MLS has announced the signing of Argentine First Division player Daniel Peinado. The defensive midfielder will be assigned to the Dallas Burn.
Peinado, 29, is a 10-year veteran of Argentine professional soccer. He began his career with Estudiantes de la Plata in 1986. He spent seven years with the club (where he was a teammate of Columbus Crew defender Ricardo Iribarren) before moving to Lanus in 1993. He spent five months on loan to Colombian powerhouse America de Cali in 1996.
"I am very excited to come to the United States to play in Major League Soccer," said Peinado via phone from Argentina. "Ricardo Iribarren is a good friend of mine who speaks highly of the professionalism of the league. My wife and I look forward to learning the language and becoming part of the American society and culture. As a soccer player, I look forward to being part of the growth of the sport in the United States."
Peinado will join another star from Argentina, Diego Sonora, with the Burn. Dallas will look for Peinado to fill the defensive midfielder position played by Leonel Alvarez last season. The Colombian star now plays for Veracruz in Mexico.
"Daniel Peinado is a skillful defensive midfielder who has enormous experience and great technical ability," said MLS Senior Vice President Ivan Gazidis, who orchestrated the deal. "The shoes of Leonel Alvarez are difficult to fill, but Peinado possesses the skills and knowledge to stamp his own mark on the Dallas Burn."