FRISCO, Texas---It’s not in Oscar Pareja’s nature to be pessimistic when discussing either his FC Dallas team as a whole or any of his players.
That’s why when the first-year Dallas head coach was asked for an update on goalkeeper Chris Seitz, who sustained an apparent right quadriceps injury in the 71st minute on a goal kick in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union, he didn’t hesitate in saying that the symptoms didn’t look good for Seitz.
Seitz had to leave the game one minute later with Raul Fernandez, a 2013 MLS All-Star, replacing him in net for Dallas.
Pareja said postgame that Seitz was due for an MRI on Saturday morning and on Monday as his team was preparing for a 2014 U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match on Wednesday at the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks, he offered an update.
“The results are not very encouraging. It looks like we’re going to miss him for a few weeks. Doctors are meeting right now to be more precise on the length of the injury, but for sure for the next few games, Chris will not be available,” Pareja said.
And during a follow-up question to better determine the specific nature of Seitz’s injury, Pareja even offered up the strong possibility that it could be the worst case scenario when it comes to the quadriceps muscle, a tear, an injury which would likely signal the end of Seitz’s season.
“It looks like it is a tear, yes. We’re waiting for the official report to come back,” Pareja said.
However, until it is officially called a tear and a press release is issued by FC Dallas detailing just how long Seitz will be on the shelf, it is for now a strain.
So with Seitz definitely out for this week’s Open Cup match, that means Fernandez will get the nod in goal with 19-year-old Homegrown keeper Jesse Gonzalez serving as his backup. Dallas currently has just three keepers on their roster after 20-year-old Richard Sanchez, another product of the club’s youth academy, was sold to Liga MX side Tigres UANL last week.
Should Seitz’s injury not be a tear and he will only miss a few weeks, then Dallas would likely be in a position to secure a third keeper from the league’s pool of emergency keepers.
But if Seitz indeed has a tear and that scenario sounds likely, then his season is more than likely over. That would likely mean that Dallas would put him on injured reserve, opening up a roster spot.
Dallas currently has one open spot after the Sanchez sale and with the summer transfer window opening Dallas could not only need a keeper but it could also need a center back or defender because center back George John has not played all year with a rather nebulous knee issue and could be in line to have surgery, which would also end his season and likely open another roster spot.
Of course, all this roster talk is enough to give Dallas supporters a tired head, but no matter how all this plays out, Pareja and the rest of the organization will have considered every hypothetical and will then take an appropriate course of action depending on the final verdict they receive from doctors on Seitz, something which could come as soon as later this week or could wait another week or so.
“Strain at the moment, all those possibilities are part of the decision. We have a second goalkeeper at the moment,” Pareja said. “We will look at all these things and come up with an option.”