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Western Conference Preview

By Jonathan Szekeres




PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 20: The starting eleven of FC Dallas pose before the game against the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field on February 20, 2013 in Portland, Oregon
PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 20: The starting eleven of FC Dallas pose before the game against the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field on February 20, 2013 in Portland, Oregon

2012 record: 9-13-12 (6th in Western Conference, missed playoffs)

Additions: F Eric Hassli (Trade W/ Toronto FC), F Kenny Cooper (Trade W/ Red Bulls), M Peter Luccin (Free Agent)

Losses: M Julian De Guzman, M Brek Shea, GK Kevin Hartman, M Ricardo Villar

Overview: They were neck in neck with the Vancouver Whitecaps for the fifth and final playoff spot in 2012, and admirably so, considering all of the injuries the club had to face. They ended up missing the dance by four points, which subsequently led to the removal of several veterans from the squad. The biggest loss is undoubtly Brek Shea, who moved on to Stoke City. The club tried to shore up it's offensive attack, bringing in Eric Hassli and Kenny Cooper via trades. Hassli can be a fantastic player when he is on; big strong, but with the feet of a ballerina. When he's off, he's invisible. Kenny Cooper figures to bring a more consistent scoring threat to a team that was mediocre in that department last year. George John will be relied on heavily on the backline, but this is a club that could make a run at the post-season if everyone achieves their potential. A three headed monster of Hassli, Cooper and David Ferreira would be deadly.

Player to watch: Eric Hassli may be a few years removed from his 10 goal 2011 season for the Whitecaps, but his potential is tantalizing. He has a knack for scoring beautiful goals, and has been a fan favourite wherever he goes. Expect plenty of FC Dallas faithful to be wearing Hassli kits when the first kick-off happens.