Sam Stejskal with MLSsoccer.com is reporting that FC Dallas is looking to trade Maximiliano Urruti during tomorrow’s half-day transfer window to an undisclosed Eastern Conference team. Here are some potential destinations and what Dallas could be looking for in return.
The Union seem to make the most sense in terms of need. Their leading talisman was a midfielder in Fafa Picault and forward Cory Burke (10 goals each), but there was a sharp decline in goal production from their strikers with the next leading scorer being CJ Sapong with 4 goals.
The Union could use another forward to shore up their offense, and in return I realistically only see Philadelphia parting ways with either a draft pick and/or allocation.
The Impact have the most underrated and underappreciated player in Igancio Piatti. Piatti lit up the league with a very quiet 16 goals and 13 assists, but that’s about it. Piatti carried Montreal’s offense for the entire of 2018 and with very little help. In terms of need, Urruti to Montreal would make the most sense as Urruti’s runs and motor would certainly free up Piatti even more and create spaces for him.
Obviously, the prized player would be Piatti but I just can’t see Montreal parting with their marquee player without Dallas giving up key pieces. But Montreal has some players that would fit well in Dallas. I could see a trade happening where defender Victor Cabrera (25, Argentina), midfielder Jeisson Vargas (21, Chile), and/or defender Jukka Raitala (30, Finland) would make sense. Allocation money and potentially a draft pick would probably be involved too.
New England Revolution
The Revolution would suck for Urruti personally, but on paper the trade would make sense. The Revs have no striker depth behind Teal Bunbury (11 goals) with only Brian Wright as the other listed forward on the team.
Looking at the Revolution roster, if Dallas and the Revs would be trade partners it looks like New England will have nothing but draft picks and allocation money to offer.
Because it’s an Eastern Conference team, it just feels like Orlando is always somehow involved. Orlando’s a team that’s constantly in flux and in transition, so it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they were at least in the discussion.
I am considering that the teams could do a straight swap between Urruti and Dom Dwyer. I don’t think that’s likely, but it does seem to make sense. If not a straight swap, then perhaps Chris Mueller and allocation money for Urruti, though I’m not sure how much allocation Orlando has left to offer given they hand those out liberally like samples at Costco.
This would also suck for Urruti personally, but again, on paper this makes sense. Alan Gordon retired and Nemanja Nikolic needs help and a strike partner up top. Nikolic had a wonderful debut season, netting 24 goals in 2017 but saw that decline sharply to 15 in 2018. If that trend holds, Nikolic will need help so teams can’t solely focus on him and Urruti can provide some relief.
From Chicago, Raheem Edwards and potentially Mo Adams are the players that would make the most sense. Yes, the nostalgia of bringing back Dax McCarty is still strong. So would bringing Richard Sanchez back too but neither of those players would fit right now. But if Chicago aren’t willing to part with those players, then perhaps Dallas can pry a good draft pick or two out of their hands.