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MLS Ticker: Aristeguieta joins Union as Young DP; FC Dallas adds Barrios; and more




The Philadelphia Union have officially added another attacking threat in the form of a young Venezuelan striker.

The Union announced Friday that Fernando Aristeguieta has officially joined the club on a season-long loan from Ligue 1’s FC Nantes. The deal, which will see the 22-year-old forward join as a Young Designated Player, will also contain an offer to buy at the conclusion of the season.

“We’re very excited to add Fernando to our roster,” technical director Chris Albright said in a statement. “He adds a different quality up front and has experience at both the international and club levels. He’s a player with a very bright future and we look forward to him having an immediate impact as we approach the season.”

Aristeguieta, who has made 13 international appearances for Venezuela, has scored nine times in 45 matches for Nantes, home of U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya. The forward’s best season came in the 2012-13 campaign when he scored seven goals while helping Nantes gain promotion to Ligue 1.

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The Union were not the only team to bolster its attack on Friday.

FC Dallas has officially signed Colombian winger Michael Barrios to a contract. Barrios, 23, has been with Colombian club Uniautonoma the last four seasons, scoring 35 goals in 136 appearances.

“Despite being only 23 years old, Michael has a lot of experience in the first division in Colombia,” FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja said in a statement. “He is a player that we know can come in and help us offensively right away. He has the speed and talent to be a great player in this league.”


The Seattle Sounders were the lone MLS team in preseason action on Thursday, and they were forced to settle for a draw.

The Sounders faced off against NASL outfit Minnesota United in the MLS club’s latest preseason match, and the two sides played to a 1-1 draw in Arizona that included a pair of neat goals. Seattle took the lead initially on a driven Kenny Cooper free kick, but that was canceled out by a low strike from U.S. Men’s National Team winger Miguel Ibarra.

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David Estrada will not be returning for a second season with D.C. United.

Estrada has seen his trial with D.C. United come to a close without a contract offer. The 27-year-old Mexican forward – who arrived in D.C. last August via a trade from the Seattle Sounders – had been hoping to secure another deal with the Eastern Conference team that he made nine appearances for in 2014.


What do you think of the Union signing Aristeguieta? Expecting Barrios to become a starter or role player in Dallas? How impressed were you with the sequence that led to Ibarra’s goal?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Rumor had it, Sounders and Cosmos tried to swoop in at the last minute and take Nando on a full transfer. If true, I’m glad they failed. But I’d love to read articles about all that kind of behind the scenes chicanery.

    • The only swoop was safe offering Nantes a full transfer instead of a loan deal not like sounders need another striker and our DP slots are full up. Have fun with it tho

  2. Estrada has lived in the U.S. since he was 4 months old. He doesn’t count as a foreign player on MLS rosters. Therefore, he’s American.


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