loved by FCD fans, and it is rare to see any kinds of frustrations or criticisms aimed at him. There have been some of each of those recently because of the results and by the way he is lining up his players. Pareja has been known for "playing the kids" in the past, but this season he hasn't done as much of that, and he has been pretty consistent with his lineups during this winless run, going with the same veteran players.
In addition to “playing the kids,” there is another common saying among FCD fans about Pareja: “Trust in Papi.” That is the motto fans have stuck by and should continue to go by even if 2017 ends up being a disappointment.
Fernando Clavijo has also been under a barrage of criticism as of late because of the expectations not being met by offseason signings Javier Morales, Roland Lamah, and Cristian Colmán, and there is also some displeasure about Hernan Grana’s play.
Acosta is far from his early season form
Kellyn Acosta has not been the same in his performances with FC Dallas after coming back from the Gold Cup. In this game, he was really poor. His passes and crosses especially were off. Acosta has been a streaky player in the past, so expect him to get back to his previous form at some point. He will now be going back to the USMNT for World Cup Qualifying, so let's hope it rejuvenates and refreshes him when he comes back to Dallas. In a blink of an eye, his form could shift and he could be just as good as he was during the last WCQ cycle of games.
Is early-season Zimmerman back?
Since Walker Zimmerman's knee injury, he has not played as well as early on in the season, but his performance against Columbus Crew may have been a turning point for the good. Being inserted into the starting lineup for Maynor Figueroa, Zimmerman was the only change to the lineup that was fielded midweek against Houston Dynamo. He looked like he did before the injury, dominating the air in this game. Getting his first goal of the season will also give him a nice confidence boost.
It's not looking good for Cristian Colmán, who didn't see the field until 87' despite the fact that FCD needed to score at least one goal to get a result since 50'.
Atiba Harris had a nightmare performance. He was not only unconvincing defensively, but he was a turnover machine when he had the ball at his feet. He was also the man who lost who he was marking, Jonathan Mensah, when Mensah scored Columbus' second goal.