No club had more set-piece goals than Real Salt Lake in 2013 (23). FC Dallas finished a close second with 21, but RSL had the novelty of scoring 34 more goals from open play.
Dallas only scored 27.
Nearly half of the club's goals came from set-pieces in 2013 (43.8 percent).
That was the highest percentage in MLS last season.
With the dynamism from open play lacking, the club attempted to address that issue with a late offseason acquisition. Kickoff is just over two weeks away, but that didn't stop Dallas from announcing the signing of Andres Ramiro Escobar on loan from Ukrainian power Dynamo Kiev.
The numbers say the 22-year-old doesn't boast an impressive goalscoring resume. From 2012 to 2013, he returned to his native Columbia on loan and appeared in 35 matches, scoring just five goals in the process.
But what Escobar does possess is unparalleled speed that is now coupled with experience overseas.
According to the club's official website, that's exactly the combination that led to Coach Pareja's decision to finally bring him to Frisco, Texas:
I’ve known Andres for a long time and had been following him since his early years at Deportivo Cali. He is a player we wanted to bring to the team a few years ago but it wasn’t the right time. After the experience he has gained in Europe and his growth as a player, we feel that now is the right moment to bring him to FC Dallas.
Like most foreign newcomers, acclimating himself to the physicality of MLS will be a process.
But with the club's leading assist leader (Ferreira, nine assists) and two of the club's top-five goalscorers no longer on the roster, opportunities will be abound for Escobar.
Hopefully, for Dallas' sake, those opportunities yield a higher percentage of dynamism from open play.
Update: To add to that young dynamism, FC Dallas announced the acquisition of Uruguayan forward David Texeira. The 22-year-old joined the Hoops on a transfer from FC Groningen of the Dutch Eredivisie Friday afternoon.