For the fifth straight offseason, we are bringing back a popular series that dives deep into the roster construction. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll look at how FC Dallas will go from where their roster stands today, to where we hope they can end up come February before their CCL quarterfinal run beings.
For starters, something I would like to point out with is that the MLS salary cap this year was right at $3.66 million. So for our purposes in this series, we will use a baseline cap of $3.75 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 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.
Back to two keepers
Just like in previous years in doing this series, we begin with two keepers on the books for FC Dallas as they recently did not extend rookie Ryan Herman’s contract for another season. No real shocker there as the Washington-native never really broke through behind Chris Seitz and Jesse Gonzalez.
Here is what our guys made against the cap in 2016:
Chris Seitz $136,000
Jesse Gonzalez $67,500*
* - Salary did not count towards the cap due to Homegrown status
Total spent towards the cap:
Money moving forward
Like I’ve mentioned before, FC Dallas has done well at spending money in this department. Not only have they gotten a ton of bang for their buck in these two keepers over the last two seasons, they were able to go with a cheap third option in 2016 in Herman. I would imagine they’ll do a bit of the same in 2017 as they look to keep the competition up between Seitz and Gonzalez.
Final figures and thoughts
Right now we know Seitz is the buy between the pipes for the club. Then again, this time last year we thought that exact same thing of Gonzalez. So maybe that will flip again in 2017. Or maybe it will not. We’ll see. I do think we’ll continue on in keeping a cheap third option for those extra CCL and USOC games next season. That seemed to work out well this year for the club to have Gonzalez earn those minutes when he did and not take too many away from Seitz, who was pretty solid in goal for us all year long.
What do you make of the current state in goal? Happy to see that FCD isn't over spending on keepers these days?