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FC Dallas Opts Out of Denilson Contract

  • MLSNet, Wednesday, December 12, 2007 5:46 PM
Denilson's short stint in MLS may have already come to a close. MLSNet reports that FC Dallas declined to pick up the Brazilian midfielder's contract option after signing him as a designated player in August. The former World Cup winner scored just one goal -- a penalty kick -- and had no assists in eight regular-season games. And most who saw FC Dallas' regular season run-in would say the team was more ineffective with him on the field.

"We didn't pick up his option because we thought his salary was too high for next year," FC Dallas coach Steve Morrow told MLSNet. Despite that decision, Morrow didn't rule out the possibility of resigning Denilson at reduced salary. "That is certainly an option for us," he said. "I talked to him about why we didn't pick up his option. We felt that was a lot of money for next year and I didn't think it was great value." Meanwhile, the club exercised the options on the following players: forward Carlos Ruiz, midfielders Juan Toja and Pablo Ricchetti, defenders Bobby Rhine and David Wagenfuhr, and goalkeeper Dario Sala.

As for Denilson, "He wants to stay here, loves it here and the team," Morrow said. "We have talked about the possibility of renegotiating, but we're not very far down the road on that. If that's going to happen, it could take a little while to figure out."

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