Now that the roster cuts are out of the way for FC Dallas it is time to bring back an old offseason series that we do around here. 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 $4.035 million. So for our purposes in this series, we will use a baseline cap of $4.2 million as the cap is expected that mark by 2019.
MLS teams as most of you know can buy down a players salary with allocation, either of the general or targeted variety. Those Garber Bucks as some like to call it help bring a players salary cap hit down. In recent years, FC Dallas has received some extra allocation for either earning a spot in the CCL or by not reaching the post season. This year, they will have to be crafty in getting more through trades.
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 three return
After the news of yesterday’s roster updates, FC Dallas is doing something that they rarely do, re-sign or extend contract options on three keepers.
For some of us, we’d like to see Jesse Gonzalez find some new scenery. For others, he’s still the best option in goal. Really it is going to come down to the new manager and who he prefers in goal between Gonzalez and Jimmy Maurer.
As for Kyle Zobeck, I wouldn’t be shocked if he got a good run in the USL next season.
Here is what our guys made against the cap in 2018:
Jesse Gonzalez - $211,500
Jimmy Maurer - $122,500
Kyle Zobeck - $67,500
Money moving forward
We know raises are part of the picture here. To put this number in perspective, teams like Atlanta and New York are spending anywhere between $600k and $800k for their group of keepers. To me, that has always been the sweet spot in this league for goalkeeper spending. Not too much (like Colorado spending $2 million on Tim Howard), but not little enough that you are throwing a cheap rookie out there each week.
Final figures and thoughts
While I wouldn’t have minded seeing a change in this area with a the new manager and 2019 but I do appreciate FC Dallas keeping the core again here in this department. Both Maurer and Gonzalez have their pluses and minuses here, we can debate that until the New Year rings in, but consistency in this area can be a key in this league. And FC Dallas is bringing back most of their defense that was pretty stout for a period in 2018 too, that is the kind of consistency I like seeing.
What do you make of the current state in goal? Happy to see that FCD isn’t over spending on keepers these days?