For a club without too many true strikers, FC Dallas has released two of them today by waiving Milton Rodriguez and Peri Marosevic.
The move frees up two roster spots for the club during a busy summer transfer window. Dallas already has a couple players lined up for trials in the coming days and could make moves fairly quickly here to address needs across the board.
Neither should come as a shock to most observers though.
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Marosevic struggled to see playing time with Dallas. His work rate in practice was good, but likely not good enough. Oddly enough it didn't take long for him to land on his feet as Toronto FC picked up him right away as a part of their summer roster overhaul.
He'll likely go down as one of the biggest draft busts those for Dallas. He was taken in the first round in the 2009 SuperDraft and fifth overall. For a guy to be picked that high and rarely see playing time says a few things. Either he wasn't ready or the club made a mistake at taking him.
Dallas loaned him out a couple of times but ultimately couldn't do much else with him.
As for Uncle Milton, seeing him get released isn't at all a shocker. His playing time has pretty much gone from number one starter to barely on the bench. Injuries were a factor and his age wasn't helping him out either. He scored some quality goals here and there this season but the IT band injury kept him on the sideline more than most would have liked.
The loss of Rodriguez means a couple big things though for the upcoming weeks. It opens up an all important international roster spot
and it frees up a big chunk of salary cap space that Dallas will almost certainly use in the coming weeks to fill. (update: on second look the contracts were guaranteed on July 1, so Dallas is probably still on the hook for most of his high contract)
Both were good guys but I can't imagine too many fans being upset by this announcement today.