It didn't take long for FC Dallas to make some player moves as preseason began on Saturday. The club announced that they signed Young Designated Player Carlos Gruezo.
The 20-year old DP comes from Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart, where he made his debut in 2014. The Ecuadorian midfielder also made the 2014 World Cup squad. Overall he has made 18 appearances for Stuttgart and 10 for the Ecuador Men's National Team since 2014.
Gruezo was the fourth-youngest player at the 2014 FIFA World Cup behind Fabrice Olinga (Cameroon, Malaga), Luke Shaw (England, Manchester United) and Julian Green (USA, Bayern Munich). He is also the second-youngest player to have started a match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup behind only Luke Shaw.
It should be noted that FCD paid a hefty transfer fee for Gruezo, somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.5 million. Typically the club hasn't forked over that kind of money for a player but the potential that Gruezo has was a key factor in the signing. For now, FCD is at their three DP capacity on the roster but with the new Target Allocation Money available, the team can still go out and sign a couple more players before the season begins.
What do you all make of this signing? Happy to see the roster come together in this manner?