Barrios headed to Texas to sign for FC Dallas
FC Dallas head coach, Oscar Pareja, had recently promised that we would see a signing to cover the right wing void left by the departure of Andres Escobar, and delay in resigning Je-Vaughn Watson. News from South America broke on Wednesday morning, suggesting that Michael Barrios would be flying to the United States to complete a deal with the Texans.
Barrios, 23, is primarily a secondary striker for Uniautonoma FC in Colombia’s Liga Aguila, but has also spent time playing on either wing in his home town of Barranquilla. Diablito has scored 35 goals in 140 appearances, but has yet to find the net from four appearances in Apertura 2015.
He does fit the category that FC Dallas are known to be in the market for; a pacy young winger with potential and a price tag that brings a low risk. The move for fellow Colombian, Escobar, came at the price of a designated player spot and over $600,000 in salary, in addition to any loan fee from Dinamo Kiev. Pareja is known to work wonders with younger players, and his track record in getting the most out of his compatriates can be seen in Fabian Castillo’s meteoric rise in 2014.
Although Pareja had called the signing a maybe on Tuesday, Uniautonoma’s official Twitter account had the following:
ATENCIÓN @MaicolBarrios7 fue transferido al fútbol de la Major League Soccer. El barranquillero jugará con el FC Dallas. Viaja mañana a USA— Deporte al Día (@dia_deportivo) February 18, 2015
In other transfer news at Toyota Stadium, an offer has been made to former Hoop Marvin Chavez.
The Honduran international has spent preseason in Frisco, and is evaluating all of his options before returning to the team he won the Western Conference with. Chavez has his green card now, so wouldn’t require an international roster spot. Peruvian defender, Aurelio Saco Vertiz, had appeared to be a likely addition until he limped out of the ATX Pro Challenge final with a foot contusion. The Peru international similarly would not require an international spot since Saco Vertiz is American by birth.
One player that will not be signing is former Dallas cult-hero, Juan Toja. Toja has been invited to continue training at the Toyota Soccer Center, but no Juan Toja wig nights for the time being.