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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Should FC Dallas push to retain Maxi Urruti?

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The Argentine has been a solid addition but is he truly happy here anymore?

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The cooler weather has hit Dallas as of late which means we’re still in the offseason for FC Dallas. As we continue our roster evaluations, we turn our sights on the club’s leading scorer from the last two seasons in Maxi Urruti.

What Maxi brings to the table

We know Urruti can be a dynamic player up top for FC Dallas. We’ve seen the goals, the high work rate, the celebrations, and everything else in between. These last two seasons have been pretty special to watch as he fit into the roster perfectly in 2016 with his buddy Mauro Diaz, and even more so this season.

Urruti’s 12 goals this season were all fun to watch, especially those golazos. But his off the field issues with a possible transfer to San Lorenzo this summer certainly made things dicey at best. He was reportedly unhappy with the way the club denied the transfer to Argentina this summer and his production on the field suffered as a result of it. In the last 16 games of the season, he scored just one of his 12 goals.

Salary impact

The money is a hot-button topic with Urruti. His base salary of $300k isn’t bad given the 12 goals, but when you look at his total compensation of $560k, you are probably left wanting just a little more out of him.

Final thoughts

I’ve always loved watching Maxi on the field. But when a guy gets truly unhappy about his situation and his play suffers as a result, then I can see where it may be time to move on. As much as I would prefer to see the club work things out and he stays on board for a third season, I wouldn’t mind that type of money going to a player that can contribute a steady 15-20 goals a year.

But I leave this to you all to decide. Should FCD work to keep Maxi in 2018 or let him go?

Poll

Should FC Dallas work to retain Maxi Urruti in 2018?

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    Yes, he is still an important piece to this club
    (59 votes)
  • 62%
    No, he’s unhappy, so let him go
    (98 votes)
157 votes total Vote Now