For those few left out there that were hoping to see left back Anibal Chala in a FC Dallas uniform in 2019, that dream is now dead in the water.
MLSSoccer.com’s Sam Stejskal spoke with FC Dallas president Dan Hunt on Thursday to confirm that the young Ecuadoran would not return to Frisco in 2019.
Spoke with FC Dallas president and owner Dan Hunt earlier. One bit of news from our convo: Anibal Chala is no longer with FCD. He's permanently with Ecuadoran club LDU Quito, where he'd been on loan for basically his entire Dallas tenure. Ex-young DP didn't play a minute in MLS.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) November 8, 2018
FC Dallas’ Carter Baum also weighed in that Chala hit a performance threshold that allowed the transfer to kick in for the club.
Loan this year had a full transfer performance threshold that was met. https://t.co/LvvfTlRUlM— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) November 8, 2018
There is no official word from the team as of this writing that state that Chala has been officially sold to LDU Quito but I would imagine that news will hit at some point this month once the two sides work out the final details of the transfer.
Chala came in before the 2017 season as a Designated Player and spent basically a month with the team before picking up an injury and later on being sent on loan to Quito. He played in one preseason game with FC Dallas before the move and has never been back since.
Will Chala go down as one of the biggest DP busts in MLS history? Maybe. Or maybe one way to look at it will be that he became the biggest waste of a DP slot in MLS history. Either way you spin it, isn’t a good look for FC Dallas, that is unless they get a healthy transfer fee in return for him.