With the MLS Season kicking off this weekend against the Los Angeles Galaxy, FC Dallas will be heading into the year with a few questions about their current roster.
A huge standing question that remains is whether or not Oscar Pareja and company will toss around the cash in order to find a third-string keeper.However, a more important thought revolves around the club’s youth. With FC Dallas heavily importing from their academy system this season, they have found themselves signing a slew of youngsters who have little to no game time playing professional soccer – few have played college and others “closed-door friendlies.”
So where do these players earn game time before playing under the bright lights at Toyota Stadium?
That answer is easy. Look no further than FC Dallas’ USL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Energy FC.
After seeing the success that the young products found under Jimmy Nielsen, it is safe to say that Dallas will send another cast of players up north to Oklahoma City. The Energy were able to get the best out of Homegrown Product Coy Craft and former SuperDraft picks Timo Pitter and Colin Bonner. So why not continue the trend?
With this all being said, who should FC Dallas loan to the Oklahoma City? Here is a list of a few candidates who fit the bill:
- Paxton Pomykal
The most experienced out of all the recent Homegrown signings, Paxton Pomykal could be the only potential midfielder to join OKC Energy FC this year. Only at the young age of 17-years-old, Pomykal has yet to make a professional debut but has made multiple appearances for the United States at the youth level. A move away to Oklahoma City can surely ripen the young pro.
- Jesus Ferreira & Bryan Reynolds
The youngest of Dallas’ recent Homegrown Products, Jesus Ferreira, 16, and Bryan Reynolds, 15, could see themselves loaned away to OKC. The young attackers individually shined in the preseason but both have a way to go before earning a starting spot. After the Energy FC’s brutal offensive season in 2016, they could use all the help they can get.
There is doubt to this idea. Both Ferreira and Reynolds are extremely young and most likely finishing out their schooling in the DFW area. This would most likely block any loan moves away from the area.
- Aaron Guillen, Walker Hume, & Reggie Cannon
Although FC Dallas’ defensive depth this year is minimal, it still could be wise to send one of their three newest defenders up the road. Reggie Cannon, 18, is a young right back who won back-to-back national Championships with the FC Dallas Academy before joining UCLA last year. While in California, the Grapevine native made 20 appearances for the Bruins, earning a spot in the Freshman Best XI Team on Top Drawer Soccer.
Another Homegrown defender, Aaron Guillen made his professional debut with FC Dallas against the OKC Energy last year in the US Open Cup. The most experienced on the list, Guillen still has a raw knack to his game that hopefully can be refined. This means, if Pareja wishes for him to develop to his system, he will retain Guillen for the season and put him under his wing. If Guillen is loaned out, it could mean the end of his FC Dallas career.
Walker Hume would be my ideal pick to travel to Oklahoma City. The 23-year-old defender joined Dallas in the recent SuperDraft after enjoying an impressive four years at the University of North Carolina. In the recent preseason, Hume played 195 minutes and scored a game-winning goal against River Plate Reserves.
Who do you think will be loaned to OKC? Will it be a Homegrown Product or a SuperDraft pick? Did I leave someone off the list? Comment below so we can discuss this topic further!