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Building for 2018: A look at the young FC Dallas forwards

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There is a lot of Homegrown talent up here but when will we see them?

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Now that the offseason is truly hitting its stride, we’re going to take one final look at the FC Dallas roster today as we finish out our Building for 2018 series with a look at the forwards on the roster.

Background information

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 postseason, 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.

All the questions on this young group

  1. Will Maxi be happy? Naturally this is biggest question for this group on my mind. If Urruti can enter 2018 with the same spirit and energy that we saw in the early stages of 2017 (and all of 2016), then not selling him may prove to be worth it. But if he remains unhappy and unproductive, then not selling him this past summer will look like a fool’s error.
  2. Can Colman actually earn his keep? I want to like Cristian Colman. I really do. But the lack of production that we got out of him in 2017 was really frustrating to watch when you consider how much the club spent to get him in the first place. A player like this should be improving from game-to-game but towards the back end of the season we rarely got good minutes out of him (just 300 total minutes from the start of August on). 2018 is certainly a make or break year for him.
  3. Will Colman continue to be a DP? At 23, Colman is on the last stages of being a Young DP in this league, which means the club has a lot of decisions to make this offseason with regards to his status. They did pay a hefty transfer to get him, which usually results in a player retaining a DP tag for a period of time. We could see them pay it down with that new TAM though.
  4. Will we see any quality minutes out of our two HGPs? I knew going into 2017 that Bryan Reynolds would likely not see the field for FCD due to all the national team and FCD academy minutes he was going to pick up. That was fine really as he got probably far better experience than his teammate and fellow HGP Jesus Ferreira. 2018 is certainly a year that we need to see both of these guys on the field for FCD. If they are truly the future, then their minutes need to show for it.
  5. What else will come in this offseason? My gut still tells me that this group isn’t even close to being complete for next season. Maybe one big splash in the transfer market, or maybe one more Clavijo Special in the midseason. Either way, I’m not sold that this is going to be the forwards group in 2018.

The money

Cristian Colman $385,000 ^

Jesus Ferreria $53,000 #

Bryan Reynolds $55,000 #

Maximilliano Urruti $560,000

Total against cap: $760,000

Total for everything: $3,266,500

^ Young DP, only $200,000 counted against the cap

# Homegrown Player (also Supplemental roster player), does not count against cap

The money moving forward

We know Urruti got a raise over the summer and it was reflected in his total compensation seen above. Both HGPs will see a slight increase in wage but they’ll both still be kept off the salary cap due to their roster status.

The big question for me is on Colman. Will the club continue to retain him as a DP? Given the fee they spent to get him here, most likely the answer is yes. I know that may frustrate a lot of you, but that is how things tend to work in this league. Hell, Fabian Castillo was a DP on and off due to how the club bought him years ago.

Wants and needs for 2018

Like I’ve mentioned above, there is a lot still to do with this group. I’m not totally convinced that Urruti will even be here in 2018 too, which could mean the team will have to fun yet again for another striker. Colman wasn’t the #9 that we wanted for 2017 but if he can up his game that may fill that void. If not, the team will still be on the hunt for yet another striker this offseason to fill that gap.

Final thoughts and figures

The money in this area doesn’t shock me one bit given the amount of HGPs and how things are structured. Colman’s status as a DP is an intriguing aspect to this offseason. The same goes for whether or not Urruti stays.

Looking back on the entire series for a moment, the team does have a lot of money to work with this offseason to fill the gaps that they cut a few weeks ago. Just in general cap space alone, they should have around a $1 million to work with, that is before some of the new TAM to consider and any general allocation money that they’ve picked up along the way.

I do think it is safe to say that this is a make or break type offseason for Fernando Clavijo. We’ll look at diving into that thought at another time though.

What do you make of the forwards right now on the roster? Think that the team can finally get some guys in that will score 15-20 goals next year?