FC Dallas Technical Director Barry Gorman and the club’s coaching staff have been busy over the last few days. Of course, the most recent news came on early Tuesday afternoon when it was announced the club had traded defender Heath Pearce to Chivas USA for allocation money.
But in the last few days, FCD has cut loose midfielder Brayan Martinez, a 2011 supplemental draft pick from Seton Hall, forward Sheldon Palmer, a trialist from Jamaica, and second-year striker Jason Yeisley, a 2010 draft pick.
Here’s a look at all four moves.
Brayan Martinez---As crowded as the FCD midfield is, there was little to no chance of this guy making even the bottom of the roster. He had to figure his time here would be short considering the logjam of players in the midfield. Still, he could catch on in the USL and work his way up. A pure no-brainer move here by Gorman and company.
Sheldon Palmer---Hyndman liked his athleticism and the fact he worked hard on both sides of the ball. But last week, the Dallas gaffer said he wanted to see more from the Jamaican striker when it came to shooting and finishing. At one point, he even compared him to FCD expatriate Dominic Oduro. We all know Dom didn’t last too long after Schellas took over, so that should have been the first sign that he was living on borrowed time here.
Heath Pearce---This is a simple case of someone getting off the bus. Maybe that’s a strong statement but the whole issue with Pearce’s hamstring during the playoffs last fall was something that never set well with the gaffer. Hyndman even discussed early in preseason how the injury happened because Pearce was doing extra work after practice that wasn’t necessary. The bus driver never came out and said it but the tone of his comments alluded to the fact that it was something he wasn’t happy about. He was also pretty disappointed that after Pearce turned down an invite to the January US national team camp so that he could come to Dallas early and be ready to go for preseason that Heath was injured the first week of practice and didn’t play over the weekend in Houston. And in Hyndman’s comments earlier today, he said he needed someone he could depend on, which implied that he could no longer trust Pearce. Many thought Heath wouldn’t be back for 2011 and how right those folks were.
Jason Yeisley---A 2010 draft pick, Yeisley got a bit of run early in the year but the main reason he got minutes was because other than Jeff Cunningham, the club was completely bereft of forwards. Milton Rodriguez wouldn’t arrive until June and play until July and Ruben Luna had yet to be signed. It was also clear that second-year forward Peri Marosevic and rookie Andrew Wiedeman were nowhere near ready to play, so they sat on the bench. Yeisley didn’t do badly for himself but after playing early in the year, he disappeared. Maybe he hit the proverbial rookie wall but by the time Rodriguez arrived in mid summer, he was MIA. Hyndman did try him out at center back late last year but that was mainly due to FCD being thin in the central defense. A great kid with a great attitude, Yeisley shouldn’t have a problem catching on in a lower league.