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2018 FC Dallas player recap: Kris Reaves

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What should we expect from the young defender next season?

MLS: FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas signed the athletic defender Kris Reaves, who was capable of playing anywhere on the back line after the 2017 season. He spent his college days between Wake Forest playing with Brandon Servania, Jacori Hayes, and Ema Twumasi and University of Portland for his final two seasons.

He was regarded as a raw talent with great athletic upside, but showed flashes of refinement in his game. He seemed to have a permanent home in the 18, until injuries derailed his season.

Basically, five years later and not much has changed.

Stat breakdown

Reaves started twice and appeared as a sub twice, earning himself 168 minutes. He made the 18 in 11 games (29% of games) and was on the injury report for 15 games.

Game that best sums up player

Reaves’ debut came as a center back, filling in for Reto Ziegler as a he served a suspension. Dallas beat Minnesota 1-0 away. While he was aggressive

Reaves’ defensive actions (tackles won- green, tackles lost- red, interceptions- blue, clearances won- purple, recoveries- orange)

and displayed a decent passing range.

Reaves’ passing chart

He still had some rookie moments like here when his footwork is lacking and he finds himself out of position to pick up a runner.

2019 Outlook

Reaves is a bubble player. Not quite ready for first team minutes, but still a very promising prospect the team should keep around. I expect him to split his time between the first team’s 18 and the USL team. Although, if Maynor Figueroa leaves, then that could open the door to first team minutes filling in at center back and left back as well as a permanent place in the 18 as a reserve defender.

At 23 (on 11/10, Happy Birthday!) he’s going to have to start improving fast if he wants to not get left behind by Dallas’ never-ending conveyor belt of youth prospects. Although, he does seem to have the inside track to first team minutes over Jordan Cano and his versatility is a great asset. He may not be Hedges’ replacement or future partner, but he’s a great piece to have around already and hopefully USL minutes can make him into a starting caliber defender.