After a few days of rumors and speculation, FC Dallas has officially signed Colombian midfielder Andrés Ricaurte on loan from Independiente Medellín using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). Ricaurte will occupy an international slot and will be added to the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P1 Visa.
FC Dallas will have plenty of time to evaluate Ricaurte and what he brings to the table for the club as they have the option to exercise a permanent transfer on his contract in December 2021 following the duration of the loan.
The 28-year old comes to FC Dallas after spending two years with Colombian first-division club Independiente Medellín, playing 98 games, scoring 12 goals and registering 23 assists.
Ricaurte will slot in to a pretty crowded midfield when he arrives. There is some thought that he could immediately slot in on the left flank over Santiago Mosquera or Fafa Picault.
I think the length of the loan is a good one too for FC Dallas. Given how Luchi Gonzalez has five subs to play with in each game these days, he’ll be able to give Ricaurte minutes in a smarter fashion than he would had this just been your regular run-of-the-mill summer transfer. Giving him time to get accustomed to the league and to Dallas will be key and a slow drip of playing time makes sense to me until he can earn his spot.
What do you make of this transfer? Happy to see another attacking player get added to the mix?