FC Dallas announced on Thursday morning that they have inked long-term deals to three young players. Designated Player Mauro Diaz and Homegrown defender Moises Hernandez have signed new contracts that extend to the 2019 season, while 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele is now signed through the 2018 season.
Diaz and Hernandez join Fabian Castillo in the group of players that are now signed through the 2019 season, in an effort to keep a young core group of players in Dallas for the long run.
While this may not be the type of signing news that FC Dallas fans want to see at the moment, this is a good thing. It is impressive that FCD is wanting to keep these young players for the long-haul and now that guys like Akindele and Hernandez are earning national team attention, it helps out with any potential transfer that could come their way in the next couple of years.
It doesn't help the current depth issue that the club is dealing with but it does prevent the team from losing any of these guys in the next year or two to a free transfer to another club. It will be very interesting to see what kind of money these three are going to be pulling in as both Hernandez and Akindele were on fairly cheap deals last year due to their age and status.