FRISCO, Tx. — After an up and down season with the Philadelphia Union, in which he only had four goals and four assists and struggled to find his spot, Fafa Picault joins FC Dallas with a clear role for the 2020 season.
His job is to help stabilize a left wing position that was a revolving door for head coach Luchi Gonzalez. From Dominique Badji, now with Nashville SC, to Santiago Mosquera, to Jesus Ferreira, to Edwin Gyasi, Dallas never found the consistent answer to partner with Michael Barrios on the attack.
Picault and Dallas, which sent $300,000 of General Allocation Money (GAM) to the Union in the deal, seems like an ideal fit as the team looks to make a jump in Gonzalez’s second season.
“Tactically, I see it as a good fit,” Picault said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “It’s a strong team that maybe needed one or two tweaks. I think looking forward, it’s going to be a very strong season overall. What I bring is speed, deep runs, technical ability off the side and in the middle when I have to. Obviously looking to score goals and create chances for others. Obviously, the gritty side of me. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work and win it all by all means. I think it’s going to be a very good fit and I’m very excited to work under Luchi and get started to work right away.”
Picault noted during film and scouting when with the Union that FC Dallas played an attractive style of soccer, something Gonzalez has emphasized wanting from his side.
“Obviously you notice some players in the group that were standing out,” he said. “We play against them, you watch them, but kinda like I did with most teams, the main thing that would be that some of the football was attractive at times and there were some standout plays and players. Overall, it wasn’t a team of mine to follow with Dallas. Now, it certainly is. I’ll put the same energy I put into Philly now into Dallas.”
Picault brings a wealth of experience, starting in the Caligari academy before playing with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the then NASL. Picault spent five months with Spara Prague before going to Germany to play for FC St. Pauli. The 28-year-old has used that experience to help guide players, adding another veteran position in a Dallas locker room full of young, homegrown players.
“The important thing is to show them the right way of professionalism, but at the same time, have them be their own guys and have them grow in the game and maximize their potential,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s what they’re there for. They’re their own men and they’re going to have their own careers, but my job is to help them and be a good teammate.”
Picault is eager to get to work with his new team. He’s currently training and preparing for the new season not only physically, but mentally as well. Gonzalez and Picault have spoken about his role with the team and he’s ready for the start of training camp so he can begin the next stage of his career.
“It’s all about business this year, especially coming up, so I’m trying to get acclimated as soon as possible,” Picault said. “We’ve already started looking at past film and what we’re looking for in the future. I’m already doing that in the offseason. During the season, I’ll be ready to work once I join the group and meet my teammates and start seeing what we have to do as a collective. I’m excited about the project and what the club is trying to do.”