We picked up on this yesterday, but the club has now confirmed it - FC Dallas has signed former Swiss National Team defender, Reto Ziegler. Though not announced, it is believed Ziegler’s contract had expired and thus there was no transfer fee involved.
Ziegler is a well traveled player, having plied his trade in England, Germany, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. The longest he’s stayed with one club was from 2007 to 2011 with Sampdoria where he made 127 appearances and scored 4 goals.
Ziegler has also made 35 appearances for the Swiss National Team, but hasn’t been called in since 2014. But he did start all three games for Switzerland in the 2010 World Cup.
Not only does Ziegler have experience playing at the top flight across multiple countries, and in the game’s highest international tournament, Ziegler has also played left back and center back. This kind of versatility fits the mold of the type of player that Oscar Pareja likes to have on his roster.
The club will still need to wait on his visa and transfer, but those seem like a formality at this point.
The team still has holes in the roster, but the defense is rounding out nicely at the moment with experienced players who can help this club get back into the playoffs.