FRISCO - One of the final pieces of FC Dallas’ 2018 roster is now in place.
On Monday, the club announced the signing of Young Designated Player Santiago Mosquera from Colombia’s first division. With just 10 days left before the club begins its CONCACAF Champions League schedule, the task now is to get him quickly integrated with his new teammates.
“Mosquera has all the things we were looking for this offseason,” said FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo. “He plays specifically how Oscar [Pareja] would like to play. It was not an easy signing because he is a very high-quality player. He will make us better, for sure.”
“The good thing is that he already had a preseason, he was in full competition in Colombia, so in that part I am not worried,” Pareja said of his newest attacking player. “It's a player that we know, it's a player that we've been pursuing, so we know his characteristics, now it's just making him gel with the other players.”
Mosquera’s ability to play both on the wing and centrally is a huge asset to a Dallas attack that takes on several different looks. In a traditional 4-2-3-1, he can occupy the space opposite Michael Barrios to create a lethal offense. He can also move into a No. 10 role when Mauro Diaz is not on the field. If FCD shifts into a 4-4-2 look, the 23-year-old has also seen time as a secondary striker during his young career in Colombia.
“[Oscar] talked to me about why he brought me, what the game plan is, the tactics he plans on using,” Mosquera said of his conversations with Dallas’ head coach. “He was showcasing his trust towards me, he has high hopes for me. I hope to live up to his expectations the best way possible and to be able to back up the trust he has given me.”
“He's a player who dribbles and is a player who is going to provide us options up front,” Pareja said. “He's somebody who can take some pressure off the other forwards that we have and the opponent has another piece to be worried about, we're trying to balance that in our model and the way we play to see if we can have more volume on both sides of the field. I think he will do that.”