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MLS Ticker: FC Dallas lands Castillo, Portland signs Perlaza and Red Bulls add Tainio

Fabian Castillo (GettyImages)

A flurry of major player acquisitions were announced by Major League Soccer teams on Monday. Here's a quick rundown.

FC Dallas announced the signing of Colombian Under-20 striker Fabian Castillo from Deportivo Cali. Considering the significant dollar amounts being linked to this move, the 18-year-old Castillo will be expected to step in and be an impact striker.

The Portland Timbers made official the long-expected signing of striker Jorge Perlaza from Deportes Tolima. Already settling in as Kenny Cooper's likely strike partner, Perlaza brings a combination of size and speed that could help him challenge for MLS Newcomer of the Year honors.

New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe dropped a tasty nugget amid talk of team injuries when he revealed rather matter-of-factly that the club had signed Finnish defender/midfielder Teemu Tainio. A former Tottenham and Ajax player, Tainio steps in as arguably New York's most impressive off-season acquisition and gives the team depth at multiple positions, including right back and central midfield.

What do you think of these moves? Excited to see what Castillo and Perlaza can do in MLS? Confident that Tainio can provide a significant upgrade on the right side of the field?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. say word? that’s cool. I’m a way bigger USMNT fan than Red Bulls fan, so maybe i’ll try to link with the Outlaws group. I’m definitely going to that Argentina game. Should be bananas. Anyway, wish there was a Brooklyn pick up soccer league to play in. I just moved here from ATL. I suck, but its fun to run around.

  2. On train rides back from games there are quite a few fans…. you should check American Outlaws Brooklyn… they meet in Bay Ridge for USMNT games some of those dudes are Red Bull fans…. There really isnt a Brooklyn FC, though I wish that is where the Cosmos ends up. I think there is a PDL team that plays in Ridgewood Queens that is called a Brooklyn Team


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