WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: Blas Perez #7 of Panama and Victor Turcios #5 of El Salvador battle for possession during the 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals on June 19, 2011 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Panama wins 5-3 in penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 tie. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Since trading away Kenny Cooper in the summer of 2009, FC Dallas has been searching for what Schellas Hyndman likes to call the alpha dog forward. Jeff Cunningham plugged the gap for awhile with a remarkable scoring run while they somehow got to MLS Cup with Atiba Harris up top. 2011 was a nightmare up top prompting FC Dallas to trade away Eric Avila in search of the answer, but finally on January 3, 2012, Dallas has signed their big time forward. His name is Blas Pérez.
A little bit on Perez, he is a Panamanian who made his name in Colombia and Mexico. In recent years he has scored loads of goals for teams like Pachuca, Tigres, San Luis and Leon. He was due for a move to Indios, however when the team was de-certified due to debts unpaid he found himself without a club and FC Dallas pounced. Perez, known at Super Raton, AKA Mighty Mouse,
Perez is a tall forward who makes a living on poaching goals. He's two footed, though his right foot is stronger, and he does a good job of hassling defenders into errors that he feeds on. In games I've seen in the past as well as YouTube highlights, you can expect Perez to be the one crashing the box when Brek Shea and Jackson find themselves free down the wings.
He had this to say on Twitter(paraphrased)
I'm happy and grateful to God for this new challenge that comes in my career. Thank you for all your comments, happy new year.
Keep reading for some instant thoughts on the signing and the YouTubes
Perez a signing two years in the making For the first time since 2009, we go into pre-season knowing who the starting forward is. Dallas still needs backup help on the wings and another backup forward, but the starting "strikeforce" on this squad with Shea, Ferreira, Jackson and Perez will be quite formidable to say the least.
A win-now signing For FCD this is a win-now signing. I don't buy for a second that Perez is too old or anything like that. He was great in the 2011 Gold Cup and has been fantastic for Panama in 2014 World Cup qualifying. However, this is likely not a guy that will be here for three years. 2012 could be the last year with Brek Shea and George John so I applaud Dallas for finally making a move like this.
Perez lives up top How many times in 2011 was Shea or Chavez freed down the wing with no one to cross to in the middle? That won't happen with Perez who is a guy that is generally mucking things up in the box. He just always seems to find his way to the ball and does a great job at finishing those half chances.
Get excited There wasn't really much fanfare to this one, curiously, but this is a huge signing. One person told me on Twitter "FC Dallas has gained 3 million fans." Can't wait to watch this guy go up against MLS defenders.
We know what the 2012 opening day starting lineup looks like
They need depth, but that's a salty starting 11 that compares to any in the league....let's get this season started.
A bit on the Pertuz deal Obviously there's not much video on Pertuz, but he fills a need and I'll be very excited to see him in pre-season. Just have to wait and see on this one.
Goles de Blas Pérez en Tigres UANL (via mextigbar)
Ficha Técnica: Goles de Blas Pérez (via 2012CTC)
Perez goal at 2:00
USA vs Panamá Copa Oro 2009 Cuartos de Final 2 1 (via tiroagolmx)
2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup: Panama v Cuba 2-1 (via CrazyMonk316)