After some initial rumors and speculation, this rumor quickly turned into truth today this morning as FC Dallas signed attacking midfielder Pablo Aránguiz. Aránguiz will occupy an international slot and is awaiting his ITC and P-1 Visa. Aránguiz was signed using TAM.

Pablo Aránguiz is a 21-year-old Chilean attacking midfielder who goes by the nickname of El Principito (The Little Prince). Pablo comes from Unión Española, which surprise, is the same team that FC Dallas got Mauro Díaz from (Díaz was on loan at Unión Española at the time). Now whether or not it was all meant to be, Aránguiz shows lots of promise.

Aránguiz is well known in his native Chile as he recently won the Under 20 Player of the Season as voted on by fellow players. He has already scored 5 goals this year with 5 more assists in 13 games, that’s being a part of a goal once every 1.3 games. Pablo was initially linked with LAFC earlier this season for $1.5 million as some figures are running that FCD got him at $1.25 to $1.75 million. Aránguiz can play in the #10 role and on the wings which is big a big bonus as Papi likes versatility. Pablo is not entirely like Mauro in that he will hold onto the ball more and can help out on the defense which is a valuable asset for the team. I would like to think that he is a younger, better, well-rounded Mauro. His ability to play across the attacking midfield is great considering the injury that Mosquera has appeared to have picked up.

Just from eye inspection, he plays and carries himself similarly to Mauro Díaz and you can see the potential that he has. I have a lot of hope for him and I think that he will turn out fine and will play a large role here at FC Dallas. Let’s think of Pablo as a player on his own and not as the “Díaz Replacement” as I am sure he will make a name for himself. I think that this is good business by the club and it gives Paxton and Aránguiz competition with each other to fight for that starting role.

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