There’s a very solemn feeling around these parts over the past few days. Following the departure of club legend and the heart of FC Dallas, Oscar Pareja, little did we know that it also signaled the end of many beloved players too. We knew a change was coming, but hardly any of us expected things to move so quickly and with this much emotion.
Mauro Diaz and Kellyn Acosta were the first to be moved during the summer transfer window; a shock to some given they were both considered to be the future and the face of the franchise. A talented league MVP caliber #10, and a homegrown that had his sights on being a USMNT regular. In a span of weeks, both were gone and the markers of the beginning of the end.
After a disappointing playoff run, Oscar Pareja’s 20 year tenure with FC Dallas in some form or fashion ended too, as he went to Club Tijuana for a new challenge. After that, the floodgates opened, for better and for worse.
Maxi Urruti and Tesho Akindele traded on Sunday to Montreal and Orlando (let that sink in, that wasn’t even a week ago), and now today, Victor Ulloa has also been traded to Cincinnati.
If it feels like there’s nobody left, it’s kind of true. I made an Avengers joke about how much things have changed since the historic 2016 season where FC Dallas captured a double (winning the Supporter’s Shield and Open Cup).
Here are the starting lineups from that historic double season (first is the Open Cup and then the Shield) for #FCDallas in 2016 and who's remaining. It's starting to look like Thanos came through Frisco. pic.twitter.com/E7v8ezWzNF— Jason Poon (@jasonhpoon) December 9, 2018
Dallas only has 23 players left on their roster. And while that sounds like a lot, 10 of them made a combined 16 appearances for FCD in 2018 - Aranguiz, Pomykal accounted for 15 of those 16 appearances.
And it’s not like the old guard have been around that look either. Take a look at this:
After Ulloa's trade, here's who's left and how many times they've appeared for #FCDallas (field players only):— Jason Poon (@jasonhpoon) December 12, 2018
Hedges - 210
Barrios - 126
Hollingshead - 109
Gruezo - 89
Colman - 41
Cannon - 34
Hernandez - 31
Mosquera - 29
Ziegler - 29
Hayes - 19
For some context Reggie Cannon, who really has one full season of games under his belt is sixth (!) on this list.
With Papi gone, it signaled an opportunity to clear house and get some fresh faces onto the team. Some players were probably going to need to a fresh start like Tesho and Maxi, but it also meant some fan favorites like Vic, who would also be caught in the fire sale here.
We had heard Dallas would be very busy in the coming days to retool their roster, and we think more moves are coming as Dallas hits the reset button to usher in a new era under
Luchi Gonzalez their new head coach. Either way, this will be a very different looking FC Dallas team that will take the field for 2019.