Ahead of the 2014 SuperDraft, MLSsoccer.com is breaking down each team's needs and potential draft targets. Here's a look at how Oscar Pareja and FC Dallas may be leaning:
FC Dallas will have just one SuperDraft pick to make on Thursday, January 16. But it's a big one: No. 5.
Will they go with a high-scoring forward or speed on the wings? If you're looking for clues from his days in Colorado, Pareja has made wingers Tony Cascio (No. 14) and Deshorn Brown (No. 6) high draft picks.
FC Dallas SuperDraft Picks: #5 (1st Rd), #43 (3rd Rd), #62 (4th Rd)
FC Dallas Depth Chart (28 players):
Goalkeepers (5): Raul Fernandez, Chris Seitz, Richard Sanchez, Jesse Gonzalez, Kyle Zobeck
Right Backs (3): Zach Loyd, Kellyn Acosta, London Woodberry
Left Backs (3): Jair Benitez, Michel, Moises Hernandez
Center Backs (4): Matt Hedges, George John, Stephen Keel, Walker Zimmerman
Right Midfielders (2): JeVaughn Watson, Ryan Hollingshead
Left Midfielders (2): Fabian Castillo, Danny Garcia
Central Midfielders (4): Andrew Jacobson, Peter Luccin, Adam Moffat, Bobby Warshaw
Attacking Midfielders (1): Mauro Diaz
Forwards (4): Eric Hassli, Blas Perez, Bradlee Baladez, Jonathan Top, Cobi Span
Internationals slots (1 of 8 remaining): Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz, Raul Fernandez, Peter Luccin, Michel, JeVaughn Watson, Eric Hassli
Primary Need: Goalscorer
Dallas seem to have a remarkably balanced roster, with youth and depth all across the backline and midfield. What they lack, though, is one guy who’s got an eye for goal – someone who just wants to get into the box and do whatever it takes to put the ball in the net.
Secondary Need: Speed in attack
The additions of Cobi Span (via the weighted lottery) and Ryan Hollingshead, a second-round pick in 2013, helps a bunch. But this roster lacks the “scare you to death” pace in attack that the best FCD teams of the past have had as their trademark.
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