- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 21, 2007
- 2 Comments
I’ve let this sit for a little while here. As talked about yesterday, Hoops trade away midfielder Richard Mulrooney to Toronto FC for allocation money and a first round draft pick in next year’s draft.
Most hate this deal on paper, and probably for good reason. Hoops fans wanted to see Mulrooney succeed after injury problems had sidelined him before. Mulrooney brought a lot of leadership to the Hoops, a team that probably needs leadership more than most people think. Lastly, he was an all around midfielder. Sure he is listed as a defensive midfielder, something the Hoops definitely need, but Mulrooney can do it all in the midfield.
Others see this deal as the Hoops are throwing in the perverbal towel before the season starts. Trading away defensive help for a pick that you don’t even know if it will pan out. Not to mention you won’t get that pick until next season and most likely you won’t know about him for another year or to after you draft him.
So far in this off season Dallas has let two all-star mid-fielders leave along with a solid defender in Greg Vanney for what some will call damaged goods in Adrien Serioux and some draft picks and allocation money. In past years, Dallas hasn’t exactly excited anyone with their draft picks. Only a couple have panned into anything and you could make a case for some of their supplemental picks being better than their superdraft picks.
Also, in all honesty, you cannot bank on Toronto finishing dead last in the league to get that top pick. The MLS doesn’t do a lottery so that won’t help you either.
I think some people may be missing the big picture here in this deal. FC Dallas picks up more allocation money. Allocation money that wasn’t there before and something FCD really needed to have in their back pocket. Toronto, being an expansion squad has plenty of allocation money to blow and this works out for Dallas. Depending on what kind of allocation money Dallas got, it should be enough for something good in my eyes.
I understand why people are upset. On first read I was shocked and a bit upset myself but it made me realize that head coach Steve Morrow and GM Michael Hitchcock have something up their sleeve. Its either a move to possible get upset and trade demanding defensive midfielder Sharlie Joesph from New England or something else.
Dallas has made it clear that they are in contact with another Argentine midfielder/defender Pablo Ricchetti. There are also plenty of other deals on the table. There has been plenty of talks in recent days about how the MLS is interested in bringing over players from the K-League (Korea) and the J-League (Japan). Buzz over at 3rddegree.net says someone like Takuya Yamada may be an option for the Hoops.
It is clear that since the Hoops are looking for a deal, players like Dax McCarty and newcomer Anthony Wallace just aren’t quite ready yet. I figure eventually they will be but I am glad to see the Hoops are looking to deal to correct some of their current wholes.
While I would root for a trade for Sharlie Joesph, I wouldn’t at all mind Dallas go for another South American that can prove themselves in the league. Though I don’t know a lot of Ricchetti, I have read that he is a pretty solid player. He appears to be very proven and is actually a bigger name down there than most would believe. Possibly sign him and pick up another player because I think some green cards will come open for a player or two that are trying to get them, which will open up another international spot and then the Hoops should be fine.