For the sixth 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, all the way through the drafts in December, to the start of training camp in January.
Today we’ll kick this off like we do every year with a quick look at the goalkeeping situation with the team.
For starters, I like to point out the salary cap, which this season was at $3.8 million. So for our purposes in this series, we will use a baseline cap of $4 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. FC Dallas will be getting some extra allocation money for not reaching the post season, as well as some for earning a spot in the CCL again.
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.
Just the one
That is right, just the one. Jesse Gonzalez was the lone keeper left on the roster after the decision day earlier this week. Chris Seitz is moving on apparently as a free agent. Eduardo Cortes was brought on late by the club in 2017 and never saw the field.
I could say that there are two with USL keeper Carlos Avilez, but we rarely saw him in 2017 as he wasn’t officially on the FC Dallas roster. He was signed to a USL contract instead of a MLS one. So for this purpose, I’m leaving him off this discussion.
Here is what our guys made against the cap in 2017:
Jesse Gonzalez $109,000*
* - Salary did not count towards the cap due to Homegrown status
Total spent towards the cap:
Money moving forward
2018 will be different however as Gonzalez is expected to move to the senior roster thanks to a new contract that he signed. I’m going out on a limb based on other re-signings from other HGPs and will say that his salary will likely be close to $200k next season.
Still, saying that FC Dallas has been smart with their money in this department. I’ve long said that a good keeper in this league can take you far but you don’t have to break the bank in the process.
Final figures and thoughts
Right now we know there will be a need for another backup. Seitz is out and likely will get picked up by someone (my gut tells me LAFC). FCD managed to go the majority of 2017 with just two keepers on the books and I could see them manage to do the same here by drafting a keeper or even going the HGP route again in this department.
The club is putting a lot of stock into Gonzalez and I am fine with that right now. He’s proven enough along the last couple of season that he is not only growing as a player but as a person too. I think if he can take his leadership skills to the next level, it will only improve his game.
What do you make of the current state in goal? Happy to see that FCD isn't over spending on keepers these days?