- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 10, 2007
- 2 Comments
In what may be the biggest no-brainier in the league history, FC Dallas opted to not pick up their first Designated Player Denilson’s option for 2008.
Most of you Hoops fans already knew about this and I waited around to talk about this in any length. Probably the smarted move the club has made in recent times. Their track record of late hasn’t been well from the signing of the over-paid Shaka Hislop to signing an out of shape Denlison to not protecting Clarence Goodson in the expansion draft.
Yeah, I can say some moves lately in my mind haven’t been favorable for Dallas and maybe even their fan’s perception of how things are ran in the front office. But this move is good. Not picking up Denilon’s hefty-bag of a contract is a good thing. Admitting to the over-paid Brazilian is a good start for Dallas who needs to move on from this and find a player who is in shape and wants to contribute on the field for them in the upcoming season.
Denilson contributed one goal (from the penalty spot) and no assists. That my friends isn’t DP quality.
They didn’t rule him out to come back though, which honestly I wouldn’t take him back for anything less than maybe $100,000 a year. A price-tag that he probably won’t even think of going for.
Moving on from Denlison and using “that money” to find a better quality DP is exactly what Dallas needs to do.
The club did however exercised options on a number of players, including forward Carlos Ruiz, midfielders Juan Toja and Pablo Ricchetti, veteran defender Bobby Rhine, goalkeeper Dario Sala and left back David Wagenfuhr.
Toja and Ricchetti are really an easy option to go for. I also like the move to get Sala back because I think he will be healthier next season. Wagenfuhr can bring in some depth off the bench for the Hoops but I kind of hope that Bobby Rhine will retire and become a coach. The club wanted him to go that route but it looks like he will be playing another season, which I can handle as well.
Picking up Ruiz’s option had to be done or else Dallas would lose all the rights to him. Now they can consider trading him or try to renegociate with him for a lower contract.
I have to say Dallas is making some healthy moves here for 2008. It all started with admitting to their faults with Denilson and moving forward to 2008. I know the arguements for Denilson but I honestly don’t buy them too much anymore. Hell, I used to be in his corner too but not so any more. What Dallas does with Ruiz is what I will be more concerned with for the time being until they go after another DP. Plus I expect them to sign a South American or two in the coming months before the season starts.