FRISCO – FC Dallas has landed a forward they hope can help the team as it pushes toward the playoffs.
The club announced the signing of 25-year-old Argentine player Matias Jara on Tuesday and the player said he has no doubts about moving to Texas.
“One's dream is always to try to play in the best leagues,” Jara said through a translator after training on Tuesday. “I think I am going to contribute to this team.”
FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo said he’s been scouting Jara for about six to eight months.
Jara was out of contract, thus able to be signed by FC Dallas. Jara played the 2011-12 season with Argentine second division side Guillermo Brown.
“He’s a striker that does a lot of things in the box. He’s mobile, he makes intelligent runs behind the defenders,” Clavijo said. “Having him close to Blas Perez and David will give us another option that we don’t have right now.”
Jara said he’s still a young player at 25 with a lot still to learn about soccer. He said MLS is respected by players in Argentina and the level of play is considered strong, which made his decision to come to Dallas an easy one.
When asked about style of play, Jara said he likes to play at the front of the attack.
Coach Schellas Hyndman said the team is evaluating how and when to deploy its new acquisition.
“He’s been a seasoned pro,” Hyndman said. “We looked at his play and thought there was some good acceleration, some tight ball skills, some finishing ability.”
Jara has liked what he’s seen so far from his new teammates. Jara was in Salt Lake City on Saturday for FC Dallas’ thrilling 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake and thinks he can help FCD battle for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
“They play good football,” Jara said. “I'm ready to help the team continue getting these results and qualify for the playoffs.”