Things are moving fast around these parts as the MLS SuperDraft is just a couple days away. After the end to the Castillo Transfer Saga, it appears the Dallas Front Office is wasting zero time to building and completing the roster adjustments to give Oscar Pareja a chance to challenge for the trophy in all competitions this upcoming season.
We’ll continue to have coverage of the SuperDraft here and we’ll keep tabs on any transfer news, with the latest being Cristian Colman being linked to sign as the newest DP with the announcement either set for some time today or early next week.
For now we’ll do a quick bird’s eye view of the current roster and where the team stands and where it still has holes.
As of the time of writing, Dallas has 27 players on their senior roster. Obviously not everyone will remain in Dallas with the USL partnership with OKC Energy being renewed again for the 2017 campaign. We can expect a handful of young players being sent out on loan again to get valuable minutes at the professional level just north on I-35.
Off a quick scan, Dallas is still lacking a third keeper and a back up defensive midfielder from the departed Juan Esteban Ortiz. Dallas will most likely address these issues in the draft.
Another weakness in the lineup is another sensible option at center back. With Zach Loyd (I’m still in mourning) being picked up in the Expansion Draft and the option to Norberto Papparato being declined, FCD is a little thin in terms of depth in the center back position. This of course, is a great opportunity for Aaron Guillen to shine but adding another MLS veteran into the mix (think Stephen Keel type) would really solidify the spot.
This center back position could actually be a real problem come this summer if both Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman impress in the USMNT January Camp and receive a call up to the Gold Cup.
With all the competitions that Dallas will be competing in and the expected absences from several key players for certain stretches of the season (including Mauro Diaz’s injury until June), this team may forego defending the Supporter’s Shield and focus their efforts on the tournament style competitions for securing trophies.
It’s certainly a headache to think about, but all signs indicate that Fernando Clavijo and Oscar Pareja have been preparing well for the rigors of the 2017 season and are ready to add more pieces of hardware into the trophy cabinet again.