The plans are in motion for 2012 already for FC Dallas. With the end of the season near and the dreaded expansion draft less than two months out, the club is getting prepared as much as possible here. Today, FC Dallas announced the re-signing of two key players this season, defender Jair Benitez and midfielder Andrew Jacobson
"We are very happy to be able to re-sign both Jair Benitez and Andrew Jacobson," FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said. "Jair has been an important part of FC Dallas' success. I consider him one of the best left fullbacks in Major League Soccer. Jair cannot only defend - he is also a very skillful fullback on the attack."
Both players have been a vital part of the defense this year and when healthy are a major part of the club. There is little doubt in my mind that a turning point this season for when Dallas began to struggle was when AJ went down with an injury. Without his play in the midfield alongside Daniel Hernandez the club began to slip.
Jacobson came to FC Dallas in the off-season in a trade from the Philadelphia Union, a trade that continues to be one of the best deals made this season.
Benitez has been with the club since coming over on loan from Colombian side Deportivo Cali on July 22, 2009. He's been a big reason why the defense has been one of the best in Major League Soccer over the last two seasons.
You have to wonder who else the club will re-sign for the 2012 season that they haven't already. I know the Hyndman and Barry Goreman were pretty vocal this season about locking up some key players like this for multiple years. I wouldn't be shocked if more re-signings are on the way here.