I tired to save a classic version for 2018 but the feature is not working at the moment, so I'll do it in the future.
Sort of what I feared would happen did happen, he kinda fell off this season compared to last, I still think he is a better player than he was in 2017 ish of what I could gleam from footage, but it was either that PSG thing falling through (heard that maybe PSG manager did not want him and it was the PSG board making the move and the manager stopped last minute) or his relationship with the head office of D.C. United deteriorated and how they maybe wrangled too long for a higher transfer fee, and afterwards tried to get him to sign a new deal. Anyways psychologically he checked out in various parts of the season, and turned very petulant on field, as before he was fighting hard on the ball to keep possession, now he more easily dropped and would want a call, but nothing came and he would fume, at Dallas as DC trailed 2-0 he lost his mind and fouled young Paxton Pomykal and as Pomykal fell he trampled on his face with his shoe purposely (red card) in seeming frustration of the match.
Maybe in the last month or so has been featuring less as a starter, since there was some long stretch that he had not made an assist/generally struggles this season or there was some other less public reason.
Just more sloppy this year compared to last, in his passing/touch/dribbling, the concentration is simply absent. Heading is a surprising good point for him, scored another and another off the post - when presented the chance he can climb and head a ball. Endurance too seems to have worsened, seen him barely able to jog near 80th minute, just lacking fitness, hands on legs bent over for air AND THIS IS WHILST HE WAS DEFENDING A DRIBBLER! So maybe contract expiring he just ate a few more ice cream tubs with netflix and few less late night jogs.
The guy just needs motivation it seems, he had it last year as the team got much better than in all his time there and got a real home and he played with "Senor Wayne", felt he could really showcase himself and finally get that dream move abroad, when it did not materialize on the final day of window and his contract nearly up, guess he is not motivated to sell himself to admirers anymore - I mean they got youtube right? I guess that's his thinking?
Acosta touch https://youtu.be/Qu8aNdAoqXE?t=168https://youtu.be/duPvLYNepyc?t=175