FC Dallas has exercised contract options on six players, while 18 players are already under contract for the 2021 season, the club announced today.
Out of the 24 players returning for the 2021 season, 14 players are 25 years old or younger, including 11 FC Dallas Academy Products.
The club exercised contract options for goalkeepers Jimmy Maurer and Kyle Zobeck, defender Nkosi Burgess, and midfielders Michael Barrios, Brandon Servania and Ema Twumasi.
Players currently under contract for the 2021 season include defenders Justin Che, Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead, Eddie Munjoma, Johnny Nelson and Bryan Reynolds; midfielders Bryan Acosta, Edwin Cerrillo, Paxton Pomykal, Andrés Ricaurte, Thomas Roberts, Thiago Santos and Tanner Tessmann; as well as forwards Jesús Ferreira, Franco Jara, Ricardo Pepi, Fafa Picault and Dante Sealy.
FC Dallas has declined contract options for defender Callum Montgomery and midfielders Francis Atuahene and Santiago Mosquera. The club is currently in negotiations with goalkeeper Phelipe Megiolaro and defender Bressan about their futures with FC Dallas. Defender Reto Ziegler is out of contract and will be available through Free Agency.
Quick thoughts on all of this:
Ditching midfielders: We knew that Atuahene was not in Luchi Gonzalez’s plan as he failed to see the field at all down the stretch once returning from his season loan to San Diego in the USL-C. Mosquera being let go is a smart move considering his time spent injured over the last couple of seasons. That also opens up a Designated Player slot for 2021.
Defensive questions: It will be intriguing to see if both Bressan and Phelipe get brought back for 2021. It will be pretty expensive to bring the young keeper back while Bressan might be a good option to have now that we know Montgomery isn’t returning. Either way, that defensive group will need retooling a bit to provide some cover for Matt Hedges.
Jimmy’s option: I really hope Maurer got a solid raise with this option pick up after the season he had in 2020.
Jara and Ricaurte: It shouldn’t be too bit of a shock to see both of them retained for 2021. There is still a full season that FCD has on Ricaurte’s loan, while hopefully they’ll find a way to pay down Jara’s DP deal.
2021 FC Dallas roster (as of Dec. 7, 2020)
Goalkeepers (2): Jimmy Maurer, Kyle Zobeck
Defenders (7): Nkosi Burgess, Justin Che, Matt Hedges, Ryan Hollingshead, Eddie Munjoma, Johnny Nelson, Bryan Reynolds
Midfielders (10): Bryan Acosta, Michael Barrios, Edwin Cerrillo, Paxton Pomykal, Andrés Ricaurte, Thomas Roberts, Thiago Santos, Brandon Servania, Tanner Tessmann, Ema Twumasi
Forwards (5): Jesús Ferreira, Franco Jara, Ricardo Pepi, Fafa Picault, Dante Sealy