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Transfer Rumor: FC Dallas sign Panamanian left back

FC Dallas appears to have signed another veteran defender.

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As the MLS SuperDraft has come to the weekend break between rounds two and three, it isn’t slowing down any of the rumors swirling out there for FC Dallas.

Reports out of Venezuela have linked a Panamanian National Team defender with FC Dallas:

Luis Carlos Ovalle is a 31 year old left back who will join FC Dallas on a free transfer. He has been with Deportivo Tahuichi (Venezuela top flight) since 2013, but has been loaned out for most of that time. Despite that, Ovalle has started regardless of where he has played. Ovalle is a Panamanian National Team member, who has 27 appearances over the last few years.

FC Dallas and Deportivo Tahuichi have a history, as former players Carlos Cermenos and Rolando Escobar, are both former Deportivo Tahuichi players who made their way to Frisco. Both of those players were solid veteran backups for FCD, and it is very likely that Ovalle will be the same for FCD.

Many fans may roll their eyes at this signing, but it just means they are missing the bigger picture. Why is FCD signing a veteran left back, when they already have Ryan Hollingshead and John Nelson at that position? The answer is that there is an impending move to right back for either Hollingshead or Nelson, and the team needs a veteran fullback to back them up. That’s right, this move would only be necessary if the team is planning to move starting Reggie Cannon, which has been widely speculated since the end of the 2019 season.

Tell us what you think. Does this signing signal an eventual move for Cannon? I this a player that can push for a starting job in Frisco?