The first period of free agency in Major League Soccer begin yesterday. Below are three guys FC Dallas may consider taking a look at.
2015 Salary: $77k
Avila was drafted by FC Dallas in the second round to a Generation Adidas contract in 2008. You might recall his stunning volley in the 2010 playoffs against RSL. After two years in Toronto, he spent two years at Chivas USA. In 2013, Avi said, "I always feel like Dallas is home, my second home. I was there four years. The fans treated me great."
Avi played 21 games for Orlando, primarily at RM or RW, scoring 1 goal and providing 2 assists. He has never scored more than 3 goals or assisted more than 3 times in a season. In Dallas, the expectation would be only to use Avila as backup player. At the beginning of the 2014 season, he played RB for Chivas USA. For a league-minimum salary, could this be Papi’s third winger to fullback conversion in three years, following JeVaughn Watson in 2014 and Atiba Harris in 2015?
2015 Salary: $270k
Another player who was drafted by FC Dallas, this all-star CB could wind up back in his hometown. With over 300 appearances in MLS, he is a veteran locker room leader. In Dallas, he would no longer be a captain and might not even be an automatic starter. Moor could be an excellent mentor to Zimmerman but at the expense of his playing time. Is Pareja willing to break up the strong Hedges – Loyd partnership, or would Moor accept a role as a rotation player? Colorado likely passed on his option in order to negotiate a lower salary. In MLS’ new Free Agency, Moor can demand up to $310k. Would Moor accept something presumably around the price of Soumare’s $225k contract to return to Dallas when other teams are likely to be more desperate?
2015 Salary: $199k
The youngest player to hit 300 MLS games played, Justin Mapp only played five times in the league this year due to elbow surgery and a toe injury. A wizard with 75 assists in his 14 year career, he is a visionary winger that finds others in tight spaces but does not contribute goals.
Does he fit FC Dallas’ style of play? Somewhat. He does have the ability to beat defenders. However, his crossing ability would be wasted if Dallas continues to expect the wingers to dribble to the end line and whip low crosses to the top of the six. With Barrios’ strong second half of the year, he became a staple in the FC Dallas lineup. The Impact have already given Mapp an offer to return to Montreal. Don’t expect FC Dallas to shell out the money for a rotation player.