The first stage of the 2015 Re-Entry Draft is Friday. In years past, the first stage is usually uneventful. Clubs must exercise the option for, or extend a Bona Fide Offer to, all players selected in Stage One.
Given that FC Dallas has some extra allocation to play with this year due to their involvement in the CONCACAF Champions League, it is possible that they will go after a couple players in this draft process, including tomorrow's first stage. Here are some names to consider.
2015 Salary: $197k
Beitashour has been one of the best fullbacks in MLS in recent years. He is solid defensively and contributes to the attack. He was a 2012 All-Star selection as a San Jose homegrown player. Last year, Beita was on Iran’s World Cup squad but did not see the pitch. He appears to have lost a step this year and suffered during Vancouver’s decline at the end of the season.
Having a high-paid fullback is a luxury in MLS as teams prefer to build up the spine. Watson is FC Dallas’ highest paid fullback at a somewhat surprising $180k. With both Watson and Beitashour preferring to play RB, would Pareja be comfortable moving one to the left and paying both players salaries close to twice the league median? Unlikely. Another team will pick Beita before Dallas, like Portland who just sent Villafaña to Santos Laguna.
2015 Salary: $75k
Pappa is only 28 and is on a sub-$100k salary! However, the salary is not accurate for 2016 because in the Re-Entry Draft Stage 1, options must be picked up. Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey told Sounder at Heart that "The contract option was high, at least from our perspective, so we choose not to pick it up." How high?
Pappa is known for his roller coaster performances. One game his creativity will overflow and he will unlock the defense with an unexpected flick. Another game he will constantly lose the ball and frustrate his teammates. Primarily deployed as a LW, Pappa has occasionally been used as a CAM. For the right price, FC Dallas might pick up Pappa as an unpredictable option off the bench and cover for when Mauro Diaz inevitably gets injured.
2015 Salary: $200k
A player that has infuriated Frisco fans by scoring twice and assisting once in five games versus FC Dallas, Urruti is a player that Portland has to part ways with due to Fanendo Adi’s breakout season. After a 2014 season in which Urruti scored 10 goals in just 1181 minutes, he only managed 4 goals this season.
Urruti is a hard worker on the field. He provided a high energy option for the Timbers late in the game after Adi had bruised opposing defenders. Maxi constantly makes darting runs across the box for his teammates to pick out. Urruti is not the 15-goal striker that FC Dallas desperately needs, but as a slightly cheaper option than David Texeira in much the same mold, FC Dallas could grab him if he is still available at the 17th pick, which seems unlikely.
2015 Salary: $275k
An international teammate of Blas Perez’s, Torres has been a disappointment for his club. He was signed as the Rapids’ first DP in August 2013 after scoring 5 goals in the 2013 Gold Cup. Under coach Oscar Pareja, Torres scored three goals in seven games for Colorado in 2013. After being deemed unfit in 2014, he was relegated to bench warmer for much of the year. At the beginning of the 2015 season, he scored four goals in five games, prompting coach Pablo Mastroeni to call his turnaround "remarkable." Torres then did not score a goal for the remainder of the year as Mastroeni deployed him on the wings.
What does Pareja think of him? Oscar was able to get a better performance out of him than Pablo did. He is not the 15-goal striker, but he could be a 10. He fits into FC Dallas' system as a poaching CF with good movement and finishing ability. Seeing as how Gabi will likely go unselected for $275k in Stage 1, it is not unreasonable to think that he will be available for Dallas in Stage 2. How low of a contract offer would he accept? Looking at it from another angle, how many South American strikers does Clavijo have lined up this offseason that are better than Torres?