Before the start of the 2016 season, FC Dallas made several moves to help boost their roster. In the process it meant saying goodbye to several familiar faces. Here is what those players are up to now:
Bakary Soumare - Retired
Soumare joined FC Dallas in July of 2015 in a trade for Kyle Bekker. Soumare never saw action for FC Dallas due to injury and subsequently retired from professional soccer after the 2015 season.
Stephen Keel - Retired, but kickin’ it on KickTV
Keel joined FC Dallas in 2013, and his last action for the first team was in 2014, during the US Open Cup semi-final against the Philadelphia Union where he got injured and subsequently was unable to recover from it. He was released after the 2015 season but has stayed connected with soccer by doing what he does best, mingling with people in front of a camera with KickTV.
While his time was short, he quickly became a fan favorite thanks to this gif:
Update (10/6/2016 1:52pm) I missed this, but Keel has been offered and accepted a job as running social media for MLS now. Fantastic fit for Mr. Keel. Thanks to CousinDeke73 for pointing it out!
David Texeira - Vitória S.C. (Portugese Primeira Liga)
Texeira joined the Hoops in 2014 as a Young DP. He was not re-signed after his initial two year contract was up and moved back to Europe. He played in Turkey for Sivasspor and is now in Portugal with Vitoria, but has yet to make an appearance for his new club.
Michel - Rayo OKC (NASL)
Michel joined the club in 2013 as a trialist. The converted left back became renowned across the league as a set piece specialist with two Olimpicos during his short stint with Dallas. He now plays for Rayo OKC and has done well, scoring 10 goals in 23 games.
This image seems to sum everything about Michel:
Danny Garcia - San Antonio FC (USL)
The former Homegrown player has had a rough start to his soccer career. After an unsuccessful loan to Arizona United, he’s now plying his trade in San Antonio. He’s done relatively well in his limited time with 2 goals in 8 games played.
Otis Earle - Unknown
Was the team’s first round draft pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Made one appearance for FC Dallas in a 4-1 Open Cup win vs OKC. Was then loaned to Arizona United for the remainder of the season where he made only 6 appearances and was released by the club.
Dan Kennedy - LA Galaxy (MLS)
Dan Kennedy was acquired as the first pick from the MLS Dispersal Draft after Chivas USA was disbanded. Kennedy was the starter but eventually lost his position to Jesse Gonzalez in 2015 and requested a trade to near family in California. Dallas complied and traded him to LAG for two draft picks in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. He was LA’s starter to begin the year, but after picking up an injury, he’s been regulated to the bench.
Rolando Escobar - Unknown
After a short stint with FC Dallas, Escobar’s contract was not renewed and was released by the club after the 2015 season. The last time we heard of Escobar was on Oct 14th, when he suffered a facial fracture, thus ending his season. He has not been signed by a club.
Ezequiel Cirigliano - Atlético Tucumán (Argentinian Primera División)
Cirigliano was waived on the same day as Escobar after an unsuccessful loan spell with Dallas. His parting memory to Dallas fans was when he disappointingly let up on Seattle’s Andreas Ivanschitz while he was charging through the midfield and let Ivanschitz score on the play. Cirigliano returned to Argentina and has moved from River Plate to Atlético Tucumán. He has yet to play a single minute for his new club.
Blas Perez - Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS)
Super Ratón was a fan favorite during his spell with FCD. He scored 37 goals in 103 appearances but was deemed a surplus following the 2015 campaign. He was traded to Vancouver for Mauro Rosales. Perez has been a substitute for the Whitecaps, making 9 appearances for his new club while scoring 2 goals.
Je-Vaughn Watson - New England Revolution (MLS)
After three successful seasons with FC Dallas, and having been successful converted into a strong MLS fullback, Watson surprised the club by requesting a trade to the Northeast to be closer to family. Dallas complied and traded Watson to New England for a third round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Watson has made 14 appearances for the Revolution with one goal to boost.
Alex Zendejas - C.D. Guadalajara (Mexican Liga MX)
Homegrown Zendejas was sold to Guadalajara in June of 2016. In order to sign for the Mexican giant, he had to declare that he’ll deny any future USMNT call ups, despite being a regular for the USMNT U-17 side. He has made 1 appearance so far with his new club.
Agustin Jara - Unknown
Jara was already a huge unknown quantity when he signed as a trialist for Dallas. He made three appearances for FCD, but it is unknown if he’s found another club.