One more roster move to discuss on this eve of the new season. It is one I don't think any of you will be surprised by and it was something I was told a few weeks back that would happen. FC Dallas announced on Friday that they have mutually agreed to part ways with forward Eric Hassli.
The club and player agreed to terminate his contract, a move that the league allows each team to do once per year to a guaranteed contract:
Teams may have the ability to buyout one guaranteed player as follows:
- A Team may buy out one (1) guaranteed player (including a DP's) contract during the off-season and free up the corresponding budget space. Such a buyout is at the particular MLS Team's own expense.
- A Team may not free up budget space with a buyout of a player's salary budget charge during the season. Such a buyout will be conducted by the League and count on a Club's budget in a manner consistent with current MLS guidelines.
Hassli came to FC Dallas injured before the start of the 2013 season when he was traded from Toronto FC. He struggled with fitness in the majority of the season last year and never really was able to make the impact that most hope that he would. He made 15 appearances for FC Dallas in 2013, including four starts, before a back injury landed the big striker on the disabled list for much of the season. The injury resurfaced during the 2014 preseason, continuing to sideline the Frenchman.
This move was really something that was in the works for several weeks from what I was told by various sources close to the matter. But just given the quotes that both head coach Oscar Pareja and technical director Fernando Clavijo would give to the media about Hassli showed that they weren't happy with where things were with him this preseason.
The move frees up some cap space and allows the team to be roster compliant to start the season.