Otis Earle, FC Dallas’ First Round MLS Superdraft pick, has been set up to be loaned to Arizona United. Earlier today, Steve Hunt of 3rd Degree/the Dallas Morning News, reported that the loan is awaiting approval, but at 5:30 p.m. Central Time, FC Dallas Media Relations officially announced the move.
While somewhat later than expected, this was the other player we saw (April 22 Farm Report) as most likely to benefit from playing time at the USL level. Both Garcia and Earle are physically mature enough to handle the rigors of lower division soccer, but have enough talent that a run of games might hone their level of play to where they can contribute to the First Division club.
While there are other players who need playing time, including Coy Craft, Alejandro Zendejas and Jesse Gonzalez, none are either a good fit for Arizona United (Gonzalez) or physically ready for the USL. Craft in particular has been struggling to work through a variety of injuries.
To his credit, Zendejas has made his way into the first team lineup already, although it was a very specific role for a specific game. Whether he is ready to play for the first team in a run of games remains to be seen.