After a couple weeks of being a rumor and then getting a slight confirmation last week with the league's player salaries being revealed, FC Dallas has now officially added Ezequiel Cirigliano to the roster on loan.
The 23-year old midfielder has spent time with famed Argentina side River Plate as well as Italian side Hellas Verona. Targeted Allocation Money was used to acquire the player.
Cirigliano began his career in 2009 with River Plate. From 2009-10 to 2012-13, he started 47 times and made another 12 appearances as a substitute. The midfielder played in Italy with Hellas Verona during the 2013-14 season on loan. Cirigliano made 13 appearances for the Serie A side before returning to River Plate last season.
The early report that I've been given on the midfielder is that he should be expected to be the midfield destroyer that the club has been looking for here in the last year to fill in behind Mauro Diaz. Fernando Clavijo described him as a ball winner that will compliment what the club has in place.
Once Cirigliano gets acclimated to the travel and the style of play in MLS, I would imagine he could be that Kyle Beckerman or Osvaldo Alonso type player that Oscar Pareja has been looking for here in his lineup. I would stress the importance of him getting some time to adjust to being in the US and with FC Dallas before hyping him up too much though. New players always take a couple months to really get used to how things go in this league.
Are you excited about this signing now that it is official?