Friday, August 24, 2007

FC Dallas gets Denilson, now who needs to leave?

It is finally official, Denilson is going to Dallas. After months of negotiations, the two sides have reached an agreement that will see the World Cup winner (the fourth in MLS history) take to the pitch as soon as his work visa is granted.

However, before he does that, FC Dallas must make room on their roster, which means trading a senior international (SI). The four players currently on that list are Adrian Serioux, Marcelo Saragosa, Carlos Ruiz and Pablo Ricchetti. So who should go?

The signing gives them a striker which might point to Ruiz. However, he has been playing some good ball of late and does Dallas really want to give up an attacker when they have both Cooper and Mina on the injured list? Also, could FCD find a team willing to pay his salary ($435,000) at this point in the season?

Ricchetti seems to be safe as he new to the club and has looked strong in most of his 13 starts (salary - $126,625).

Saragosa has not been outstanding but he is a good option off the bench and has the lowest price tag of all four players ($71,883). Also, I don't know if FCD wants to get rid of someone that can shutdown counter-attacks as well as he can.

Which brings us to Serioux ($120,500). He is the damaged goods the team picked up from Houston (via Toronto) during the off season. When he is healthy, he can bring strength to a backline, but he has had serious health problems during the last couple years. He would love to go to Toronto but all their SI slots are in use and head coach Mo Johnston has traded him twice in as many years, so I don't think that is an option. If he had been playing, LA might be willing to grab him, but I'm guessing that the last thing the Galaxy want right now is a recovering player.

So who goes? The easy one for Dallas would be Serioux as he really hasn't contributed anything to the club, but my guess would be Saragosa. Even though FCD is a little light in the middle, Saragosa will be the easiest trade. Low cost with a good resume should attract some interest.

Then again, maybe LA would be interested in getting Ruiz back. His amazing ability to get fouled might be exactly what the Galaxy is looking for to highlight the talent of Beckham. I guess New York could also be an option as Altidore might be moving along after this season and the team will need a second attacking option.

So who would you trade away if you were Steve Morrow?

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

TFC won't have to use an SI for Serioux, he's Canadian.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Mike H said...

So true. I forgot.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Geissler said...

Yeah, but Mo Johnston has traded Serioux twice since he's become a head coach -- first with NY when he traded him to Houston for O'Rourke and then when he traded him to FCD for Ronnie O'Brien.

Drew Moor has been playing right back, so really, the only solid central defender they have is Goodson. Richetti has been a revelation, Ruiz is Ruizm so I can't see him going (despite his poor form this season), so Saragosa is the guy to go. Dax McCarty, Toja, and Richetti can all play central mid.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Pitch to Pub said...

We've really got a log jam at the forward position, so although Saragosa makes sense, if we could get a strong defender in exchange for Ruiz, that would also be an option.

Between Oduro, Cooper (when he comes back), Ricardinho, Denilson, and Abe Thompson, I can't see them hanging on to Ruiz.

If Albright were healthy, a Ruiz trade to the Galaxy would be a done deal as this was already discussed prior to the Xavier signing. With albright hurt, I'm not sure where they could got get a solid defender in return for Ruiz.

11:32 PM  

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