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FC Dallas announces roster moves ahead of 2020 season

Right now 27 players are under contract.

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As FC Dallas moves further into their offseason, they have announced their end of year roster plans ahead of the 2020 season. FC Dallas has exercised contract options on 10 players and has declined the options on three others for the 2020 season, the club announced today. FC Dallas currently has 17 players under contract for the next season, bringing the total roster count to 27 players.

Yeah 27 players on the roster right now for next year, meaning we could end up seeing very little turnover this offseason (yeah I know it is still super early).

FC Dallas has exercised the 2020 contract options on Dominique Badji, Michael Barrios, Reggie Cannon, Jesús Ferreira, Jacori Hayes, Matt Hedges, Jimmy Maurer, Callum Montgomery, Bryan Reynolds and Kyle Zobeck.

The 2020 contract options for Cristian Colmán, Edwin Gyasi and Moises Hernandez were not exercised. Additionally, midfielder Eric Alexander is out of contract.

The 17 FC Dallas players currently under contract for the 2020 season: Bryan Acosta, Pablo Aránguiz, Francis Atuahene, Bressan, Edwin Cerrillo, Jesse Gonzalez, Ryan Hollingshead, Santiago Mosquera, Johnny Nelson, Zdenek Ondrasek, Ricardo Pepi, Paxton Pomykal, Thomas Roberts, Dante Sealy, Brandon Servania, Ema Twumasi, and Reto Ziegler.

What else could actually change?

Again, like we mentioned last week those on loan right now (Aranguiz, Twumasi and Atuahene) could still be on the move for next year. I still also think we could see a couple of trades or moves along the way this winter with two more expansion clubs coming into the mix. You can’t tell me that a Nashville wouldn’t want someone like Hayes or Maurer as an option in year one.

About those extended

For one thing, I hope to God that the club is getting close for a new deal with Reggie Cannon. I’m glad there is at least an extension to get him to 2020, but a new deal has to be on the way. Same could easily be said for Jesus Ferreira.

I do find it interesting to see guys like Maurer, Montgomery and Zobeck get another run. I’d imagine we’ll see Zobeck get sent back to North Texas SC again in 2020, which isn’t a bad landing place for him. It does make me think the same could be true for Montgomery early on but we can certainly speculate that more this winter.

Is bringing back Badji a shocker? Maybe. I know some of you will be disappointed in that.

About those three not picked up

I’m not including Alexander in this thought since he was just a rental for the playoff push. Colman, Gyasi and Hernandez were all expected to depart this offseason.

Gyasi, as we’ve noted on here several times, was never a good fit for Luchi Gonzalez’s system. That loan will save the club some money for next year for sure (he was a pricy player on a TAM deal that would have also cost the club around $500k to purchase outright this winter).

Colman was a bit of a surprise to be brought back for 2019 after having a couple of poor seasons with the club on a Designated Player deal. You do have to give the club credit for bringing him back while he was rehabbing his injured leg though.

Hernandez isn’t a shocker as well, considering he was loaned to San Antonio almost immediately after the preseason ended. It may be more shocking if he doesn’t fully land there next season with that USL Championship side.

Limited spots left

As far as we know, rosters aren’t expected to expand this winter, even with a new CBA potentially on the way. So with three open roster slots right now, it feels like the club could use one of those spots for a North Texas SC guy, maybe one for a draft pick, and one for a heftier transfer in this winter.

We’ll probably have some fun debates about what this all means in the coming weeks on this site but for now, there isn’t a ton of room for additions this offseason. And really, I’m kind of okay with that when you consider this team was a Stefan Frei save away from advancing to the Western Conference semifinals.