FC Dallas signed Pablo Aránguiz from Chilean side Unión Españolaon Tuesday, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 visa.
The 21-year-old midfielder is the first Chilean-born player to sign with the club and looks to be the direct replacement for Mauro Diaz, who departed the club earlier in July for Al-Ahli Dubai FC in the United Arab Emirates.
“He’s young but very talented,” FC Dallas head coach Óscar Pareja said after training Tuesday. “He is very willing to come and adapt to the league. For us, it’s an honor to bring this youngster from other countries who would like to grow in our league and within our club.”
Aránguiz will occupy an international roster spot. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, per team policy.
Aránguiz was linked with Los Angeles FC earlier in 2018, but he never made the move. He’s scored 11 career goals for Española in 3,335 minutes since debuting in 2016. Five of those goals came this year.
The Chilean likes to take people on the dribble when he plays. He has a quick change of pace when he receives the ball in the middle of the park.
“Pablo is a natural playmaker,” Pareja said. “He has instincts to go forward. He is very vertical in his game as well. He has that typical number 10 prowess or behaviors or glue people in the middle and try to find those smart or through passes that can hurt, especially if you have wingers, people with speed. We look forward to see that from him.”
“I would describe my play as very skillful an dominant with the ball, I think,” Aránguiz said in an interview on FCDallas.com. “I am a difference-maker.”
Aránguiz has played with Chile’s under-20s, scoring a goal against Ecuador in a 2016 friendly match. He will be eligible to play with FC Dallas immediately.