MLS announced on Friday the lists of players eligible for End-of-Year Waivers, Free Agency, and Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Process. As the offseason moves on for FC Dallas, they only have a couple of open roster slots available (though we totally believe that will change before January with loans and potential player sales).
As the league released who was all available in those three processes, here are a few guys that FCD could look at this winter to help fill out their roster for next season.
Note: I fully expect them to skip out altogether on the Waiver draft next week.
Mikey Ambrose (eligible through Re-Entry Draft)
While defense isn’t an immediate need for FC Dallas this offseason, bringing home a former academy player wouldn’t be a bad idea for Luchi Gonzalez. Ambrose can provide some depth on the defensive wings should Reggie Cannon end up getting sold this offseason. While it may be time to see what John Nelson or Bryan Reynolds can do as backups, Ambrose does bring some solid MLS experience at a decent price ($72,351.60 total compensation in 2019).
Dillon Powers (eligible through Re-Entry Draft)
LIke Ambrose, Powers is another local guy that would be great to get back in Dallas. His price tag isn’t terrible ($200k in total compensation in 2019) and he could be good midfield depth to help compete with Edwin Carrillo, Brandon Servania and others.
Kelyn Rowe (eligible through free agency)
Rowe has always been one of those players in my mind that is just the right coach or system from being a pretty damn good player in MLS. While he may compete with Paxton Pomykal or Jesus Ferreira, he does have solid experience on the wings too.
His price tag might be a little much for some ($326,399.96 total compensation in 2019) but would you take him over Dominique Badji on the wings? My gut tells me yes. What about over Santiago Mosquera? He’s an intriguing option to think about.
Justin Meram (eligible through free agency)
Meram kind of falls in the same line as Rowe for me. His experience on the international level and in MLS is something to look at here. But the trouble for Meram coming here could come down to his price tag ($678,754.00 total compensation in 2019).
But here is the thing, he scored four goals in 2019 but he’s only a couple of seasons removed from a 13 goals, seven assists year in 2017 with the Crew. He’d be an instant upgrade over Badji or Mosquera and he wouldn’t require a long acclimation period to MLS like a foreign signing would need to deal with.
Rodney Wallace (eligible through free agency)
Just like the two above him here on this list, Wallace is another winger that could do really well in Luchi Gonzalez’s system. He’s the type of player that could also slot into the defense on the wings in spot situations, something you know FCD loves to have available to them in a pinch. The only major gamble with Wallace is that he is coming off a long-term hip injury that required surgery in 2019.