Now that the season is over for FC Dallas in 2016, and given the fact that Thanksgiving is next week (yeah let that sink in for a moment), we felt it was a good time to start looking back on all the things that made 2016 a pretty successful season for the club on and off the field.
We’re first going to look at the various moves that were made both in the offseason and in the regular season that shaped this club.
Getting Maxi Urruti in the Re-Entry Draft
The first move going into the 2016 actually took place in 2015. FC Dallas traded up to get the top selection in the first stage of the Re-Entry Draft because they knew they wanted Maxi Urruti from Portland.
We’ll discuss his season as a whole later on but the move paid off well when you look at things. Urruti played in 30 regular season games, starting 29 of them. He scored nine goals and brought in four assists as well.
Transfer to get Carlos Gruezo
In hindsight, this may be my top move of the year for the club. When the club signed him on January 23, we knew we were getting a Young DP that had World Cup experience. We also knew that the club actually paid a hefty transfer fee to get him from German side VfB Stuttgart.
His stats won’t wow anyone but the effect he had on the field was pretty clear as the season rolled on. Once he got out of the yellow card phase as he adjusted to the league’s officials, Gruezo was one of the most consistent players the club had on the roster.
Between May and the end of the playoffs, the club only lost twice when Gruezo was in the starting lineup. I’d say that was money well spent on the club’s part to get him.
Trade of Blas Perez for Mauro Rosales
As the preseason started up, we begin seeing more new faces show up in Frisco. One that appeared was Mauro Rosales. On the flip side we knew that former FCD forward Blas Perez was not returning to Frisco for 2016 and that he was starting to appear in Vancouver with the Whitecaps. After a little bit of time, the deal was finally made. A straight up swap for each player.
Who got the better end of the deal now that the season is over? I may be biased but I would say FC Dallas certainly did. Rosales appeared in 23 games for FC Dallas, where he scored two goals and assisted on three. He was a vital part of Oscar Pareja’s system late in the season. Perez on the other hand appeared in 22 games with only two goals and one assist.
Signing of Paxton Pomykal
Its not just the fact that he was the 15th Homegrown signed but the fact that he worked as hard as he did to earn the #19 jersey.
Signing of Carlos Ruiz
While he didn’t play a ton, he did provide us with what could be called the Supporters’ Shield winning goal.