FC Dallas continues to re-build and re-tool the roster as today they have announced another move by re-signing veteran midfielder Daniel Hernandez to a three-year deal that will see him be a player-coach.
2012 will be Hernandez' final year on the field with the club as he will transition to a full-time coaching role after that.
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"Daniel has been such a great leader for us in the locker room and on the field," said Hyndman. "I'm very excited to have him back. He's an integral part of our team. I had the pleasure of coaching him in college at SMU and I'm honored to be a part of this next transition for him and hope to pass along as much coaching knowledge as I can in the next three years. I'm sure he will excel."
"We all saw the impact and leadership Daniel exhibited for FC Dallas on the field, but off the field he has been heavily involved in community initiatives, running free soccer clinics for underprivileged youth, serving as an ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and visiting local children's hospitals," said FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn. "Daniel is very much a part of the FC Dallas family both on and off the field and we are fortunate to have someone like him as a key ambassador for our club for years to come."
For the most part you have to bet that the club and Hernandez were able to come to a deal to get his salary a tad lower than what it was in 2011. He was making $172k on total compensation this past season, a number that had to go down for 2012.
No word yet on what that figure is but I can imagine it won't be anywhere near that $172k mark.
Overall this is a really cool deal for the club and for Hernandez. We all know the type of guy that Hernandez is around the club and with the fans. He loves it here in Dallas and expressed a few times over the course of the season how he wanted to be here long-term. This kind of move allows him to do that. I had a gut feeling all season long that he would eventually transition from the playing field to the bench with this club too. A move that should be very easy.
What do you all make of this news?