tBG) FC Dallas doesn't have a whole lot of new faces, but the ones they have are important. Of the new additions, are there any real game changers for FCD?
BDS) FC Dallas made some good changes this offseason to improve their existing roster. The biggest addition is Carlos Gruezo, a young Ecuadorian midfielder that was one of the youngest players to appear in the 2014 World Cup. He spent the last couple of years in Germany with Stuttgart and will likely bring a big punch to the midfield. If he can get acclimated to the travel and game in MLS, he will definitely be one of the better Designated Players in this league, similar to what Diego Chara has done in Portland.
tBG) What kind of soccer should we expect from Dallas, and who is critical to the success of that system?
BDS) The soccer shouldn't change a ton this year out of Dallas. The speed on the wings with Michael Barrios and Fabian Castillo will be key in the attack but also will be the health of Mauro Diaz in the middle. He is the conductor in the middle of the park as everything will funnel through him. He has the vision to see a few moves ahead of everyone else on the field. I would also expect a bit more physical play in the defensive side of things with Gruezo and Maynor Figueroa to go along with the likes of Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman in the middle of the defense.
tBG) Why is this the year Dallas wins it all?
BDS) Expectations are definitely at an all-time high going into this season after last year's 60 points in the regular season and a finish in the Western Conference finals. The talent is there, the coaching is hitting its stride and everything appears (at least on paper) to be lining up that way. To me, like it has in the past, will come down to health. If this group stays healthy during the entire season, there is no reason why this team won't be one of the top contenders.
Lineup prediction: Jesse Gonzalez, Zach Loyd, Matt Hedges, Maynor Figueroa, Atiba Harris, Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta, Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios, Maximiliano Urruti.