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Building For 2013: Goalkeepers

First part in a series of building the 2013 roster.

Brandon Wade

Some know I've been hinting at a post or two about next year's roster. Well, today is the start of that in a little series called Building For 2013.

I will go section by section in the roster and look at the make-up and salary of each section before coming together with a final look. After the roster cuts from yesterday and the re-signing of Richard Sanchez today, the keeper area seemed like the easiest group to start with.

Over the next few weeks I'll go over the defenders, midfielders and forwards. Those group are a little more difficult to forecast.

Background information

For starters, something I would like to point out with is that the MLS salary cap this year was a little over $2.8 million and given how it should climb a little in the next year, I'm going to estimate that it goes somewhere between $2.9 million and $3.1 million in 2013.

MLS teams as most of you know can buy down a players salary with allocation, a number that seems made up on a case by case basis in some ways. But in all reality it is real and it does have a lot of meaning. FC Dallas will be getting some extra allocation this winter due to the fact that they failed to reach the post season. This is also known as the "you suck money" from the league.

In 2012, if you include the salary of Julian de Guzman, FC Dallas spend $4.8 million on their roster. This was all based on total compensation per the MLS Players Union. Those numbers are a tad rough and since Toronto was said to be paying de Guzman's salary. FCD paid about $3.5 million in 2011.

Typically each year returning players see an increase in their salary unless it has been agreed with the club that they make less, such in the case of Daniel Hernandez when he re-signed before 2012 to be a player-coach. His player salary dipped considerably from 2011 to 2012 because of that. Most returning players however will see a slight bump.

Three keepers

For the most part, both Daniel and I agree on a lot of things and this area is one of them. We shouldn't see a drastic movement in goal in 2013. Just like most clubs Dallas will carry three keepers and for the second straight season, it will be the trio of Kevin Hartman, Chris Seitz and Sanchez.

Obviously two things have to happen first.

1. Hartman has to be re-signed. Daniel talked about it in an article a few weeks ago how Hartman is looking to stay here and that he and his family are happy in Dallas. The two sides will come together this winter to work out a new deal.

2. Seitz has to have his option picked up. Right now the club has an option on Seitz for the 2013 season. Either they'll pick it up and he'll be apart of the club again, or they'll decline the option and he'll go into the Re-Entry Draft.

The money

Last year the three guys in goal made the following in total compensation per the MLSPU:

Hartman: $185k

Seitz: $75k

Sanchez: $45k *his numbers did not count towards the cap and will likely be the case in 2013*

Total towards the cap: $260k

A little perspective on that number for you. Most clubs spend roughly the same or even a little less depending on the number for the main starter. Hartman does make more than some keepers in this league due to experience and age. Only Kansas City, Salt Lake and San Jose appear to spend more on their group of keepers than Dallas does.

The money going forward

Again, I see all three coming back in 2013. Sanchez is a definite as it was announced today that he would be with the club through 2015. As for Hartman and Seitz, it comes down to the money once again.

Seitz should get his option picked up and I'd imagine his salary will go up just a hair to $80k, and that may be generous on my part too. Just a rough estimate right now.

As for Hartman, his will be interesting to see due to his age. We know his worth is still very high to this team so re-signing him is a no brainer when it comes down to it. But will the club give him the same numbers, higher or get him to take a cut? Only Jimmy Nielsen, Troy Perkins, and Donovan Ricketts made more than Hartman in 2012. I believe Hartman is still in the top class of goal keepers in MLS still and his price should remain fairly close to his 2012 numbers.

Who knows, maybe Dallas will get lucky and Hartman will take a slight cut in pay to allow more signings this winter. He's a leader of the team and we've seen it happen in the past. So who knows.

Final figures and thoughts

Let's say it all goes well and Seitz gets his option picked up and Hartman re-signs. Best case scenario and the most likely when you really look at it all. I'm forecasting Seitz to go to $80k on the year in total compensation and Hartman to take a slight cut in pay to go to $170k.

Three roster spots down, only 27 more to go!

In all the club saves a few grand on these moves and keeps a legendary keeper and two talented young keepers for the future.

What do you think? Will FCD keep the same keepers or is it time to bring someone else in to put between the pipes? Also, if you do want to bring someone else in, how much are you willing to pay them?