FC Dallas is no different than each MLS side when it comes to the SuperDraft. While they’ve done well over the years in identifying talent that could produce a lot of minutes, goals, and assists, they have also failed short with a few players as well.
Here are the top five recent draft busts for FC Dallas.
5. Ryan Herman, 2016, First round, #17 pick
In a small way I am willing to give Herman a pass because he was never expected to be the guy in goal. He was never going to unseat Chris Seitz or Jesse Gonzalez in the depth charts.
4. Otis Earle, 2015, First round, #15 pick
Not all defensive picks have been stellar these last five years. Earle wasn’t a big name when he was drafted two years ago. While he did have the family history in the game (his father is Robbie Earle), the young defender’s attitude never really lived up to the first round selection.
He ended up never appearing in a regular season game for FC Dallas in 2015. While on loan with former USL affiliate Arizona United, he saw action in six games. Just six.
Players drafted after him: Cristian Roldan (Seattle), Christian Volesky (Portland)
3. Josh Lambo, 2008, First round, #8 pick
Nine years ago, FC Dallas had two picks in the top ten. The first selection they used was on some guy named Brek Shea. The second was on Generation adidas keeper in Lambo.
Lambo never really broke into the lineup for FCD over the three years he was with the team. He never saw a league match with the club and eventually retired from soccer altogether and took up football as a kicker. I would say he’s done fairly well for himself since then by going to Texas A&M and then signing with the NFL’s Chargers.
Players drafted after him: Roger Espinoza (KC), Shea Salinas (San Jose)
2. Fuad Ibrahim, 2007, Second round, #1 pick (#14 overall)
Draft were a tad different back in 2007 as there were fewer clubs. Ibrahim was another GA selection from the club that didn’t pan out in the end. At the time he was the second youngest player ever drafted (behind Freddy Adu). There was some considerable hype surrounding him but it never worked out as he couldn’t break into the lineup and was then traded to Toronto in 2008.
Players drafted after him: Brad Evans (Columbus), Nick LaBrocca (Colorado), Dane Richards (New York)
1. Peri Marosevic, 2009, First round, #5 pick
In 2009, the draft class was incredibly deep. Dallas had a good chance to snag a guy that could help them for years to come (which in a small way they did with their second pick in George John). Instead they took a chance on a GA product in Marosevic.
The Bosnia native played a total of four games for FCD in the next coupe of seasons under Schellas Hyndman. He nearly broke out during a loan to Austin in 2010 but once he returned he still struggled to break into the lineup of a team that was on a MLS Cup run.
He was released in 2011 and then landed with Toronto before bouncing around in some lower divisions.
Guys drafted after him: Chris Pontius (DCU), Matt Besler (KC), Stefan Frei (Toronto), Graham Zusi (KC), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA), Mike Grella (Toronto).