Don’t expect alot of answers out of tomorrow’s MLS Superdraft when it comes to addressing the Dynamo’s needs.
Needs which are pretty clear. What is there to change after winning a second consecutive MLS Cup?
Next year fans will have the amazing opportunity to follow a team that is going for an unprecedented third straight MLS title.
If that in itself doesn’t get one ready for next year I don’t know what will.
The needs are clear, like last year with international call ups, a larger volume of games due to success and limited salary cap the pressure will be on players more than ever to get through the season successfully. Key areas of concern:
Strikers: After producing their best MLS seasons ever both Joseoph Ngwenya and Nate Jacqua become important pieces to the puzzle. Not only did they produce key goals throughout the season but the helped absorb the abscences of Brian Ching due to injury and national team call ups. With Ching injury prone throughout his career of late the needs are clear up front.
Dominic Kinnear last year had the option of two target type strikers with Ching and Jacqua in the line-up that was a good fit at Robertson Stadium. Ngwenya is the x factor here with his ability to take people on off the dribble and stretch defenses with his speed while creating space for others.
My feeling is that Ngwenya is the closer of the two to stay in Europe but I would not be surprised see both return.
The Dynamo will have to scour MLS for options and certainly find a striker in the mold of Nwgenya to give them variety up front.
Goalkeeping: Pat Onstad is the bionic man and comes off a fantastic season. To watch a goalkeeper play the game mentally as much as he does is inspiring. Trading Zach Wells to DC gets the depth at center back but puts pressure on Onstad to play alot of games this coming season. I know that he is pushing himself in the off-season to prepare yet if he goes down injured or needs a break where do the DYnamo turn?
Will they find a goalkeeper in the draft that is capable of being a potential back-up? All college goalkeepers will make mistakes in transition to MLS.
The draft will yield few that can step in and start and as the college game and professional game continue to pull apart to make the jump becomes more difficult.
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