Late last night (late being relative, but 9:30pm is pushing it for me), Twitter started releasing news that FC Dallas acquired Toronto FC midfielder Kyle Bekker in a trade. Rumor is that allocation money was involved and Dallas wasn't sending a player back. This of course is just a rumor (at the time of this writing) but I'll go ahead and look at what Bekker brings to the team and how he might fit this current team.
Mauro Diaz Backup?
This might be the most realistic option, although given how Dallas adjusted so well without Diaz, the need for a backup isn't as dire was it was during the months of May and June of 2014. Here's how Bekker fared statistically compared to Super Mauro.
So at least statistically speaking, Bekker is fairly comparable to Diaz. The downside though is that in two years, Bekker has yet to register a goal or an assist, which is disappointing. Although Bekker doesn't play as high as Diaz on the pitch, so perhaps the comparison is a little misleading.
Challenger to Victor Ulloa?
As much as I loved Ulloa last season and hate to see him lose his starting position, but Ulloa didn't really bring much offensively for the Hoops in 2014. In fairness though, Ulloa was never asked to carry the offensive load of the team but Bekker was able to create more chances for his teammates than Ulloa did.
What confuses me is that Dallas took midfielders in the 3rd and 4th rounds of the SuperDraft as well. Granted neither William Seymore or Jaineil Hoilett are likely to make the final roster which leads me to just wonder, "Why?" Why Bekker who doesn't seem to fit at all, and if they were working that trade, why take two more midfielders in the draft?
My gut says that this means Dallas isn't done dealing and making roster moves and they are possibly just acquiring pieces to make more trades. The other option that I wonder is a remote possibility is that Dallas wants to be so damn flexible with their formation and tactics that Bekker was acquired so that Dallas could pull off the 4-3-3 along with the 4-4-2 and the 4-2-3-1. Of course, this is all wide speculation at the moment as the deal hasn't been confirmed and there's still plenty of time for Dallas to get the roster set but it is fun to think and tinker with the possibilities.
What do y'all think? If this trade does go through, what do you think Oscar Pareja's plans are with Bekker?