Top 5 number 24s in FC Dallas history

As a follow up to our 25th season celebration series naming the top 5 players by position in FCD franchise history, I started a Top 5 FCD Players by Number series.

Time for the 24, the first number past the classic 23 man squad.

Around these parts, we think numbers are important, and I had the idea that – if the season didn’t restart – it might be fun to spin the Top 5s a bit and do a Top 5 Players by Number series. Of course, the season did restart so the idea went on the back burner… until now.

Disclaimer: The 25th Season Top 5 Player lists were voted on by a committee. These Top 5 Player by Number lists are just mine. So come at me, bro!

Top 5 FCD Number 24s

The 24 has a surprising amount of depth and talent for such a high number.

RankNameNotes
1Matt HedgesI’ll try and keep this short as a blub on how good Hedges is could fill up several pages.  #4 on our franchise Best Player chart, #1 Center Back, and his 2016 Season was an Honorable Mention for Best Single Season.  2016 MLS Defender of the Year and Best XI, 4-Time FCD DOY, 3-Time MLS All-Star.  The franchise leader in Games (262), Starts (254), and Minutes (22,386).  Throw in another 12 playoff games, if you like. An overall 17 total goals – that’s amazing for a center back – and 4 assists.
2Brad DavisBrad Davis spent two years of his fantastic MLS career in Dallas and landed at #3 in our Left Mid/Wing rank. During the first of which, 2003, he wore the 24. Yes, the Season of the Southlake Debacle. Not that Davis was at fault as his play was excellent, particularly so since it was only his second season in MLS. 26 games that season with 21 starts, 6 goals, and 5 assists.
3Eric AlexanderAlexander wore the 24 for his first two seasons in MLS with Dallas. Honorable Mention in our Linking Mid ranks. His run was good enough for the club to protect him over Dax McCarty in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft (a topic we’ve visited a lot).  Numbers in those first two seasons including playoffs: 41 games, 28 starts, 2 goals, and 3 assists.
4Eric AvilaAn Honorable Mention in our Impact Sub rankings, Avila wore the 24 for his pretty solid rookie year of 2008.  14 games, 3 starts, and 2 assists is a solid showing for Schellas Hyndman’s favorite replace-a-defensive-minded-mid-with-an-attacking-mid sub.
5Joey MartinezA combo indoor/outdoor player in 1995-1996, Dave Dir selected Martinez in the 1997 Supplemental Draft.  A defender, Martinez made 19 starts for FCD in 1997 before playing for the Miami Fusion – after being selected in the expansion draft – and the San Jose Clash. 

What’s your list look like?

#24 – All-Time FCD Roster

Matt Hedges2012 to Current
Eric Alexander2010 to Mid 2011
Heath Pearce2009
Eric Avila2008
Sebastian Botero2007
Justin Moore2006
Brad Davis2003
Percy Olivares2002
Justin Evans2001
Angel Rivillo2000
Andrew Parrish1999
Scott Vallow1998
Joey Martinez1997

Up next?

25.

Which is starting to get into the weird zone of numbers frequently being worn by players who don’t see a ton of time on the pitch.

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