Carlos Lizarazo’s move to FC Dallas was made official Friday, with the club announcing they have acquired the Colombian forward/midfielder on a one-year loan from Liga MX club Cruz Azul pending receipt of P-1 Visa and ITC.
Rumors surfaced in January that Dallas were eyeing the 24-year-old attacker, who failed to make any first-team appearances in one year with Cruz Azul.
“Carlos is a very talented player,” FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja said in a statement. “He is very technical, very vertical with a powerful shot. He will add something different to our team. He is an intelligent and he can play forward.”
Prior to his Cruz Azul move, Lizarazo played in 105 first division matches for Colombian side Deportivo Cali since joining the club in 2009. He netted 14 goals in six seasons.
“I am going to give [Lizarazo] a time frame of two or three months to get fit,” added Pareja. “After that, he’ll need to face some competition [to get match fit]. He needs some games, some repetition, but I am glad to be the team that gives him this opportunity. He needs this chance and we were willing to bring a guy that we know will help us in the long run.”