Preseason is underway for FC Dallas as many new faces are showing up in training. We have new guys like the rookie class that was drafted a couple weeks ago to recently Homegrown signing Aaron Guillen and new Designated Player Carlos Gruezo.
Then there are those working to get a contract, the trialist. As usual, there are a slew of them in camp. Here is a little bit about each of them. Here is a bit on the first couple to come through Frisco this preseason.
DOB: 5/4/90 (25) | Height: 6’3"
Previous Club: Al-Qadisiyah (Saudi Arabia)
The big target forward from Puerto Rico was hard to miss over the weekend. For a young player, Ramos has bounced around a decent amount over the last few years going from both the Puerto Rico United and Puerto Rico Islanders of the NASL to Salvadoran club Isidro Metapán, where he scored 37 goals in 81 appearances.
Ramos has also appeared on the Puerto Rican national team 24 times since 2010, scoring 13 goals in that span.
DOB: 8/12/91 (26) | Height: 5’11"
Previous Club: Dallas Sidekicks (MASL)
Most of you may recall this name as Ibarra came through the FC Dallas academy system. Ibarra was a four year starter at SMU between 2010-13.
The last year or so he has been in town with the Dallas Sidekicks of the Major Arena Soccer League.
Ibarra isn't technically a trialist according to the club but just a guest keeper for training.
Left back/center back
DOB: 5/2/83 (32) | Height: 5’11"
Previous Club: Colorado Rapids
A lot of people will spot this name as Figueroa brings a wealth of experience from the EPL and even MLS. He spent part of last year in Colorado with the Rapids where he appeared in 10 games. Before all of that, the Honduran native spent time with Hull City between 2013-14 and with Wigan Athletic between 2008-13.
During his time in the EPL, he made 214 appearances and won the 2013 FA Cup Final. Figueroa has made over 100 international appearances since 2003, including at three CONCACAF Gold Cups, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2012 Olympics.