Ahead of FCD beginning pre-season training this morning, Andy Friedlander of the Dallas Morning News has an article up with a quote from Barry Gorman all but confirming the signing of 31 year old Brazilian attacking midfielder Ricardo Villar
“Right now, it’s paperwork. We’re just trying to cross T ’s and dot I ’s,” said Gorman, who coached Villar at Penn State. “He’s a very creative offensive player, a very intelligent player who works very hard on both sides of the ball. He’s going to bring a lot of creativity and style to the team.”
Of course we should reserve judgement until seeing him in person, but color me skeptical on this one as anything other than a non-guaranteed contract. The 3. Bundesliga is not an MLS standard and we all know how the last midfield signing of a player coached in college by one of our staff has gone.
Villar joins an FCD team heavy on attacking midfield talent in David Ferreira, Eric Avila, Brek Shea, Marvin Chavez and Bryan Leyva.
There's also a little bit in Andy's story about FCD's search for another forward. As I speculated last week, it looks like this guy won't be here until the summer leaving FCD incredibly thin at the forward position making a trade within the league more and more likely.
“FC Dallas had hoped to sign a strong international striker who could carry the load this season, but Gorman and Hyndman said that is not likely to happen. The club expects to bring a few forwards in for trials in camp but there will be no big splash. "We’ve worked very hard trying to find that other striker," Hyndman said. "They’re very hard to find. They’re very expensive. We’re still working on it."