As we move forward in this offseason discussion here on Big D Soccer, we figured it would be wise to look at the players with options on their contracts to discuss whether or not we want them back with FC Dallas in 2015. For the second straight year we're going with the Roman theme of thumbs up or thumbs down for this series.
Next in our debate is goalkeeper and former MLS All-Star, Raul Fernandez.
Fernandez has always been a bit of a mystery to me. At times he is possibly one of the best keepers in Major League Soccer. But at other times he does something in goal that makes you shake your head.
His leadership in the back sometimes comes and goes too. He is vocal with his back line at times but in some games you do see him disappear in terms of vocalness.
But saying that Fernandez does come up big when the club needs him to the most.
Fernandez also has interesting stats to consider. Our resident stat guru Jason pulled up the following numbers on Fernandez from 2014.
|Average Goals Conceded||0.9||1.42||1.18|
|Average Saves Per Game||1.70||2.92||342 shots face/76 saves|
Here is also where he was scored on as well:
When it comes down to the money side of things, FC Dallas actually spends more on keepers than most, if not all MLS clubs. But that is because they are basically paying for two starters while most clubs are spending bigger on one guy and hoping that the backup rarely has to see the field.
So in a way this is a tricky one. The numbers seem good but there is a gut feeling that I have that Chris Seitz (who we'll get to soon) is better off in goal. I think two years in the league we know what we're going to get out of Fernandez. He's a good guy off the field and could soon be getting a green card from what I've heard which would open up an international roster slot.
But I'll leave this to you all, thumbs up to keep Fernandez moving forward or thumbs down to part ways and go in another direction.