FC Cincinnati began filling out its roster with the expansion draft and trades this week. Wednesday, the new MLS club continued the process, acquiring FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa.
FCD will receive $150,000 in GAM and may receive an additional $100,000 if Ulloa reaches certain performance objectives.
“Victor has been an unbelievable model for our organization over the last eight years and we’re proud to be associated with someone of his quality,” FC Dallas President Dan Hunt said in a statement. “It’s been a pleasure watching him grow up with this club and wish him the absolute best in his future.”
Ulloa played 144 Major League Soccer matches for FC Dallas after he was signed as a homegrown on July 30, 2010. His role on the team re-emerged after he was on the verge of being cut from Dallas. Former FCD coach Oscar Pareja gave Ulloa another chance with the team and Ulloa played his way onto the roster.
In 2016, he scored the goal that pushed FC Dallas into the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final with a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy.
In 2017, Ulloa played more of a closer role off the bench. The defensive midfielder played a bigger role in 2018, though, repaying Pareja’s faith in him by starting in 25 matches for the team. Ulloa had a goal and two assists in 2,172 minutes during 2018.
He accumulated more than 10,000 minutes with the club during his career, surpassing that mark this season in the team’s 2-1 victory over Orlando City Oct. 6. Ulloa was a key part of the FC Dallas locker room as well, being a leader when times were tough for the squad.