Toronto FC’s epic Monday turned a lot of heads, including that of Dan Hunt, vice president of FC Dallas owners Hunt Sports Group.
Now he’s hoping his club will make a similar splash to Toronto’s mega-signings of Designated Players Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley.
Hunt held an impromptu Twitter Q&A session on Monday, and among the nuggets of information he shared was that FC Dallas are still very keen to sign an international Designated Player for the 2014 season:
.@chrisg1821 There are several names on our list that might qualify. Fingers crossed.— Dan Hunt (@DanHuntFCD) January 13, 2014
Technical director Fernando Clavijo stated earlier this offseason that he was actively searching for a box-to-box midfielder to fill David Ferreira’s vacated DP slot.
That combined with the fact that TFC will either have to have to restructure young Designated Player Matias Laba’s contract or move him to another team – the Reds are currently over the three-DP limit – would seem to make Dallas a possible suitor for the Argentinean defensive midfielder.
But based on Hunt’s comments regarding the player, don’t look for Dallas to be a landing spot for the TFC odd-DP-out.
.@coolkenny27 Laba is a good player who we had identified before. We have other plans on players.— Dan Hunt (@DanHuntFCD) January 13, 2014
It was also clear that Hunt, like most MLS fans, was surprised by Bradley’s sudden willingness to come back to Major League soccer in his prime at 26 years old and that FCD were never a player for his services. Obtaining a proven player of his stature is, however, still high on the club’s wish list, he said.
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.@tejasfooty We didn't think Bradley would be available, but TFC was able to strike a deal. We're always looking for players of this caliber— Dan Hunt (@DanHuntFCD) January 13, 2014
With Dallas focused on central midfield help, Barnsley winger Brek Shea (on loan from Stoke City) would be a very unlikely target. Hunt did say, though, that he believes the former FC Dallas star could benefit from boarding the US national teamers returning to MLS from Europe train.