Our season, sadly, is over. Time to evaluate our roster and look at possible off-season moves by the FO. Needs: Central midfield All season, I worried about the spine of the team. However, as the season progressed, and as Cronin came into his own, I worried less about the future of center midfield. What was worrying, however, was Baca's noticeable drop in performance. This may have been a factor of fatigue, but while I'm bullish on Baca's future, I'm less bullish on his position in the starting eleven. The team could do better. Who do Yallop and Doyle bring in? Do they look within MLS? The international market? Central defense Opara showed flashes of his GA potential, but with his GA contract expiring, do we retain him? Who do we pair alongside Bernardez? Do we stick with Hernandez and draft young? Depth at this position ought to also be a priority, as injuries and suspensions hurt the team all season. Forward As great a season as our forwards had, there are some worrying signs. It's possible that Wondo will not be back next season (more on that below). Gordon was beset by injuries all season and isn't getting any younger. Lenhart also suffered from knocks and suspensions. Pizarro never got a serious run-out with the team and Guvenisik was awful in his limited minutes with the first team. Should the FO try to grab an undervalued quality from off the MLS scrap heap? Or do they look abroad? Likely Roster Movement Simon Dawkins, M/F - Dawkins seemed to enjoy himself more as the season progressed, but he'll doubtless want to engineer a return to England. Khari Stephenson, M/F - No question about this one. It's not just Stephenson's whopping $190,000 contract. Rather, Yallop appeared to lose total faith in Stephenson by the end of the season. Even while the team struggled with injury and form, Yallop kept Stephenson firmly rooted to the bench. He's out. Sercan Guvenisik, F - Front offices do not like to pay $90,000 contracts to forwards who not only don't score goals, but who don't even make the bench. Contract Restructuring Chris Wondolowski, F - The biggest question this offseason is whether Wondo will leave and try his luck abroad. If he does, we'll all be grateful for the service he rendered this team. However, there are a lot of things that I think will keep him here. First, the FO understands how valuable Wondo is to the team and to the community. If they're smart, they'll offer him a DP-level contract that he can't refuse (and he'll have earned it). Second, Wondo's 29; he'll find it difficult to latch onto a European club in a first division league outside of Scandinavia. Third, Wondo is the most competitive guy on the Earthquakes; he wants to win MLS Cup. My guess is he stays, but the team ought to prepare for the possibility that he won't. Ramiro Corrales, M/D - The season started brightly for Ramiro, but he faded badly as it went on. While he was still able to contribute in a limited capacity, with a guaranteed contract of $183, 875, the team needs more production to justify the expense. Ramiro's career, however, is in its sunset. If he and the FO can come to an agreement to cut his salary (perhaps he can become a player-coach and take some of the salary off the books?), he could still be a valuable contributor off the bench next season. Rafael Baca, M; Stephen Beitashour, D; Justin Morrow, D - All of three of these guys were on the Rookie minimum this past season ($44,000). They'll all deservedly receive raises this off-season. Jason Hernandez, D - I think Jason comes back next season. Even at the $175,000 price point. The big questions: 1. Will Wondo be back next season? 2. How do we replace Dawkins? 3. How can we improve the spine of the team (central defense and midfield)? 4. Who does the FO pick up to improve team depth?