FC Dallas went into the offseason with a top priority of landing a top-end striker to help push the club's quest for an MLS Cup title, and it has succeeded in that search.
Sources have confirmed to Goal USA that FC Dallas has completed a transfer for Paraguayan striker Cristian Colman, with the U.S. Open Cup champions paying a fee of more than $2 million for his services. Colman will join FC Dallas as a designated player.
According to one source, FC Dallas beat out Liga MX side Club Leon, Argentine club Lanus and Brazilian sides Sao Paulo and Gremio for the 22-year-old goal-scorer.
FC Dallas president Dan Hunt first hinted at the successful swoop in a tweet posted on Friday afternoon after telling Goal USA that the club was hoping to announce a designated player in the coming days.
We've got our forward. — Dan Hunt (@DanHuntFCD) January 13, 2017
A 6-foot-1 center forward with the strength to serve as an ideal target in FC Dallas' vaunted attack, Colman was FC Dallas top target at forward, but a move to MLS appeared to hit shaky ground once more clubs entered the chase. The increased interest forced FC Dallas to up its offer, which surpassed the $2 million mark, making it the largest fee the club has paid for a transfer.
Last season, Colman scored 11 goals in 31 matches for Paraguayan powerhouse Nacional. FC Dallas will be hoping he can be the target forward the club has been lacking since Blas Perez's peak years with the side. Maxi Urruti tried filling the role in 2016, but FC Dallas went into the winter with a clear mandate to secure the services of someone that can fill a No. 9 role.