I think if you polled FC Dallas fans this offseason as to which player you’d least expect to depart this winter, a good chunk of people would have likely said goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez.
But a new report by Paul Tenorio and Sam Stejskal from The Atlantic suggests otherwise as they are reporting that he is now drawing interest from Liga MX sides, including Cruz Azul.
The homegrown goalkeeper was the subject of negotiations with a French team for a transfer in the summer window, but the deal fell apart, the source said. The Mexican-American, who made a one-time switch from Mexico the U.S. federation in 2017, is now drawing interest from Liga MX sides, including Cruz Azul.
This comes on the heels of the club looking to retain a lot of their young stars like Paxton Pomykal and Jesus Ferreira too. Losing Gonzalez would be a pretty hefty blow to the club that looks to continue to progress under manager Luchi Gonzalez in 2020. I would argue that Gonzalez progressed more than most did under Luchi in 2019.
There is a bit of a silver lining though as Jimmy Maurer is a more than capable starter and the club does have some academy guys further down the depth charts with guys like Furman’s Ben Hale as a possibility too.
Gonzalez started 32 games for Dallas last season, and has 99 career starts for his hometown club. He had a 1.31 goals against average last season.