The MLS roster compliance date last year was March 1st with the FCD opener March 4th. I know this because if you go to the MLS Roster Rules page it still lists last year’s dates and not this year’s.
So we’ll guess this year’s Roster Compliance date is Wednesday, February 28th.
FC Dallas is heading south today to play in the CCL Wednesday, so for the club, the preseason is essentially over. Technically, they have a week and a couple of days left… but for all intents and purposes, their roster is set.
So I’ve gone ahead and put the final roster prediction together as I think it will be on compliance day.
I also predict that OKC Energy will take a player on loan for the year (Adonijah Reid?) which could open up a roster spot. If FCD does get an open spot, we’ll look at that when it happens. OKC will also, I think, sign a player or two with the idea to develop for themselves or FCD down the line (like a Chris Lema and/or Noah Franke).
I have Kris Reaves and Jordan Cano keeping the two open developmental spots via their homegrown status. I stick with my prediction from last week and have Amer Sasivarevic making the team in the last senior roster spot.
That leaves one spot open for a potential 3rd keeper between Carlos Avilez, Kyle Zobeck, or “Pollo” Cortes. I’ll pick Zobeck for now.
One quick update: Michael Barrios got (is getting?) a green card, FCD TD Fernando Clavijo confirmed for me. So FCD is back at 8 Internationals.
FC Dallas traveled to Panama for Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League match against Tauro FC on Monday but so without midfielder Kellyn Acosta.
Acosta had been held out of several training sessions with a groin injury and didn’t start FCD’s final preseason match against the Portland Timbers on Saturday. When he did come into the match in the second half, the time on the field was cut short by what appeared to be a reactivation of the injury.
That means FCD likely will be utilizing the same starting eleven against Tauro that it played in that game with Victor Ulloa and Carlos Gruezo partnering together in the midfield where Gruezo usually features alongside Acosta.
New addition Santiago Mosquera, who went through his first training session with FCD last week after his signing was announced Feb. 12, did travel with the team and could start.
The MLS regular season doesn’t start until March 3, but the CONCACAF Champions League – pitting the top teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean against each other – always has been an important tournament for FCD.
Coach Oscar Pareja said making the semifinals last year and falling just short against Mexican side Pachuca has the team hungry for more on the international level.
“Well, we’re ready. We’ve been preparing for this for the last four weeks and we’re excited and just looking forward to start competing for what we aimed for last year,” he said. “It was a good participation in the CONCACAF and now we have the opportunity back.”