Update 1/15/21 @ 11:30 am CT: FC Dallas has now made this move official. Vargas will occupy an international slot and will be added to the roster pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
There’s a report out of Venezuela that FC Dallas has acquired Venezuelan left wing Freddy Vargas on loan.
@FUTVEEnglish has been reporting on FC Dallas interest for the Deportivo Lara (Venezuela top flight) player for several days now. Recently posting that the deal is done:
After extending his contract at Deportivo Lara for 2 years yesterday, Vargas will move to #FCDallas on loan with an option to buy clause.— FUTVE English (@FUTVEEnglish) January 14, 2021
He had the 2° highest @InStatFootball rating in Liga #FUTVE in 2020 (260) – Robert Hernandez was top (277) – scoring 5 & assisting 3. #venex pic.twitter.com/dnlVAOZf8B
According to their reports, FC Dallas is acquiring Vargas on a one year loan with an option to buy.
The 21-year old winger is capable of playing on both sides of the pitch and has even played up top and as a right back! That’s the kind of versatility that FC Dallas craves in all of its attacking players.
Despite his young age, Vargas has played in 78 matches (51 starts) for Deportivo Lara, while participating in two Copa Libertadores games, and one Copa SudAmeircana game. Vargas has also been an integral part of a club that has reached the Venezuela league final twice.
While Vargas has only scored five goals and four assists in those 78 appearances, he has earned a reputation for being a disruptive attacker who generates a high level of opportunities for those around him.
If you’ve followed FC Dallas for a long time, then you’ll recognize that his is exactly the type of player they are known to go after. A young and fast, South American but unknown, affordable with a ton of upside, and most importantly in an area of need.
Here’s a tactical breakdown of what Vargas brings to the table:
As you can see, Vargas is raw but has a lot of tools to work with. Clearly not a finished product, but a player that has a ton of potential. He could become a real force under the right guidance. Then again, potential doesn’t guarantee anything.
Let us know what you think. Is Vargas another breakout player like Barrios was, or is he another in a long line of FC Dallas busts?