Milton Rodriguez is the newest addition to the FC Dallas squad. FC Dallas acquired Rodriguez from Real Cartagena of his native Colombia. He has 137 career goals and has played in Colombia, South Korea and Australia.
The Colombian striker won’t be able to play in an FCD uniform until after the July 15 transfer window, but he recently sat down with FCDallas.com to talk about his new team, new surroundings and what his role might be. The interview was translated by an FC Dallas staffer.
FCDallas.com: Tell us a little bit about your background, where you’re from and how you came to Dallas.
Milton Rodriguez: I’ve had the opportunity to play in eight different clubs in Colombia, South Korea and Australia. I’m a very mobile goal scorer. I’m very glad I got the opportunity to play here in Dallas. I want to score some goals.
FCDallas.com: Dallas has had a couple of guys from Colombia play for the team. Does it make it easier for you to transition having David Ferreira and Jair Benitez on the team?
Rodriguez: I’ve had the chance to play with Jair in club play there in Colombia and also with David internationally for the Colombian selection team. Obviously, having that companionship makes the transition a lot easier both on the field and off the field here in the United States.
FCDallas.com: Talk about the scouting process that brought you to Dallas – how did the coaches approach you?
Rodriguez: All this started through my agent and the contacts here in the United States with Oscar Pareja and David and Jair. Thank goodness we had a good contact together and they had good recommendations. Luckily I was able to land here. It worked out and now I’m here.
FCDallas.com: Dallas has another veteran striker in Jeff Cunningham. Are you familiar with him? How do you think you could pair up top with him to help the team score goals?
Rodriguez: I have heard of Jeff. I know he’s a great, prolific goal scorer. Jeff obviously has the speed and I have the ball touch and control. The main point is to make sure that the team benefits.
FCDallas.com: Tell us a little bit about your life off the field.
Rodriguez: My family is very, very excited to have this opportunity. Once I get adapted to the culture here and the lifestyle I plan on bringing them. I’m married; we have a little boy and a little girl. They’re very, very excited to join me here in the States.
FCDallas.com: Anything else FC Dallas fans should know about you?
Rodriguez: Basically I just want to provide a lot of goals and just bring them a lot of joy. I want to put a lot of goals in the back of the net for the fans and for FC Dallas.
Head coach Schellas Hyndman said he would like to get Rodriguez into a game as soon as the July 15 transfer window passes. His first opportunity will be in the game against Real Salt Lake on July 17. In the meantime Rodriguez will be able to train with the squad and participate in exhibition games.