For the third straight offseason, a popular series is back. In years past we've done this series a little earlier in the offseason but now that FC Dallas has made several roster moves, it seems like a good time to take a deep dive into how the roster will be building out for next year.
For starters, something I would like to point out with is that the MLS salary cap this year was right at $3.1 million. Given how the CBA discussions are on-going, knowing what the salary cap will be in 2015 is a bit of mystery. So for our purposes in this series, we will use a baseline cap of $3.7 million.
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. Unlike in years past, FC Dallas will not be getting any of the 'you suck' allocation for not reaching the playoffs. Instead they will need to rely on trades and any potential transfers (doubtful) to build up any additional allocation funds.
Typically each year returning players see an increase in their salary unless it has been agreed with the club that they make less, as in the club and player worked out a deal.
As we all know Raul Fernandez will not be back in 2015, which means FC Dallas currently has three keepers on the roster. That is a good number to be at. In years past, it meant that someone would need to go on loan and others would be left to battle out the roster spot.
1. Speaking of the loan. I wouldn't be shocked if we see Jesse Gonzalez get a short-term loan at some point in 2015. I don't see a full-season loan, just because you never know what will happen with injuries.
Here is what our three keepers made in 2014 in total compensation.
Dan Kennedy - $213,416.67
Chris Seitz - $105,000
Jesse Gonzalez - $48,500 *
* - Salary did not count towards the cap due to Homegrown status
Total spent towards the cap:
Money moving forward
All three will see bumps in 2015, both Seitz and Kennedy signed new contracts recently with FCD, so it will be interesting to see how the money plays out between the two of them.
Final figures and thoughts
Right now, FCD is actually spending less on these three keepers against the salary cap than they were during the 2014 season. It isn't by much but it is a little bit of a drop.
The roster battle between Seitz and Kennedy will definitely be a storyline going into next year. But I think the more important thing to watch could be with Gonzalez. At some point he has to get some minutes somewhere. Richard Sanchez did during his time with the club before the team sold him off to Tigres this year. It only makes sense for them to get him some minutes in 2015.
What do you make of the money being spent on the keepers for next year? Impressed that the salary figure actually went down? Are you happy that the club only has three keepers on the books this year instead of five?