After plenty of transfer speculation, FC Dallas signed Honduran midfielder Bryan Acosta to a designated player contract Tuesday. Acosta joins Major League Soccer from Spanish Segunda Division side Tenerife.
Acosta has made 16 appearances for Tenerife, scoring two goals for the team in the midfield. He did not play with the team in its most recent match against Elche CF due to the looming transfer.
Acosta reinforces the midfield as Dallas continues to retool its roster. Earlier offseason signings included Brazilian centerback Bressan and Polish forward Zdeněk Ondrášek. It’s the first designated player move for new head coach Luchi Gonzalez, who took over for Oscar Pareja after the 2018 MLS Season.
“Acosta is a player we’ve had our eye on for some time,” FC Dallas President Dan Hunt said in a statement. “This is a player whose ceiling is incredibly high in the central midfield and with a lot of international experience under his belt at just 25 years old, he’ll bring an immediate impact to our club in 2019.”
The 25-year-old moved to Tenerife in 2017 after starting his career with Real Espana in Honduras. He signed a four-year contract in 2017 before his departure to FC Dallas.
Acosta also brings international experience with the Honduran national team. Acosta has 33 appearances for his national team and has become a key part of ‘Los Catrachos, playing in the key 3-2 World Cup qualifier win over Mexico to push the team into the qualification match against Australia. He did not play in the first leg of the qualifier match but went 90 minutes in the second match, a 3-1 loss at ANZ Stadium.
Acosta’s signing brings FC Dallas’ number of Designated Players to four, joining Carlos Gruezo, Cristian Colman and Santiago Mosquera. The team will need to either buy down using Targeted Allocation Money or move a player to follow MLS Roster Regulations, unless there is a change to league rules that allows four DPs.