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Wednesday's MLS Expansion Draft Should Pass By Without Incident for FC Dallas

We're staying in Dallas!
We're staying in Dallas!

The expansion draft lists are out and while Dallas didn't really have a tough time choosing theirs with only one or two question marks, some teams with more depth and less established stars have had to leave some major pieces unprotected as Montreal Impact begins to build their team. 

It's been discussed by some of you in the comments and I think it's worth an actual post to look at how much of a chance there really is that Dallas loses someone in tomorrow's 1PM expansion draft.

If Montreal is looking for defenders, they will obviously look elsewhere. As defenders go, I guess you could make a case for Jeremy Hall in that while he struggled in the first few months here, he's still young and has a lot of potential. However, looking at the other lists there are much more proven outside backs like Kosuke Kimura whom Brek Shea has said was one of the toughest defenders in the league, Zarek Valentin, Anthony Wallace, Tyrone Marshall, Ryan Cochrane, Robbie Russell, Mike Chabala etc....

At forward, the only real option on the Dallas unprotected list is Maicon Santos. I know, I know but he's got 14 goals in 62 games which is a decent strike rate over 2 1/2 MLS seasons. However, his $126k salary could chase Jesse Marsch and the Impact brain trust off. There's also a much cheaper and arguably better option in Mike Fucito or if they wanted to spend a little money could get Chad Barrett, Brian Ching, or Mac Kandji. As much as some of you, unfairly in my opinion, don't want Maicon back next year, Montreal won't likely be taking him off Dallas' hands.

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The only three other palatable options for Marsch would be Bobby Warshaw, Daniel Cruz or Bruno Guarda, three central midfielders. Warshaw is probably the most interesting option out of those three as he's young, on a very low contract and has a ton of potential while Bruno Guarda at just a $63,000 salary cap hit could be an interesting choice if Jesse Marsch likes his game or the potential of getting something from Dallas in a trade to get him back. 

These are all unlikely choices though when looking at the center mid talent available like Michael Stephens(unsung hero who played 25 games for LA this season), Eric Alexander, Mehdi Ballouchy, Stephane Auvray, Freddy Adu, Justin Mapp, and Ned Grabavoy(perpetually underrated).

With a first year coach like Jesse Marsch, it's tough to know exactly what kind of players he's looking for so there's always the chance someone on Dallas could catch his eye. However, when looking at the positions available that are deep with talent in the expansion draft, it looks like while last year's expansion draft gutted the FCD roster, this Wednesday should pass by without much incident.