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FC Dallas ink Argentine striker Franco Jara from Liga MX’s Pachuca

Franco Jara will join FC Dallas as a Designated Player at the start of MLS’ secondary transfer window in July.

Pachucas' Argentine forward Franco Jara (R) vies for the ball with Pumas' goalkeeper Alfredo Saldivar during their Mexican Clausura football tournament match at the Olympic University stadium in Mexico City on January 12, 2020. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)

FC Dallas are enlisting the help of a former opponent to boost their attacking options in 2020.

Argentine striker Franco Jara, who scored twice to help Pachuca knock FC Dallas out of the 2016-17 Concacaf Champions League semifinals, signed a pre-contract with the MLS side Tuesday.

He will be a Designated Player and occupy an international roster spot once he arrives in July at the start of Major League Soccer’s secondary transfer window.

“After we saw how well Franco Jara played against us during 2017 Concacaf Champions League matches, I promised myself that I would work to get him in an FC Dallas uniform if that opportunity ever became available,” FC Dallas president Dan Hunt said in a prepared statement. “He is a proven goal scorer. We’re confident that when he arrives in North Texas, he’ll be able to contribute right away.”

Jara, 31, has scored 76 goals and added 19 assists in 158 appearances with Liga MX side Pachuca, which he joined in 2015 after stints at Olympiacos FC in Greece, Portuguese powerhouse Benfica, Spanish side Granada CF and Argentine clubs San Lorenzo Almagro and Estudiantes de La Plata.

Pachuca have reaped the benefits of Jara’s attacking prowess, as the Mexican side won the 2016 Liga MX Clausura and 2016-17 Concacaf Champions League titles with the Argentine deployed as the main offensive spearhead.

Jara has represented the Argentina men’s national team, too, with one goal in four appearances between 2010-11.

He joins fellow Designated Players Bryan Acosta and Santiago Mosquera on FC Dallas and will likely lead an attacking corps currently composed of Jesus Ferreira, Fafa Picault, Zdenek Ondrasek, Ricardo Pepi, Francis Atuahene, Ema Twumasi, and Dante Sealy.

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