Jara went through his first training session with the club on Tuesday, after he had signed a pre-contract to join the club as a Designated Player in the winter. Jara, 31, joins Dallas from Pachuca of Liga MX, where he's been a consistent goal-scorer for the past six seasons, netting 60 times in 131 appearances.
Following his debut practice, Jara told reporters in a conference call that he's itching to get to work ahead of next month's MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, adding that he's been studying his new team closely from afar until he was cleared to travel to Dallas.
"[MLS] is a competitive league that just keeps growing, so that’s what brought me interest, club-wise, but as well as the competition," Jara said. "Looking at FC Dallas, I followed them every day after I signed the pre-contract just to get to know what kind of club we are. I just try to take it day by day and learn little by little to learn what I can about the league and the club.
“MLS has grown a lot recently. If I’m not mistaken, they’ve brought 30 players from big teams, from important leagues. That makes [the league] more interesting. One would like to have an experience like this. From the family point of view one was looking for a better education for their children. Also being part of a club like FC Dallas, so organized, with a training facility that’s so different, so beautiful."
Expectations are certainly high.
Jara becomes the club's highest-paid player, and will be tasked with carrying the goal-scoring load on Dallas' front line. Integrating with his new teammates, who will be trying to reestablish their chemistry themselves after the lengthy layoff, will add to the challenge, but Jara said he's not taking it as pressure.
“Personally, I love the format," he added of the upcoming tournament. "To already be playing elimination games motivates me. You have to be concentrated from the first game. The format that they’re using is similar to a World Cup. It makes me happy. I hope I can have everything ready, like paperwork. And, physically, to be ready for the coach.”