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FC Dallas signs defender Norberto Paparatto

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The veteran Argentine defender comes back to MLS.

MLS: Western Conference Championship-Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The rumblings of this signing came down late last week but are now official. FC Dallas announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have signed center back Norberto Paparatto.

The club sent Targeted Allocation Money to the Portland Timbers in exchange for the 32-year old’s player rights.

Paparatto joined Portland ahead of the 2014 season after spending several years in the Argentine first division with Tigre. He left the Timbers following the 2015 season where he helped push the Timbers to a MLS Cup title. He logged 1,500 minutes for Timbers FC in two seasons. Portland had a record of 11-2-6 in matches in which he appeared.

Since departing MLS this past offseason, Paparatto has appeared five times (450 minutes) for Atlético Rafaela of the Argentine first division.

According to Stumptown Footy, he was offered a contract by Portland at the end of last year, this keeping his player rights with the Timbers when he left for Argentina. That is why FCD had to send TAM to be able to sign him this summer.

If anything, this is a great depth move to have for the final couple months of the season with the Champions League games coming up and the remaining 10 games in the regular season.