While FC Dallas’ season on the field might be over, there is plenty to look forward to, the most being, of course, next season!
Let’s be honest, the offseason sucks. Even though transfer talk serves as an avenue through which fans can argue with each other for hours and daydream over Lionel Messi coming to their team (sorry, it’s not gonna happen), it is nothing like the beautiful game on the pitch.
Consequentially, we are left to ponder next season with anticipation, hopeful optimism, and a burning desire for that opening round of games. With all this being said, let’s kickstart the offseason with a bold prediction.
Next season, FC Dallas will be better than they were this year.
Okay…maybe not so bold, but the future for FCD looks promising for three key reasons.
Number One: Youth
There is no doubt that this FCD team has a lot of young talent. For instance, the following players on the active roster are all 24 or younger: Kellyn Acosta, Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz, Andres Escobar, Matt Hedges, David Texeira, and, of course, 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year, Tesho Akindele.
If that sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. Dallas is the fourth youngest team in the MLS, and considering they finished fourth in the conference this year, that youth looks rather promising.
The list above doesn’t even include a host of other fringe players under 24 that could be on the verge of a breakout year. But that list alone shows just how young and incredibly talented this FCD team really is.
Number Two: Youth
Okay, I know I said there were three reasons, but youth just seems twice as important as anything else. Look at that list again. Many of Dallas’ key players are still getting better.
If Oscar Pareja can keep this team together (which could be difficult, considering the expansion draft happening this offseason), the development of those young players will accompany the continued development of this team’s attacking and defensive identity.
If Castillo and Escobar learn to couple their incredible attacking runs with strong and cohesive team play, if Mauro Diaz can continue to add strength and discipline to his playmaking abilities, if Tesho chooses to play his national team football for the Land of Apple Pie and Baseball….sorry, Canada.
You get the point. This team is getting better and better as its players are getting better and better. Two better and betters make for a pretty good prognosis.
Number Three: Youth
Okay. I’ve been lying the whole time. I never had three reasons, only one really good reason I think FC Dallas is going to be a much better team than they were this year.
When you have a young team, you struggle with many things that older teams don’t experience. Just look at what the San Antonio Spurs have done for what seems like the past 349 years. Every year, they are written off in the preseason because they are too old, only to then have the best record in the NBA and win the title. Key word here: chemistry.
If the youngsters of FCD can build chemistry over the offseason, this team could be scary. The talent is there. The effective head coach is there. With that being said, I just don’t see how this team could get any worse, hence the “bold” prediction. FC Dallas will win more games and finish higher in the Western Conference standings than they did this year.
If you must hear something bold, I wouldn’t be shocked by a second place finish and a berth into the Conference Finals.