Schellas Hyndman and the FC Dallas hierarchy wasted no time in utilising the Brek Shea funds after nabbing two established MLS strikers. Eric Hassli and Kenny Cooper made the move to Texas after being traded from Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls respectively.  Cooper was acquired in return for a fixed sum of allocation money whilst Dallas sent a 2nd round 2014 SuperDraft pick the way of the newly reformed Toronto is exchange for French Hit man Hassli.

F1C2BECE6653CD23907773589D4_h242_w430_m2_q80_cTjiNQzhxEric Hassli has frequently adjourned murmurs, that he wants out, most recently when the 6’4 striker stated his excitement at beginning work with new Head Coach Ryan Nelsen via a recently staged media day at Toronto. However a move away from Canada made sense as he has not hidden away from the fact his wife and children are struggling to adapt in Toronto, after making the move from Vancouver midway through the 2012 season.

Hassli began his MLS career in the Whitecaps inaugural season where he managed to enter a double figured goal scoring return with 10 goals in 26 games, despite Vancouver finishing rock bottom of the Western Conference.

But in 2012 it was clear newly appointed manager Martin Rennie was keen to offload the fans favourite DP, in order to implement his own ideas and functions to a side in its second year. During the midway period of the campaign, Paul Mariner came calling and the perfect marriage of player and manager began. The Englishmen moved for Hassli to lead the line of his starved attack and he began firing straight away with three goals in seven starts – the highlight of his reign – in the Red and Black.

Yet the massive overhaul of change during the off season with the arrival of President Kevin Payne and his decision to part ways with Mariner spiralled Hassli’s decision from possibility to certainty. His un-comfortability with the change involving his friend manoeuvred his families unsettled time to the forefront of his mind. And when FC Dallas came calling the Frenchmen jumped at the chance to swap ship.

0413fcdsmAs for Cooper his New York Red Bulls time was looking to be solved by the swing of a pendulum with his opportunities looking potentially scarce. Even though the prolific net locater was a regular on the Red Bulls score sheet his chances were of course going to be considered this season especially , with the arrival of Argentine Fabian Espindola and the potential break-through of Josue Martinez.

Kenny Cooper has decided that his only way of playing regularly was to return to where it all began for him. The striker spent the best part of three seasons at the Texan club before testing his talent in Germany with 1860 Munich, where his stint in Europe was hampered by an array of injuries.

The Dallas faithful have many means to be excited about the arrival as during his first period at the organisation his goals to games ratio consisted of a goal every 2.25 games. His knack for scoring is undoubtedly what engaged Hyndman to trade his services his way.

Both strikers join veteran French defensive midfielder Peter Luccin at FC Dallas Stadium, with whom joined the club back in early December.

Now with so much attacking flare and options to mull over, Schellas Hyndman’s side looks different to the one previous. And with service providers and difference makers already in the forms of David Ferreira, Fabian Castillo and Jackson, the season suddenly looks to be steering towards one of play off challenging.

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