For the fourth straight offseason, we're going to take a piece-by-piece look at the roster and how it will be constructed for the next year. FC Dallas has made a couple moves already this offseason and will look to do more in the coming weeks. Today we'll look at the first part of the roster, our goalkeepers.
For starters, something I would like to point out with is that the MLS salary cap this year was right at $3.3 million. So for our purposes in this series, we will use a baseline cap of $3.5 million as the cap is expected to slowly reach $4.2 million by 2019.
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.
Technically speaking there are three on the books as of this writing but we know that Dan Kennedy is about to be traded to LA. That deal has just not been announced yet and for this purpose we'll just discuss the two players that we know will be here in 2016. Next year may be the first year that we'll see a different kind of battle in goal, one that rests more on whether or not Jesse Gonzalez can keep the job all year long or if Chris Seitz will over take him at any point.
Here is what our guys made against the cap in 2015:
Chris Seitz $130,000
Jesse Gonzalez $60,000*
* - Salary did not count towards the cap due to Homegrown status
Total spent towards the cap:
Money moving forward
Both players will more than likely receive some bumps in pay for next year. The big question will be whether or not Gonzalez's pay remains on the Homegrown scale or if he will transition off the HGP status. There have been talks that he Kellyn Acosta and Moises Hernandez will all see their salaries count against the cap next year but nothing is official on that.
Final figures and thoughts
There isn't a ton tied to keepers on the books right now and more than likely the team will add a third keeper through the draft, which shouldn't count against things since it will be a developmental deal. Right now we know Gonzalez is the guy between the pipes moving forward with Seitz available for spot duty here and there. I think as long as FCD is able to keep the numbers relatively low on the pay scale (which they should), it will help open up more money for other positions to get the improvements that they need this offseason.
What do you make of the current state in goal? Happy to see that FCD isn't over spending on keepers these days?