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FC Dallas Signs Panama Forward Blas Perez and Colombian Defender Hernan Pertuz

Coming to Frisco
Coming to Frisco

The off-season roared to life today as late Tuesday afternoon as FC Dallas announced a double signing of Panamanian forward Blas Perez, a veteran of the Mexican first division, and Hernan Pertuz, the Colombian defender we talked about last week.

I'll have lots more on this after I get my thoughts together, the timing of this has caught me by surprise a bit, but safe to say Dallas has signed their starting forward for 2011. Lots more to come later on great news for FC Dallas fans this evening..

Full press release after the jump

FRISCO, Texas (Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011) – FC Dallas has agreed to terms with Panamanian striker Blas Pérez and Colombian defender Hernan Pertuz, the club announced today. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Pérez, who will turn 31 on Feb. 13, scored 19 goals in 23 starts during his last full season with León of the Mexican second division. The 6-1 Panamanian had a strong showing at last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. He scored Panama’s first goal of the tournament just 29 minutes into its 3-2 win over Guadeloupe. He found the back of the net three times during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

A proven goal-scorer at the top level, Pérez scored eight goals for Tigres UANL in 2008 and nine for Pachuca in 2009. He will be called upon to provide Dallas with a consistent scoring threat at the forward position.

“Blas is a player we always had on our radar,” FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said. “We are extremely happy we found a way to bring him to MLS to play for FC Dallas. Pérez is a tremendous striker that continues to score goals everywhere he goes. We expect him to bring that finishing ability to FC Dallas.”

Along with forward Fabian Castillo, Pertúz is the second youthful Colombian FC Dallas has signed in the past year. The six-foot center back will turn 23 on March 31. He scored one goal this season with Independiente Medellín, who finished the Liga Postobon with a 6-8-4 record. The up-and-coming defender will be called upon to add depth to the FC Dallas backline.

“Pertúz is a solid center back that has captained the Colombian U-23 National Team,” said Hyndman. “He is a player that will bring us the balance we need on our team and provide us with another strong defender in this position