FC Dallas making space for new arrivals? "We are moving this week on something," says Oscar Pareja
FRISCO, Texas – On Tuesday, FC Dallas traded away Andrew Jacobson, a veteran midfielder who had been given the captain’s armband before the season. One day later, the team officially made another move when it placed Honduran midfielder Hendry Thomas on the Season Ending Injury List.
That will allow FC Dallas to replace Thomas on the roster, although they are still liable for his salary.
Head coach Oscar Pareja discussed some of the possibilities made available by those moves and noted that things could happen quickly.
“The amount of injuries and some unexpected things that happened during the year, that forced us to make some moves,” Pareja told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. “We are moving this week on something, and hopefully we can bring some help for the last push.”
One set of limiting factors are the various deadlines, including the FIFA transfer window (Aug. 6) and the MLS trade deadline (Sept. 15).
“The transfer line is a fact, but you have to think as well that there are some players that are free agents or players within MLS, so there are different scenarios,” Pareja said.
The sale of goalkeeper Richard Sanchez to Tigres UANL of Liga MX, meanwhile, is still being held back so that Sanchez can provide cover until veteran goalkeeper Chris Seitz is able to return. With the Liga MX transfer window closing Sept. 5, there is some pressure there, but only if Seitz is not ready to return before the window closes.
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“Chris is still a couple of weeks away, but he is coming along,” Pareja said. “We have Richard right now as we need him. If we need to rush because of the window, we will, but I don’t think that’s the scenario. Our technical directors and our front office is coordinating with [Tigres]. I just know that we have a great scenario with this partnership, and I’m not too worried about it.”
The transfer of Sanchez would give FC Dallas three roster spots, transfer money, salary cap room an international slot and the No. 2 rank in the MLS Allocation Order.