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New FC Dallas signing Marquinhos Pedroso adjusting smoothly

FC dallas Dan Hunt and new player Marquinhos Pedroso hold up Pedroso’s new jersey after announcing his signing from Ferencvarosi TC last week. (Courtesy of FC Dallas)

FC Dallas announced Marquinhos Pedroso as its newest signing last week. A native of Brazil, Pedroso is now eligible to play. Left back has been a position of need for the team with Anton Nedyalkov’s departure. Currently, head coach Oscar Pareja uses a committee of sorts to temporarily solve the problem. Ryan Hollingshead, Maynor Figueroa and Kris Reaves all get playing time at the position. 

Pro Soccer USA caught up with Pedroso for a quick chat after training earlier this week.

Question: What are your first impressions of the group?

Pedroso: “My first impression is the best … because everyone is helping me. The club can give me everything to [do] a good job, so I’m feeling good now. Of course, I need more [time], because I was on vacation now for 25-30 days. … Let’s see this week. But my feelings are good, the guys are amazing.”

Q: What ideas do the coaching staff have to progress you along with the team?

“I don’t know if it’s possible if I play in this game now, because I have to wait for my papers and everything, my visa. But if everything is OK, I think maybe I can play this week. Because today, we made a small game [in training]. It’s like the game, but, of course, you don’t run like in the real game. It’s almost the same. They are speaking a little bit with me, and everyday we are — we do more and more. I’m feeling good now. Let’s wait this week [and see] what’s going to happen.”

Q: Are you getting used to the other backline players, such as Matt Hedges, Reto Ziegler, Reggie Cannon?

“After the small game we had — the guys that played [last game] didn’t participate in this part — but after [Oscar Pareja] put me with the guys, we start[ed] to work together. So, I think this is good. I’m getting fit now, and I can see how the group works. And, like I told you, I have to wait more this week, and maybe I can work more with the guys with the lineback.”

Q: How are you adapting to the United States so far?

“It’s one week, but what I see here is the best things. The weather is like in Brazil, it’s hot. Of course, it’s a little bit different because there we have the beach — but here we have lake. … I hope to go there. The organization [of the city] is perfect. It’s totally different from my country, but the people are amazing here. They receive me very well, in the restaurants, and every place that help[ed] me rent an apartment and everything. My first impressions are the best.

Q: Experience wise, what do you hope to bring to FC Dallas?

“I hope to bring my best experience, technique, physique, power. I already played many games in the Brazilian Championships. I already played in Turkey, Hungary. I hope to bring this experience. Of course, I’m still young. I’m 24 years old, but I think I can help the team with experience and everything I can offer.”

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