- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 9, 2008
- 2 Comments
FC Dallas has reached agreement with Mexican central defender Duilio Davino. The Hoops had been in talks with him for several days and now things have finally come to end in and he will be introduced soon as a new member of the Hoops.
He’ll turn 32 in March and brings 10 years of experience with Club America and 80 national team appearances. And while the experience is definitely what Dallas needs in their defense, I still kind of question this move. I see them getting older and not younger.
It isn’t a horrible move though for the Hoops. It was very needed but I still am holding out hope that this is a scouting/signing from the coaching staff and not the front office. Too many front office signings have been total busts in Dallas and if this is a move to get more Latin people in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to Pizza Hut Park then they are doing it for the wrong reasons.
Let’s also hope that this isn’t another Mexican national team member that turns out to be a total bust in the MLS. He was let go by Club America for a reason, and the fact that he wasn’t picked up quickly by another club in Mexico still raises questions for me. But if he turns out to be a Blanco type of signing then I am all for it.
I don’t know all the terms of the contract but he won’t be a designated player. Dallas has somewhere in the neighborhood of $350k to spend (that counts towards the salary cap) this off season and I can bet that it won’t all go to Davino. Probably my bet is he will get around the $125k range, kind of like Pablo Ricchetti.
In terms of where he will play all depends on what formation Dallas will use this season. Previously this off-season there was talks (and actual play) with Dallas in a 3-5-2, but would Davino require a 4-4-2? Probably, I don’t know if he has enough speed for Dallas to go with three in the back but we will see!
Hoops fans what do you make of this deal? Good or bad? Should Dallas have gone younger or was it a right move to get someone with plenty of experience like Davino?