As was expected at the beginning of the 2019 campaign, Carlos Gruezo has left FC Dallas. The transfer was announced on July 3rd, 2019, as he was sold to German Bundesliga side Augsburg for a club-record fee of 4.5 million dollars. The transfer can rise to 6.2 million dollars if certain criteria are met, and FC Dallas retain a 20% sell-on clause.
Gruezo was signed by FC Dallas in preparation for the 2016 season from German side VFB Stuttgart for a reported 1.7 million dollars. Since then, Carlos Gruezo has been a lock-in starter for the boys in red, starting 114 matches across all competitions in 3 1/2 years for the club, scoring 5 goals and notching 7 assists in the process.
“I want to thank you for the three and a half years that I was here,” Gruezo said, in a final message to the fans on fcdallas.com. “I appreciate every moment, every match, every training, and give thanks to the club for giving me the opportunity to take my game to the next level”.
For the three seasons that Carlos Gruezo was at the club, FC Dallas was able to win the Open Cup and the Supporters shield, the first trophies the club has won since 1997. His consistency and tenacity is one that rivaled the best defensive midfielders that the league has ever seen.
Carlos Gruezo will never be remembered for the big moments, like goals or moments of magic. But his stability and defensive ability should be remembered as the best the club has ever seen. He will be remembered as one of the best players that FC Dallas produced
“I’m a little sad because I felt very comfortable here, but that’s football. Thank you for your support. I hope one day I can return to FC Dallas and continue to bring joy. Thank you to my teammates, thanks to the coaching staff, and thanks to the club for giving me the opportunity. I will miss you very much. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate every moment I had here. From my family and I, we thank you”.
“I appreciate every moment, every match, every training…”
Watch @GruezoArmando‘s goodbye message to the fans.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) July 3, 2019
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