FC Dallas SuperDraft Preview: Working from within to build a champion

Ahead of the 2015 SuperDraft, MLSsoccer.com is breaking down each team's needs and potential draft targets. FC Dallas -- the only team team that went unbeaten in last year's playoffs -- comes into this year's edition with a few holes to fill.

For FC Dallas, most of the answers will probably come from within. They led the league by miles in minutes played by Homegrown players in 2014, and will probably double up on that feat again in 2015 with Victor Ulloa and Moises Hernandez looking like mainstays in the starting XI and Kellyn Acosta very clearly ready for more minutes in central midfield.

So there are doubtless more contributors on the way from one of the most talent-rich areas in North America.

But let's also remember that it's Oscar Pareja calling the shots here, and nobody does "scouting the draft" better than Papi. He's made three Round 1 picks in the last two years, and come up with the last two Rookies of the Year (Dillon Powers and Tesho Akindele) as well as a consistent double-digit goal-scorer (DeShorn Brown).

Bet against him finding talent at No. 15 at your own peril.

FC Dallas SuperDraft selections: #15 (1st round), #56 (3rd round), #76 (4th round)

NOTE: #15 is FCD's natural first round pick, but could change based on trades that go into effect 25 hours before the draft

FC Dallas depth chart: 22 players

Goalkeeper (2): Chris Seitz, Dan Kennedy
Left Back (1): Moises Hernandez
Center Back (3): Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Stephen Keel
Right Back (2): Zach Loyd, Je-Vaughn Watson(currently not signed for 215)
Central Midfield (3): Victor Ulloa, Michel, Kellyn Acosta
Attacking Midfield (3): Mauro Diaz, Danny Garcia, Alejandro Zendejas
Winger (5): Fabian Castillo, Tesho Akindele, Ryan Hollingshead, Atiba Harris(currently not signed for 2015), Brian Span
Forward (3): Blas Perez, David Texeira, Coy Craft

Primary Need: Defensive depth

The fullback spots aren't as thin as they look on paper, since Loyd and Acosta can play on either side while Michel can slide to left back. Loyd can also play in the center of the defense -- as we saw last season -- so we may as well call FCD four-deep in the middle of the backline.

But two of those guys (Zimmerman and Keel) were injured for much of 2014, which means Dallas are always on the verge of needing to scramble and flip positions. That's something they did quite well in 2014. Do they want to try it again this year?

Probably not. It makes sense for Dallas to look at a true central defender at No. 15.

Targets: Tim Parker (St. John's), Anthony Manning (St. Louis), Oumar Ballo (UMBC), Aaron Simmons (UCLA), Axel Sjoberg (Marquette)

Secondary Need: Central midfield

Ulloa is a workhorse and Acosta looks very much like a young Kyle Beckerman -- so much so that he'll be away with the US U-20s for the Youth World Cup this summer, provided Tab Ramos can guide his team through CONCACAF.

Watson can play here in a pinch, but this area is thin.

Targets: Fatai Alashe (Michigan State), Nick Besler (Notre Dame), Eric Bird (Virginia), Seth Casiple (California)