MLS transfers: FC Dallas add Colombian winger, Union sign ex-Nantes striker

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Two interesting signings in MLS have been lumnfirmed today: the Philadelphia Union’s loan move for former Ligue 1 striker Fernando Aristeguieta and FC Dallas’ signing of Colombian winger Michael Barrios.

The Toros have agreed to terms with Barrios, as his official arrival is pending the acceptance of his P-1 visa and ITC.

Barrios, 23, played four seasons at Categoría Primera A’s Uniautónoma and made 136 appearances in that span, while netting 35 goals overall.

“Despite being only 23 years old, Michael has a lot of experience in the first division in Colombia,” FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja said. “He is a player that we know can come in and help us offensively right away. He has the speed and talent to be a great player in this league.”

Dallas employed the fast-paced counterattack as a key component to their attack last season, and the speedy Barrios, similar to Andres Escobar and Fabian Castillo, should mesh well with this offensive intention.

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Over to Philadelphia, the Union have snagged a Designated Player in Aristeguieta, and due to league policy, terms of the deal were not revealed.

From January 2013 to now, the 22-year-old converted nine goals in 45 games at French top-division side Nantes, where USMNT regular Alejandro Bedoya also performs. On the international level, the Venezulan buried one goal in 12 caps since his 2010 debut.

Philadelphia manager Jim Curtin has high aspirations for his new athlete.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on the kid but I do see him as a guy set up to score goals in MLS,” Curtin said, per CSN Philly. “He can do it in a lot of different ways. He can shoot from outside the box. He can shoot off the dribble. He can run by a guy. He scores a lot from his head. He’s a big, strong kid and I’m excited to get him in the group.”