Option declined following 2019 season.
Ascues is an athletic central defender with experience in both Europe and South America. A Venezuelan-born Peruvian international, Ascues can also play defensive midfield. The Lions brass will be hoping he can help shore up MLS's leakiest defense in 2018.
INTERNATIONAL: On the international stage, Ascues, who was born in Caracas, Venezuela to Peruvian parents, has made 21 senior national team appearances for Peru, scoring five goals. Ascues started two World Cup qualifiers for Los Incas in March 2016. Ascues played every minute in Peru’s third-place finish at the 2015 Copa América.
OUTSIDE MLS: Ascues joined the Lions after playing for Alianza Lima, where he made 13 league appearances and four in the Copa Libertadores in 2018. In 2017, Ascues scored four goals and made 36 appearances across all competitions for Alianza and Peruvian side FBC Melgar, winning the league title with Alianza. Prior to returning to Peru, Ascues spent two years with VfL Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga. He has also played for Benfica B (Portugal), Panetolikos Arginio (Greece), and Universidad San Martin de Porres (Peru).