The busy MLS offseason is coming to a close here in the next couple of weeks, all starting with the annual college SuperDraft. Like most recent years, the SuperDraft has lost a little bit of it’s old luster as teams focus more on developing talent through their academy systems.
So what should FC Dallas do in this draft? There are really some simple options that should play out nicely more for their USL1 side North Texas Soccer Club than what they’ll need in MLS.
Target the GAs if possible
With two top ten picks, FC Dallas has an opportunity to grab the best two players available in 4th and 10th positions. If you gander at the current roster, there isn’t a true “need” right now that has to be filled for the starting XI. Instead, there are spots like right and left back that could use some depth, maybe another winger or central midfielder. Hell, even another goalkeeper isn’t the worst idea.
I know in years past, landing a Generation adidas player meant you were likely getting a potential starter. That really isn’t the case anymore as those are still players that need some fine tuning but they still come as a nice salary cap relief. Dallas has always been pretty smart in the SuperDraft in landing players with value like a GA.
Trade for allocation
If you could stock up on allocation by trading one or both picks to move down, then do it. There really isn’t any shame in collecting allocation money through the draft when you can. We’ve seen teams do it in the past, including FC Dallas.
Based on some history in the draft, the 4th pick could get FC Dallas somewhere in the ballpark of $200k, the 10th pick could net close to $100k. With the international transfer window currently open, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to use those two picks to attempt to add a bigger piece to the roster (Bryan Acosta anyone?).
Stock pile for NTSC
Right now the talk is looking towards the future with this franchise and that is definitely true with the new USL1 side. NTSC needs bodies and this draft is a perfect way to achieve that. More than likely anyone draft by FC Dallas will end up with the USL side, even if it is for a short stay.