Update: Now official.
It looks like the Jesse Gonzalez era with FC Dallas is officially coming to an end.
The Athletic is reporting on Thursday that Major League Soccer has terminated his contract. Gonzalez will be eligible to sign for a team outside MLS as a free agent.
All of this comes on the heels of a suspension earlier this summer after a report to the Frisco Police Department alleging incidents of domestic abuse. MLS announced it would conduct an independent investigation into the incident and the Dallas homegrown proactively entered the league’s substance abuse and behavioral health program. Ultimately that process ended in a decision to terminate Gonzalez’s contract.
The 25-year-old started 101 regular season games for FC Dallas since 2015, including 32 games in 2019. Back in January, Gonzalez was one of several players to receive a contract extension that would see him signed through the 2023 season.
Both FC Dallas and MLS have yet to make this news official but the writing had been on the wall for a few weeks that this was a possibility. Last month FC Dallas added a third keeper to their roster ahead of the MLS is Back tournament, by promoting Carlos Avilez to the roster from North Texas SC.
The bigger question in my mind is, how does this affect things like the club’s salary cap? I would assume that since the league is doing the terminating (and not the club) that they’ll recoup that cap space either right away or as early as next year. There isn’t a super big history of the league terminating a players contract and what it does to a club’s salary cap. It is something we’ll try to track down as this story unfolds.
What do you make of this news?