As we continue to build our preseason coverage of all things FC Dallas, one of the story lines that we're going to dive into will be the battles at each position for the starting spot, starting with the goalkeepers. For parts of the last two seasons, Dallas didn't really have a firm grasp on a clear No. 1. Whether due to injury or form or performance or something else entirely, the starting keeper position kind of seesawed (for better and for worse) between Raul Fernandez and Chris Seitz. Things don't appear to be as clear at the moment as Dallas grabbed former Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy in the Dispersal Draft, giving Dallas two good candidates for the starting position. I will present cases for both, and at the end I'd love to hear your thoughts and vote on who you think will be the Hoops' starting keeper this season.
Goalie stats are even sillier than the silly season, but we do have to start somewhere. So here is a career statistical look at both keepers, starting with Chris Seitz:
Generally speaking, Seitz has had a pretty good career and has been pretty stable when called upon between the posts. For comparison, here are Dan Kennedy's stats:
MP - Matches Played, Min - Minutes, GA - Goals Allowed, GAA - Goals Allowed Average, PA - Penalties Allowed, PKF - Penalty Kicks Faced, PK SvPct - Penalty Kick Save Percentage, Svs - Saves, SHT - Shots Faced, SHT-OG - Shots on Goal Faced, SPct - Save Percentage, CS - Clean Sheets, YC - Yellow Cards, RC - Red Cards
Here are a couple interesting things that pop out to me. (Again, these are numbers without context, and without having seen many Chivas games, these are just observations and not an indicator of anything about either keeper's performance.) So the first thing that stood out was the number of clean sheets that Kennedy has. Clearly he played in front of a pretty awful defense over the years, but somehow has managed to keep the opposition from scoring against him. The other thing that was interesting was the steady decline of Kennedy's save percentage with each successive year. What does that mean? No clue.
Case for Seitz
One, he is a fan favorite. Endeared himself to the fans with his humanitarian work, positive fan engagement and always saying the right things in front of the media. He isn't spectacular, but he doesn't make many mistakes either. He has good hands, good command of his box (98% avg claim success rate), his distribution is consistent (65%) and is familiar with this team and the defense in front of him. He's been a backup for most of his career, and maybe the time has finally come for him to take the reigns as the number one.
Case for Kennedy
Experience. Outside of one season, Seitz has been a backup for most of his MLS career. Whereas Kennedy has been four consecutive years of starting experience. He is also most battle tested thanks to his time with Chivas. His number of clean sheets is incredibly disproportionate to the kind of defense in front of him and how many shots he's faced. Kennedy has the ability to be spectacular and able to steal points from matches his team has no business in.
So what do you think? Vote below in the polls, sound off in the comment section. When we've covered all positions on the field, I'll tally the votes up and put together the Fan's Choice Starting XI.