5 Bold Predictions for FC Dallas’ 2014 MLS Season
FC Dallas: 5 Bold Predictions For The 2014 MLS Season
FC Dallas has had a season to forget in 2013 as the team finished eighth in the Western Conference, but in reality the club was only 13 points off the champions, Portland Timbers.
The team is attempting to put behind two mediocre seasons by hiring a new manager in former club player Oscar Pareja, whose immense passion for the team means that he might be a perfect fit. The third-year coach has brought in a string of changes, the best of which is the recording of training sessions -- an exciting practice which got the players buzzing with enthusiasm.
Team technical director Fernando Clavijo continues to look for players to strengthen the club after bringing in some key individuals with undeniable quality. One of them is Andres Escobar, a young and fast forward who has experience of playing in European leagues and is slated to impress with his aggressive approach to the game.
The team has also parted company with some key players such as the Brazilian Jackson, who was traded to Toronto FC, and the veteran 29-year-old striker Kenny Cooper, who could not come to an agreement with the management and will be entering the reentry process.
A period of transition with new arrivals should bode well for the club as they look to begin the new campaign afresh. Here are five optimistic predictions about FCD as another MLS season is about to kick off in March.
5. Best Goals-Scored Record In The League
Despite finishing only one spot from the bottom in the Western Conference last season, the team managed to score 48 goals. Escobar’s partnership with Fabian Castillo could allow the club to score the most number of goals in the league this season.
4. A Wild Card Berth For The Playoffs
The team did not qualify for the playoffs in the last two seasons, but the arrival of Pareja should inspire at least a wild card berth. The squad has reasonable depth in every spot to proceed deep if they do make it to the playoffs.
3. Blas Perez Will Score 20 Goals
Blas Perez’s intermittent absences due to national duty has hindered FCD’s performances in the last two seasons, but with the player set to play more games for the club this season, there is a chance of him hitting the 20-goal mark – a feat not yet achieved at FCD.
2. George John Will Feature In The All-Star Game
The 26-year-old defender has missed most of the preseason, but he is talented enough to lead the team’s defense. He could finally fulfill his potential by staying injury-free and making a case for the All-Star game.
1. Oscar Pareja’s First Season Ends With A Spot In The Top Three
Pareja has already influenced a couple of key acquisitions and introduced changes in training methods. His next objective would be to gain the complete trust of the players – not a difficult task considering his passion for the club.