David Texeira with FC Groningen
Courtesy of FC Groningen

FC Dallas sign Uruguayan youth international David Texeira to young Designated Player contract

FC Dallas have found another striker to fit into new head coach Oscar Pareja’s 4-3-3 formation, announcing on Friday the signing of Uruguayan youth international David Texeira from Dutch side FC Groningen as a young Designated Player.

Terms of the deal – pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa – were not disclosed, per league policy.

“He’s a striker who finishes, a striker who works extremely hard off the ball and is going to complement what we have already with [Andrés] Escobar, [Mauro] Díaz, [Fabián] Castillo and Blas [Pérez],” FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo said in a statement. “He’s a guy we have followed for a long time. He was probably one of the best players in the 2011 U-20 World Cup in Colombia, and from there he went to the Netherlands right away.

“He’s a very talented young man and I don’t believe he has even reached his potential yet. He’s going to be an incredible addition to our roster.”

The 22-year-old had been with FC Groningen since 2011, appearing in 65 matches and scoring 14 goals for the club. He spent the first three seasons of his career with Defensor Sporting in his home country, notching six goals in 22 appearances with the Primera División club.

Texeira also competed in the 2011 U-20 World Cup with the Uruguay U-20 national team.

He will find at least one familiar face already at FC Dallas in midfielder Díaz. The duo were teammates as teenagers in the River Plate youth system.