Updated: Jan 3
2020 is finally over and with it, the 25th season of MLS. FC Dallas ended their season in a quarterfinal game against the Seattle Sounders in early December, in a close game ending 1-0. Coach Luchi Gonzalez did not get the home playoff game he wanted but Dallas was able to go one game further than they had in 2019, showing more improvement under Luchi.
Shortly after the loss, the front office began to make their offseason moves. So far FC Dallas has decided to decline the contract options of Francis Atuahene, Santiago Mosquera, and Callum Montgomery. They traded the MLS rights to Montgomery to Minnesota United for a fourth round pick in the 2022 Superdraft and possible allocation money if he meets certain performance criteria. The loss of Mosquera opens up another DP slot for Dallas.
Other changes to the roster include, the loss of captain Reto Zieger, who is now out of contract and will be eligible for the Re-Entry draft per FC Dallas’ official website. Fafa Picault was traded to rival Houston Dynamo for allocation money and GAM that can be used in 2022. Bressan was signed to a new, one year contract and the loan of Phelipe Megiolaro was extended until the end of 2021.
Up and coming rightback, Bryan Reynolds has been the subject to several transfer rumors with Juventus and AS Roma being at the front of these rumors. Reynolds, aged 19, did not get constant minutes with Dallas until mid 2020, after Reggie Cannon’s transfer to Boavista. Reynolds’ play in games immediately earned him notice and praise.
Should Reynolds leave Dallas in the Winter Window, there are three possible replacements for him already on the roster. Veteran player, Ryan Hollingshead could move from his leftback spot to the right, giving Johnny Nelson a starting spot on the left. Unfortunately, while Nelson is a great up and coming defender, he does not add the attacking spark that Hollingshead can, thus leaving the left side with a lack of attacking creativity. The two other options for that spot are Homegrown player Eddie Munjoma or former Superdraft pick Ema Twumasi. Neither players have had much playing time, Twumasi did find himself helping the team during the playoffs, but did not get constant minutes during the season for the first team. Dallas could bring in rightback during the Winter Window but it is unlikely.
So far the front office has added defender Jose Antonio Martinez and winger Jader Obrian to help strengthen the roster. Martinez came from Spanish club SD Eiber, where he spent most of his time on loan to second division team, Granada. At this moment, it is believed that Martinez will be pushing Bressan for the starting left centerback spot and partnering with Matt Hedges.
Jader Obrian was playing for Colombian club Aguilas Doradas, scoring 27 goals in 68 games. It is currently unknown if Obrian will be pushing Michael Barrios for the starting right winger spot or going for the left winger position.
The two additions have already strengthened the roster on paper, until preseason though, it will be hard to judge how this team will do in 2021. In 2020, the delay from Covid affect the team’s performance and mentality, the further the season went along though, the more organized the team looked, though the attack was certainly the weakest point. It is possible that should Reynolds get transferred, they could use the money to get another forward to push current starting forward, Franco Jara, who ended the season with 7 goals in 19 appearances.
Now that the transfer market has reopen, Dallas could still see more changes to the roster. They have very active so far and should Reynolds get transferred that fee could help Dallas land a big name, DP signing who could help the team get a trophy, whether that’s a US Open Cup or MLS Cup.
By Melanie G. Isbell