As part of their Major League Soccer 2017 season preview, the staff at Goal.com surveyed general managers (GM) (though their actual titles may in fact be a variant of this) on a variety of MLS related topics. Representatives of 16 of the 22 teams participated in the survey. 12 questions were asked and the only restriction was no voting for their own team or players on any of the questions. Texas teams received votes in 10 of the 11 questions involving players or teams, only being shut out when it came to predicting the 2017 regular season MVP.
FC Dallas and midfielder Kellyn Acosta cleaned up in the final voting.
(poll ranking follows the description)
-43% predicted that they would win the 2017 MLS Cup (first)
-13% believed that Kellyn Acosta was the most underrated player in the league (tied for second). Injured midfielder Mauro Diaz and defender Matt Hedges also received votes in this category.
-Acosta was one of 6 players receiving votes for the player the GM would build a franchise around.
-Once more, Kellyn Acosta received accolades when he was identified as the player most likely to break out in 2017. Defender Walker Zimmerman also received votes in this category.
-Forward Cristian Colman was recognized as one of a handful of players who would be the best new acquisition (tied for third).
-Homegrown defender Reggie Cannon received votes when the GM’s were asked which rookie would be the best player in five years.
-25% of the voters selected Oscar Pareja as the coach with the best tactical mind. (first) He also received 20% of the votes as the best coaching motivator (tied for second).
-36% believed that FC Dallas will be team that is most fun to watch (tied for first with New York City FC).
Houston Dynamo was only represented in one category. 19% of the voters believe that the Dynamo made the best off-season moves (second). FC Dallas (what a surprise) was tied for third among the GM’s asked this question.