I hated to see the season end just like any of you but I will also be the first to admit that I do usually enjoy the offseason around here. Between all the drafts (or processes now) in MLS, the roster updates constantly going out and, of course, the transfer rumors heating up, there is no shortage of stuff to talk about.
Now that FC Dallas is firmly in the offseason, there are some areas that they need to sort out fairly quick as the playoffs continue. There is no official word yet as of this writing when FC Dallas will reveal their roster edits for the 2020 season but you can imagine they’re not too far away. We’ll be sure to provide updates on that as soon as we get them.
Here are some things I would like to see get sorted out very soon though.
Lock up Reggie long term
After seeing Ryan Hollingshead and Paxton Pomykal earn new contracts for the 2020 season, the next player that has to get locked into a longer term deal is Reggie Cannon.
Saturday’s game showed us that Cannon has a lot to show us still with this team as he moves off his rookie deal and hopefully onto a more lucrative type contract similar to Pomykal. Currently, Cannon is one of the cheaper regular starters in all of MLS, earning just $80,250 in total compensation in 2019.
That number has to greatly improve and it absolutely will given the amount of national team duty that Cannon has picked up this year with the United States.
Sort out the loanees
For the last couple of months, FCD has had a quartet of players out on loan from Moises Hernandez in San Antonio, to Ema Twumasi and Francis Atuehene in Austin, to Pablo Aranguiz in Chile. Let’s not forget Dante Sealy who also spent a season-long loan with North Texas SC in the USL League One.
Really, the club needs to figure out if Aranguiz is coming back or if they can secure a transfer in January. Getting his number off the books and on to a player that wants to be here more will be key this offseason.
As for the other three in the USL Championship, do we really anticipate any of those three returning to Dallas in 2020 when you consider what the team could call in from NTSC? Yeah, I don’t think so either. Hernandez seems like a solid USL-C player at this point and he doesn’t really add anything over say a Callum Montgomery or John Nelson. Atuehene and Twumasi also feel like fringe MLS players that will likely be exiting their Generation adidas deals too. It was a good run for both but right now I can’t see either one starting for FCD in 2020, or even being strong bench players over what is currently there.
Lastly, on the other side of loans is Edwin Gyasi, a player brought in on loan this summer. I think it is safe to say that we believe he won’t be returning in 2020 either.
Make a decision on Colman
I know there were some folks out there that were hopeful that Cristian Colman could be a difference maker in the final third of the season for FCD after he returned from his injury. Unfortunately for him, injuries stayed there with him until the end of the year, which kept him out of being on the bench in Seattle.
Colman is one of those good locker room guys to have but is that really worth keeping around for another year when you have the likes of Zdenek Ondrasek finally making his mark in MLS?
Decide which North Texas SC players make the leap
I’m sure we’ll have a few more post dedicated to this along in the coming weeks but after seeing NTSC win their first USL League One trophy on Saturday, you can’t help but wonder who will get the call to the first team similar to what Ricardo Pepi got this past summer.
Right now, you could easily make the case for several players including Alfusainey Jatta (who is on loan right now), Brecc Evans (a potential HGP), League One finals MVP Arturo Rodriguez...and/or his brother David, and League One Golden Boot winner Ronaldo Damus.
I believe we could see two or three guys earn FCD deals this winter, some in the form of a HGP deal.