FC Dallas had been quiet about their summer moves for the longest time. On Thursday the club announced that they have picked up defender Walter Cabrera on loan from Paraguayan Primera Division side General Diaz, pending a P-1 Visa.
According to the press release, the 24-year-old defender who has played at center back and outside back for General Diaz, Cabrera has appeared in 61 matches for the Paraguayan Primera Division club. He's scored two goals, most recently in a 4-2 win over Sol de America on March 22. Before joining General Diaz, Cabrera spent his youth career with Cerro Porteño.
"Walter is a young player who fits very well into our style of play," said FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja. "He was part of the squad that helped General Diaz gain promotion into the first division in 2012. I feel the experience he gained there over the past five seasons will allow him to bond quickly with our team and adapt to Major League Soccer. The Paraguayan Primera Division is a very physical and competitive league. He has the experience to be a champion already and we are happy to have a player who is willing to continue his growth with us here in Dallas."
So there you have it. A young defender that ends up filling the depth void at center back. He comes in as a low-risk/high reward type of signing on loan. Plus he has a fairly decent amount of experience from the Paraguayan league.
It is interesting to think that earlier this week the club sent out a young defender on loan in Nick Walker, who is relative the same age as Cabrera. That pretty much tells me all I need to know about where the club is thinking with regards to these two players. One is more ready to contribute now while the other needs some seasoning.