The offseason assessment of each FC Dallas player rolls on as we follow up our piece on Maynor Figueroa with another veteran, midfielder Javier Morales.
What Javi brings to the table
Javier is an interesting case because really it comes down to what we all know he was/is capable of versus what he actually attained in his debut season in Frisco. He played the fewest minutes (757) since his rookie season and failed to eclipse the 2,000-minute mark for the first time since 2011.
That being said, he wasn’t brought in to play a key role, but to instead be a player-for-player swap at the attacking mid position with Mauro Diaz in hopes to avoid the offensive dry-spell the team previously encountered any time Diaz missed time.
Unfortunately, even with that, he only scored once and notched just two assists in 15 appearances, eight of which were starts. He’ll be 38 next season and with a number of young midfielders FCD has like Paxton Pomykal and Jacori Hayes combined with the number of experienced players who can slot into the playmaking midfield spot like Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Cermeno (if he’s still here) and Ryan Hollingshead, he’s hardly a coveted piece on this team going into the offseason.
Javi Mo comes with a hefty price tag, which might be the primary motive for not bringing him back in 2018. His $300,000 base salary and $315,000 guaranteed compensation are the seventh-highest on the team despite him seeing just the 16th-most minutes in 2017. Talk about not getting a bang-for-your-buck (there was probably a better phrase for this).
There’s good evidence that a lack of squad rotation was a primary reason for FCD’s second-half collapse, and if having to play younger, more promising players in the spot Morales’ departure would create, I’m all for it.
Morales has had a terrific career and serves as a model for creative, prolific playmakers that don’t have to go to Europe to find success, but all of these stories come to an end at some point.
It was a smart idea to bring him in with hopes of giving Pareja a late-game super-sub, but that just didn’t pan out and there’s not a whole lot of evidence to say this wouldn’t also be the case next season.
But, who knows? Maybe you all disagree. Sound off: one more year? Or #PlayYourKids?
Should FC Dallas keep Javier Morales in 2018?
This poll is closed
Yes, he’s still got magic to make
No, he’s just well past his prime