One of the unsung heroes of the midfield for the last few years has been Carlos Gruezo. The 23-year old young man from Ecuador (I still find this incredibly hard to believe) has been tidy in his ability to shutdown the center of the park with hustle and timely passing. His presence really helped solidify central midfield over the course of these last few seasons.
Gruezo made 31 appearances for FC Dallas this year scoring two goals and assisting on one other. He collected eight yellow cards this season (earning him a one-game suspension at a point in time), but did not see red once this year which is definitely a sign of maturity in his game. Gruezo also had 1.8 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game. He was always due for a timely step in the back to help clean things up for FCD. Not very glamorous work, but Carlos also had an 87% passing success rate which helped keep the ball moving at a high rate. Overall, a very solid season for the bulldog.
Game That Best Sums Up Gruezo
This is the hustle that we have come to expect from #7 in the middle of the park. A wonderfully worked team goal that may have been going in, but he helped start the sequence and ran his tail off to make sure it was going to be in the back of the net.
Is he gone? Rumblings on Twitter have linked Carlos Gruezo to Xolos as one of the players Papi may take with him to Mexico. The move would make sense for someone wanting to continue to get back into groove for the Ecuadoran national team. At 23, he is still developing his game and can continue to do so in a different league after his three year tilt with FC Dallas. It would potentially open up a spot in the rotation for Brandon Servania as well. This is one to keep an eye out for in the coming weeks.