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FC Dallas officially signs Designated Player Cristian Colman

Dan Hunt hinted at this signing during the SuperDraft.

The last two weeks have been a will they or won’t they but FC Dallas made it official today with the signing of forward Cristian Colman.

The Paraguayan striker turns 23 next year will occupy the club’s third and final Designated Player slot. FC Dallas is said to have paid the largest transfer fee in club history, upwards of $2 million for his services.

“Cristian Colmán is a guy who will come here and score goals,” FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo said. “Hopefully, he can help us to win an MLS Cup and a CONCACAF championship. We’re really excited.”

There had been a lot of back and forth in this deal with Nacional. FC Dallas beat out Liga MX side Club Leon, Argentine club Lanus and Brazilian sides Sao Paulo and Gremio for the 22-year-old goal-scorer.

Colman comes from Paraguayan side Club Nacional where he has spent the last two season. He appeared in 65 games since 2015, scoring 18 goals in that time. FC Dallas has been looking for a big-time target forward since the days of Blas Perez. Maxi Urruti was a decent number nine for the club last season, but failing to break the ten goal mark caused the club to go on a search for a DP-level scorer this offseason.