The MLS offseason is off and running here. Teams have all revealed their end-of-year roster moves and now we are left to sort through who is available through free agency, waivers and the Re-Entry process.
Today we’ll focus on the potential free agents out there that FC Dallas could target this winter. Normally FC Dallas tends to go the Homegrown route, which I’m sure we’ll see at least one or two more HGPs to sign before the beginning of the 2021 season. But with a few open roster slots this winter, Luchi Gonzalez and company could use free agency to add some MLS-ready talent.
Here is a quick primer on free agency and how it works in MLS:
Free Agency also will open on Dec. 16 for players who are at least age 24 with at least five MLS service years and either option-declined or out-of-contract. Free Agents can negotiate a new contract with any MLS club, including their previous team, subject to certain restrictions. There is no limit on the number of Free Agents a team may sign each year. Free Agents may participate in the Re-Entry Process.
Here are the five players that I would like to see FC Dallas target through this mechanism. See the full list here.
Fatai Alashe (Columbus Crew SC)
When Columbus revealed their end-of-year moves following their MLS Cup win over Seattle, Alashe was probably one of the first names that jumped out at me as being available this winter. The 27-year old was brought to Columbus mid-way through the year from FC Cincinnati and saw some decent minutes in eight games with the Crew.
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
Does FC Dallas actually need an aging defender? Probably not. But do they need another proven leader on the defense? Honestly, I would take a flyer on Besler for that reason alone. He may not be as quick as he once was but as a depth piece in the back or even a guy that can help tutor some of these young players across the backline wouldn’t be a bad idea in my book.
Kevin Molino (Minnesota United)
File this one in the ‘would be a lot of fun’ category. In 67 games with the Loons, Molino got 11 goals to his name. He’s got a green card, which helps with the roster status. After a few years with Adrian Heath in Minnesota and Orlando before that, I think Molino would do well in a system like what Luchi is trying to build. Again, he’s another veteran guy at this point in his career that could help push some of these younger guys on the roster.
Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution)
I have to keep reminding myself that this guy is still only 25-years old. But after almost a decade with New England, he needs a change of scenery. Not to mention he reportedly turned down an offer to return in 2021 due to what he felt like was a lowball offer. He feels like a guy Luchi could unlock and really let loose in this attack too.
Chris Wondowloski (San Jose Earthquakes)
This is also under a ‘would be fun’ and a “why the hell not” kind of category for me. Does FC Dallas really need another 35+-year old striker? No. But they could certainly use a guy that knows a thing or two...or 166 things about scoring in this league. Even if it is for just a single season, it may be fun to have this kind of player come off the bench late and just poach goals off crosses by Andres Ricarute or Paxton Pomykal.
Three more in the honorable mention file include Lee Nguyen (he has to retire here, right?), Christ Seitz (we miss ya Chris, come back!), and Brek Shea (again, because why the hell not?).
Anyone else in free agency you want to see brought to Dallas in 2021? Let us know below.