Colombian winger Michael Barrios has committed his future to FC Dallas. His contract is two years guaranteed, with options on the latter two years. This is a contract extension that was long overdue.
Barrios has had a breakthrough season, with 10 assists so far in the 2017 season. This eclipses his previous two assists in each of his past two seasons in North Texas. The 26-year-old had struggled to break into the side his first few months of the 2015 season, with Pareja opting for Tesho Akindele and Ryan Hollingshead; but once he got acclimated, Barrios has been one of the first names on Pareja’s team sheet.
Barrios’ electric pace and improved ball service has not only boosted his stock, but has propelled the careers of Maximiliano Urruti and Roland Lamah, who have been in red hot form.
Per MLS policy, the details of his salary in his improved deal were not disclosed. With his original deal, the Colombian is earning $100,000 for the 2017 season. Many believed that Barrios was severely underpaid given his contribution to the team in goals scored his first two seasons, and his league leading 10 assists the first half of the 2017 season. It is expected that Barrios will earn a significant pay raise with his new contract.