- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 27, 2008
- 4 Comments
After seeing how well Dario Sala played in the preseason, FC Dallas is now considering loaning out backup keeper Ray Burse Jr., to USL-1’s Portland Timbers this season.
The Timbers transferred their keeper Josh Wicks to the LA Galaxy and are without a experienced keeper on their roster. A move like this makes sense if it goes through.
I thought this would be the year that Burse would break through for Dallas and get the starting role. However, Sala has played himself into the starting role. Burse still needs game experience right now despite the fact that he has a lot of potential. Thus, loaning him to a club that will use him right away makes perfect sense.
This is also a better step for Burse than Dallas keeping him on and playing him in the reserve league all season. By sending him to Portland, the Hoops can use first round draft pick Josh Lambo in the reserve division, which will help develop him a bit more.
The move will allow all three keepers to play on a weekly bases, something that wouldn’t be done if they were all still on the roster together. Dallas is deep enough at the keeper position that they could do such a move before the season. I’m sure some clubs would love to get their hands on Burse for this season as a backup or even a potential starter. This loan will only add fuel to that fire for next season as a couple clubs (New York, Chicago, Toronto, LA, and Chivas) will be looking for a keeper with experience and still loads of potential.