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TRANSFER NEWS: Carlos Gruezo sold to Bundesliga side FC Augsburg

The Ecuadorian midfielder will head back to Germany after four seasons in Frisco

MLS: FC Dallas at Atlanta United FC Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Edit: This move is now official from FC Dallas.

As arguably the least surprising summer transfer regarding FC Dallas, Carlos Gruezo is headed back to Germany after being sold to FC Augsburg, the Bundesliga club announced Tuesday morning.

Gruezo, 24, reportedly signed a five-year contract with the new club and returns to the same league FCD originally brought him in from, after coming over in 2016 as a Designated Player.

Per usual, the terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, but reports have the transfer fee at $4.5 million, with the ability to increase to $6.2 million based on incentives. If true, that would be an excellent return for FCD, who bought Gruezo for somewhere around $1.5 million in 2016.

The move represents yet another former FC Dallas player who will now make a living in the German top flight — joining recent exports Weston McKinnie and Chris Richards, among others.

In Gruezo’s four seasons in Frisco, the midfield-bossing Ecuadorian started in all but five of his 98 league appearances, racking up three goals and seven assists — not to mention a bevy of shots fired over the crossbar and possessions violently won.

Rumors of the impending move had long-been circling and most familiar with the team knew that with the arrival of the summer transfer window, it was a matter of when, not if.

The club should be relatively well-positioned to handle the loss in the interim, thanks to the increasing playing time of future Gruezo replacements Edwin Cerrillo and Brandon Servania in the months prior to and during Carlos’ absence while on international duty with Ecuador for Copa America 2019.

We’ll continue to provide updates to this story as more details of the transfer become available.