FC Dallas – MLS Team Preview 2019

FC Dallas - MLS Team Preview 2019

FC Dallas - MLS Team Preview 2019

The 6th overall team and 4th in the Western Conference, FC Dallas has gone through a lot of changes in the offseason. With the departure of one of the best coaches in MLS; Oscar Pareja, Dallas roster and coaching staff were overhauled in a matter of weeks. With all the changes comes new breeze of hope and goals for the next season. With high optimism of their new head coach, Luchi Gonzalez he is only adding oil to the “fire of optimism”.

 

Head Coach: Luchi Gonzalez

Former American soccer player and academy director of FC Dallas from 2012 until 2018, Luchi Gonzalez has been appointed as the head coach of “new” FC Dallas. This will be the first time he will play the role of a head coach, which is an interesting move for Dallas, however, they seem to trust Luchi Gonzalez to do his job the way they want.

 

Transfers

DateNameMoving fromMoving toMode of Transfer
December 11, 2018 Roland LamahFC DallasFC CincinnatiExpansion Draft
December 12, 2018 Víctor UlloaFC DallasFC CincinnatiTrade
January 5, 2019 Chris RichardsFC Dallas Bayern MunichTransfer
January 30, 2019 Maynor FigueroaFC DallasHouston DynamoFree
December 9, 2018 UrrutiFC DallasMontreal ImpactTrade
December 9, 2018 Tesho AkindeleFC DallasOrlando CityTrade
January 11, 2019 John Nelson North Carolina Tar HeelsFC DallasSuperDraft
February 14, 2019 Edwin Cerrillo FC Dallas AcademyFC DallasHomegrown player
January 8, 2019 Bryan Acosta TenerifeFC DallasTransfer
December 18, 2018 Zdeněk Ondrášek Wisła KrakówFC DallasTransfer
December 21, 2018 Bressan GrêmioFC DallasTransfer

 

Expectations for the 2019 season

After the rebuilding which happened without any problems, Dallas are optimistic before heading into the new season. They have made the playoffs in 4 out of 5 seasons under Oscar Pareja, which set the bar for Luchi Gonzalez. This ultimately means the fans will expect Dallas to compete and at least reach the same result as in recent years, but who are we fooling here? They’ve lost their head coach and best scorers from last season. While it’s possible it will be god damn hard to repeat last season. What I see in Dallas is a team that is in a rebuilding phase, which is not all that bad. This will give an opportunity for a lot of their young players to come in and show their worth. As for how good will Dallas perform… they won’t be bad per se, but still I am split. While I still expect them to finish in the playoffs, they just might have enough quality remaining to finish higher. But I would not bet my money on that.