Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: What To Do About Jonathan Top

Steve Dykes

The Homegrown forward didn't see the field at all in 2013.

Time for another name on the year-end roster evaluations for FC Dallas. We're going with the Roman theme of thumbs up or thumbs down for this series.

Today's subject, is Homegrown forward Jonathan Top.

Top was the club's fifth Homegrown signing back in 2011. Just like with every other academy player, the Fort Worth native has seen his fair share of ups and downs with the club over the last few seasons.

Top didn't see the field in 2011 but managed to get plenty of time in 2012. He made his debut against Real Salt Lake last April. He followed that up with his first career assist in a loss to RSL that May. His first career goal came in a big win over Vancouver last August. From there he was able to get his first start in the next match, yet another game with RSL.

But 2013 was a different story for the young forward. FC Dallas brought in Kenny Cooper, Eric Hassli and signed another Homegrown forward in Bradlee Baladez in the offseason. Top made the game day roster several times in 2013 but never quite managed to break through with veteran players above him getting the time on the field.

Earlier this summer Top was in line to get a midseason loan like Baladez but it was Schellas Hyndman and technical director Fernando Clavijo who opted not to send him out with his fellow teammates on loan, instead keeping him here in Frisco to provide depth at forward while Blas Perez was out on international duty and when Hassli was battling back issues. Unfortunately for Top, he still never managed to see the field in 2013.

To me, this is a tough one. Top looked like he was ready to break through after a solid 2012. We expected his minutes to improve from the 101 that he earned in 2012. This will all likely come down to who the new manager is as to whether or not he stays. Top will be 21 next January, so there is still plenty of room for growth in his game, he just needs the minutes to do so.

But we give the option to you, thumbs up to keep him, or thumbs down to let him go?

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