- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 23, 2007
- 2 Comments
With a recent loss to in-state rival and defending MLS Champions Houston Dynamo, the FC Dallas front office made a move today to hope to push ahead of Houston and the rest of the league in hopes of winning the league crown this season. The Hoops have finally landed Brazilian play-maker Denilson today.
A month ago the club was close to signing him but was unable to do so. Now with him in place and possibly available for the next match on September 1st against DC United and then the US Open Cup semi-final match in Seattle, Dallas looks like a club that could make a run for the US Soccer double by winning the MLS Cup and the US Open Cup.
A major part of the deal that hasn’t been announced but was key in landing the striker was the length of the deal rather than the dollar amount. With the recent trades and retirements, the money issue was probably fairly easy to reach.
To make room for Denilson, the club will have to create a roster space and currently has all of its four senior internationals slots filled (Adrian Serioux, Marcelo Saragosa, Carlos Ruiz and Pablo Ricchetti). Most people close to the club believe that Saragosa is the most likely of candidates to be leaving. Though Dallas could trade for a senior international spot with another club.
The club also announced a loan of a 21-year old Columbian/American midfielder Sebastián Botero from Independiente Medellín. Botero takes an open roster spot on the developmental roster that was created when Dominic Oduro was promoted to the senior spot vacated when Ramón Núñez was traded to Chivas USA.
With these deals in place and the potential of Kenny Cooper coming back from injury in the coming weeks, does anyone in the league have the defense to stop an offense quite like this? Think of Juan Toja and Pablo Ricchetti sending balls up to Denilson and Ruiz. Wow, as a Hoops fan I am absolutely pumped about this deal with Denilson, and the potential of all of this offense.
Your take on all of this?
Editor’s note: I was not aware at the time that I wrote this that senior international spots were not trade-able, only youth internationals were. Thanks to tex for pointing that out to me.