FC Dallas signs forward Franco Jara to a pre-contract on January 21, 2020. Jara will be added as a Designated Player upon the opening of the Secondary Transfer Window in July.
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Scored 83 goals and recorded 19 assists in 169 appearances for Liga MX’s CF Pachuca since he joined in 2015. He was part of the team that won the 2016 Clausura that qualified them for the 2016-2017 Concacaf Champions League, where he scored six goals to help Pachuca win their fifth title, including two goals against FC Dallas in the Semifinals.
The Argentine striker started his soccer career in Arsenal de Sarandí’s youth system and made his professional debut for the Argentine’s Primera División team in a 1-0 loss against Argentinos Juniors on May 23 2008. Jara recorded nine goals and four assists in 50 appearances for the club before signing a five-year deal with Portuguese’s Primeira Liga side S.L. Benfica in 2010. While with Benfica, Jara scored 11 goals and added four assists in 47 appearances. He also had stints with Granada CF, San Lorenzo de Almagro and Estudiantes de La Plata between 2011-2014, recording nine goals and nine assists across all teams and competitions.
In 2015, Jara signed with Greek first-division team Olympiacos FC and scored six goals in 17 appearances, including the opening goal in the first half of the Greek Football Cup final against Skoda Xanthi FC that helped Olympiacos win their 27th Greek Cup title on May 23, 2015.
Jara has four appearances for the Argentina National Team. He was first called up on Jan. 19, 2010 and made his international debut for La Albiceleste in an international friendly match against Costa Rica on Jan. 27, where he scored the game-winning goal in the 3-2 win.