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MLS Draft: Three scenarios at play for FC Dallas

It will be all about getting depth and the most bang for their buck.

2013 MLS SuperDraft Presented By Adidas Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Every year the strategies for FC Dallas in the SuperDraft are pretty simple: get the best player available, fill the needs that the team has and if possible, make some allocation money in the process.

This year is really no different. FC Dallas is in a good spot entering Friday’s draft when you look at their roster, depth and their money. The club has three picks to deal with in Friday in the first two rounds. How they handle those picks could come down to these these scenarios.

Stay where they are at and get depth

This appears to be the most likely scenario for Friday. Between the number 18 pick in the first round and then the two in the second round, Dallas can stay where they are at and get the depth that they need. There should be plenty of defensive talent available with the number 18 pick and the first pick that they have in the second round.

There have been a few good picks around that number 18 spot in previous drafts too. In 2015, Seattle got Cristian Roldan at number 17. Before that in 2009, LA got AJ DeLaGarza at number 19. A huge steal (at least in terms today) would be New York taking Jozy Altidore at number 17 in 2006, which at that point was a second round selection.

Then there is also the part where they can get depth and help out USL affiliate Oklahoma City Energy FC at the same time. OKC head coach Jimmy Nielsen was in LA this week scouting at the MLS Combine along side the FC Dallas technical staff. Two of FCD’s three picks (Timo Pitter and Colin Bonner) last year ended up spending a considerable amount of time in OKC. I would expect that to happen again.

Gamble and trade up

Fernando Clavijo has always been a bit of a gambler since becoming the club’s technical director in 2012. I look at the 2014 draft when they got Tesho Akindele as a big proof that he’ll gamble with the club’s first round selection if there is a guy that he truly wants. That year as you may recall he traded down from the number five spot to number 10, and then back up to number six to snag Akindele.

FCD is in a good spot roster wise to where they could trade away a player or some allocation money to move up. Now I would only do this if I knew the club could get one of the Generation adidas targets that will not count against the salary cap this season. Again, it would be a gamble. Potentially a costly one.

Gamble and trade out of the 1st round

In years past, the number 18 selection wasn’t even in the first round. Being in the back end of the opening round is a tough spot to draft in these days. I could see a situation that another clubs like a Minnesota opts to get another first round pick and FCD swaps this one with their first second round selection. Or something like that. FCD is looking for depth as it is and trading down and away could be a viable option to either get some allocation money or some future draft assets.


What do you want to see FCD do on Friday? Stay where they are at or make a trade one way or the other?