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Escobar arrives on loan at Dallas, Gonzalez joins Montreal
by Paul Kennedy, February 14th, 2014 4:17PM
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TAGS:  fc dallas, mls, montreal impact


[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN] Andres Escobar's travels continue as the 22-year-old Colombian right winger joins FC Dallas on this third loan spell from Dynamo Kiev. Meanwhile, Montreal concluded the transfer of 21-year-old Uruguayan forward Santiago Gonzalez, its first import since Frank Klopas took over as coach.

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The 22-year-old Escobar will join fellow Colombian Fabian Castillo to give what FC Dallas hopes will be one of the best tandem of wingers in MLS.

"Escobar is a great young player," said FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo. "He has played in Europe for the last few years and I expect him and Fabian Castillo to form one of the best flank combinations in the league. Both players are very similar in their speed and ability to beat players one-on-one. I expect Escobar will fill the void created by the loss of Jackson [traded to Toronto FC] on the right flank."

Escobar, who will be coached by Colombian Oscar Pareja, was signed by Dynamo Kiev in 2011 but has been playing on loan spells at Deportivo Cali, his original Colombian team, and French club Evian.

Gonzalez joins the Impact after finishing first on promoted Sud America with five goals and two assists in 14 games in the Uruguayan First Division's 2013 Apertura.

"Santiago is a young striker who has already played three professional seasons," said Impact sporting director Nick De Santis. "He is a dynamic forward who moves very well and can play with his back to the goal. It will take a bit of time to adapt, but I think he can bring a different element to the team."

-- Chivas USA signed second-round draft pick Thomas McNamara out of Clemson. The midfielder, the No. 20 pick overall in the 2014 SuperDraft, has been with Chivas USA since the team started preseason camp.

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