The one question we've all been asking for a week now, who will start on Saturday for FC Dallas at striker may have been answered today.
Steve Hunt at 3rdDegree.net reported earlier today that Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman isn't keen on starting Homegrown forward Jonathan Top this weekend against the Vancouver Whitecaps despite the absence of Blas Perez (international duty), Kenny Cooper (suspension), or Bradlee Baladez (loan to Fort Lauderdale).
Instead, Eric Hassli will likely get the nod as the report suggests the Frenchman is healthy enough to go. Hassli has been battling back issues for the better part of two months here.
When asked about starting Top over Hassli, the Gaffer had this to offer up:
"I think there's a greater possibility of him being in the top 18," Hyndman said. "Jonathan does a lot of things that we like. He's a tireless worker. He's a good finisher of the ball and he's a young player, but when it comes to making the top 18, do you choose him or do you choose Kenny Cooper because you can only have so many forwards up there. He's been unfortunately on a team that's got some good strikers."
Basically, what Hyndman is comparing the two players on a more regular basis rather than this single game on Saturday. If anything, it shows that he is trying to give Hassli one more good chance here this season to really prove he was worth the money that the club spent to get him this past winter from Toronto.
Top hasn't seen a single minute this season for the first team after appearing in four matches in 2012. He did score one goal last year against Vancouver so maybe that kind of history will be on his side come Saturday.
Hassli on the other hand has made 14 appearances this season with four starts. He hasn't played in a single match since a July 20 tie in Montreal though.