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FC Dallas 2024 Season Preview


Armchair Analyst's Breakdown

  • Strength: They went out and made a club-record signing at the No. 9, which means Jesús Ferreira should get to play his best position (second forward) for most of the year. And they’ve got a full season of Asier Illarramendi, plus some interesting young prospects coming through.
  • Weakness: Will they have enough chance creation without Alan Velasco? And will the backline come together as they morph from a 4-3-3 to a 3-4-2-1?

Key Departures

  • José Martínez: The veteran Spanish center back has moved on after three seasons in MLS.
  • Jáder Obrian: FCD fans will still see Obrian, as the Colombian winger was picked by Austin FC in the Re-Entry Draft. The speedster had 17g/13a in 94 games.
  • Facundo Quignón: With Illarramendi in town, Quignón proved expendable in midfield. The Argentine played 72 matches for Dallas.

Key Signings

  • Omar González: A Dallas native, González has signed with his local team in free agency as an illustrious career winds down. The former USMNT standout adds depth at center back.
  • Petar Musa: Dallas acquired Musa from Portuguese powerhouse side Benfica for reportedly a club-record $9.7 million fee that could rise to $13 million with add-ons. The Croatian international striker is a Designated Player, having tallied 17g/5a in 66 matches at Benfica.
  • Enes Sali: Sali arrives from Romanian top-flight side FCV Farul Constanța on a U22 Initiative deal. Born in Canada, the winger is capped once by Romania's senior squad.
  • Full roster

Projected Starting XI

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NOTE: Alan Velasco will likely miss most of the 2024 season while recovering from a torn ACL.


  • Marcelo Balboa: 5th in Western Conference
  • Kyndra de St. Aubin: 3rd in Western Conference
  • Matt Doyle: 7th in Western Conference
  • Brian Dunseth: 4th in Western Conference
  • Miguel Gallardo: 4th in Western Conference
  • Antonella Gonzalez: 4th in Western Conference
  • J. Sam Jones: 3rd in Western Conference
  • Sacha Kljestan: 5th in Western Conference
  • Kaylyn Kyle: 2nd in Western Conference
  • Lori Lindsey: 6th in Western Conference
  • Frédéric Lord: 3rd in Western Conference
  • Joseph Lowery: 5th in Western Conference
  • Sammy Sadovnik: 6th in Western Conference
  • Andrew Wiebe: 2nd in Western Conference
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips: 5th in Western Conference
  • Diego Valeri: 10th in Western Conference
  • Jake Zivin: 10th in Western Conference

Odds & Ends

  • Head coach: Nico Estévez
  • Stadium: Toyota Stadium
  • Last year: 11W-10L-13T, 46 points, 7th in Western Conference
  • Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs: Western Conference Round One Best-of-3