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Michael Barrios obtains green card, no longer counts towards international roster slot

An open roster slot is now there for the taking.

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

FC Dallas now has a little flexibility in their roster. Today the club announced Michael Barrios has obtained his U.S. permanent resident card, or green card, and will not count towards one of FCD’s eight international roster spots.

It also omits him from international player limitations surrounding Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play, where teams are only allowed to dress five international players per match.

The Colombian winger has 19 goals and 19 assists in 98 regular season matches since joining Dallas in February 2015.

Opening a international roster spot gives FC Dallas the ability to recall one of their two first round draft picks, Francis Atuahene or Ema Twumasi. Both are still officially on loan with USL affiliate OKC Energy FC. Atuahene led OKC to a season-opening win on March 17 in his loan appearance. Twumasi has made five appearances with two starts for Energy FC.

FC Dallas is also still working on getting Roland Lamah a green card as well. That process is still being worked on as of this writing.