In a curiously timed announcement towards the end of the day yesterday, FC Dallas, a team that has basically been playing without a true forward on the pitch for the past couple of months, cut two of them in Peri Marosevic and Milton Rodriguez. Drew has a spot on recap of both of their times in Dallas mentioning that Peri will go down as the biggest draft bust of the Schellas Hyndman era so far.
Milton is an interesting case because he scored some big goals for Dallas last season, but his contract upwards of $200,000 was just too much. However, there is a wrench thrown in the works as it looks like his contract was guaranteed for the rest of the season on July 1 so this really doesn't free up any salary cap space.
Now the big question is do these moves indicate a big signing, possibly Kenny Cooper, is headed to Dallas.
Regarding Kenny Cooper, I just don't see it happening unless Portland changed their asking price in the last few days. It's entirely possible given the rumors that they wanted Zach Loyd and now having traded for Mike Chabala, a player in Loyd's position, their price could have changed.
However, this still seems a long shot to me and the release of these two players was about freeing up roster spots more than money it seems. Hell, for Peri I think Dallas is just happy to have someone else take him as we wasn't even training with the first team for most of practices.
What this does mean is that Schellas has indeed gotten the players he wanted. They wouldn't make these moves if there wasn't players lined up to come here. We know there's a good chance that one of those players is Costa Rican defender Derrick Johnson. The other one is a mystery and almost certainly a forward. I expect the news to come next week while Dallas is back in town.