Two names, Edson Edward and Jeremy Hall, have already been pared from the FC Dallas roster this off-season. Edward being released was no big surprise but then again, neither was the trade with Toronto FC to send a disappointing Hall to the Reds.
But with these two moves comes a bigger question, who’s next? After a disappointing finish to the season and having several Generation adidas players graduate, there will likely be several more personnel moves before preseason begins on Jan. 13, 2012. Here’s a look at who could be next:
Maykel Galindo---When FCD brought the Cuban-born striker in early last season, everyone hoped the club would get the Galindo from the early part of his stay in Chivas USA, when he was one of the top scorers in the league rather than the oft-injured version that surfaced later in his tenure with the Red-and-White. After arriving in poor shape, it took Galindo a while to get back to speed and after a litany of injuries. He did see the field for six games, including one start, but the results just weren’t there. Chalk this up to a gamble worth taking, but one that clearly didn’t work out. Expect an outright release here since Galindo has little to no trade value.
Bruno Guarda---Guarda could definitely help provide some midfield depth in 2012. When healthy in 2011, he did make some contributions-chipping in five assists in 11 games. However, the SMU product did just finish his third full season in MLS and other than a spot start here or there, he has yet to become a consistent member of FCD’s first 11. Logic dictates that if he hasn’t cracked Schellas Hyndman’s lineup yet that he never will. Still, I wouldn't expect to see Bruno released but he could be traded if Dallas could get something of value for him. Maybe Guarda would thrive with a fresh start elsewhere.
Josh Lambo---This Wisconsin native would honestly have been better served if he had gone the collegiate route and spent a couple of years playing at that level before coming to MLS. Lambo was taken in the first round of the same draft as Brek Shea, the 2008 Super Draft and we’ve all seen what kind of player Shea has become. Lambo on the other hand has languished on the bench and in the eyes of some, has even regressed. His maturity level was a big question early in his pro career and he has had bad luck with some injury issues. Now that FCD has up-and-comer Richard Sanchez in the fold, they won’t be keeping four ‘keepers, so Lambo will almost certainly be gone.
Jack Stewart---Stewart was another midseason addition who was brought in to give FCD some defensive cover. Of course, he did have the huge goal in the win over Toronto FC at BMO Field in Champions League play, a tally that’s all but forgotten after Dallas crashed out of the CCL with a 4-0 loss to the same Reds club back in September. Stewart is 27 and does have a solid resume of playing experience. Stewart appeared in two games, including one start, in league play. He could stick around for preseason as a depth guy in the back but could also be released should Dallas find a better option on defense. FCD assistant John Ellinger is a big fan of his after coaching him in Salt Lake and Ellinger’s voice carries considerable weight with Hyndman.