FC Dallas signs Andres Ramiro Escobar on loan

The 22-year-old Colombian arrives from Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev to join a retooled Dallas attack under new coach Oscar Pareja.
FC Dallas added another piece to its retooled attack Friday, signing Colombian forward Andres Ramiro Escobar on loan from Dynamo Kiev.

Escobar, 22, signed with Kiev in 2011 from Deportivo Cali in Colombia. He has not made a first-team appearance for Kiev, however, while spending portions of his tenure on loan to Cali and Ligue 1 side Evian.

"I've known Andres for a long time and had been following him since his early years at Deportivo Cali," said Dallas coach Oscar Pareja in a news release. "He is a player we wanted to bring to the team a few years ago but it wasn't the right time. After the experience he has gained in Europe and his growth as a player, we feel that now is the right moment to bring him to FC Dallas."

Escobar figures to join Blas Perez and Fabian Castillo in first-year coach Pareja's three-man front line, while summer acquisition Mauro Diaz is poised to occupy the playmaker's spot in front of new defensive midfieders Hendry Thomas and Adam Moffat. Among Dallas' departures this offseason have been midfielders David Ferreira and Jackson and striker Kenny Cooper.

"Escobar is a great young player," said Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo. "He has played in Europe for the last few years and I expect him and Fabian Castillo to form one of the best flank combinations in the league. Both players are very similar in their speed and ability to beat players one-on-one. I expect Escobar will fill the void created by the loss of Jackson on the right flank."

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