In the build up to the new season we’ll have a new MLS 2015 Season Preview up everyday. Today we take a look at what FC Dallas will be looking to achieve this year.
Last season saw FC Dallas record their highest points total ever as they picked up 54 points and advanced to the MLS Playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Head coach Oscar Pareja has his team well drilled and supporters will be expecting the team to progress even more this year. Not too many changes to the squad have been made and Dallas are in a perfect position to pick up where they left off.
Last season’s finish: Western Conference position: 4th – P34 – W16 – D6 – L12
What needs to change this year?
FC Dallas need to find a solid level of consistency throughout the campaign this season. Last year they went through a poor spell without a win in eight but also managed to go unbeaten through ten games after that. Finding a performance level that allows them to continuously put points on the board is what Pareja has to do. The Hoops could improve their away form too as they only won four games on the road in 2014.
Scoring goals wasn’t a problem last year and it shouldn’t be this year either despite the fact Dallas have yet to add any attacking players to the roster. The club will expect to make the playoffs once again and will hope to advance further than they did last term. They were unfortunate against the Seattle Sounders as they were knocked out on away goals in the Western Conference semi-final.
Key changes to the squad:
Ins: Alex Zendejas – Midfielder, Dan Kennedy – Goalkeeper, Atiba Harris – Midfielder, Otis Earle – Defender, Kyle Bekker – Midfielder
Outs: Jair Benitez – Defender, Andres Escobar – Midfielder, Raul Fernandez – Goalkeeper, Hendry Thomas – Midfielder, George John – Defender
Key player: Fabian Castillo – Winger
The pacey Colombian scored ten goals in 27 regular season appearances last year and seemed to improve with each week. He has just put pen to paper on a huge five-year contract and is a player capable of firing Dallas into the playoffs almost single-handedly.
One to watch: Otis Earle – Defender
The young Englishman was selected in the first round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and will hope to make an immediate impact in Major League Soccer. Otis Earle should step in as Jair Benitez’s replacement at left-back and could form a strong partnership with Castillo down the left flank for Dallas.
Predicted finish: Western Conference – 4th
FC Dallas will expect to build on last year’s record points tally but will do well to finish as high in a fiercely competitive Western Conference. Another fourth-placed finish in 2015 would be an achievement for Dallas though they would hope to go further in the playoffs.
What are you expecting to see from FC Dallas in 2015?