MLS Moves: Harris stays with FC Dallas

Eligible to discuss contracts with any MLS team  as a free agent, defender Atiba Harris has instead decided to stay put.

FC Dallas announced Thursday that the St. Kitts & Nevis native has signed a new contract, the duration and terms of which were not revealed. His previous contract was set to expire at the end of the month.

Harris, 31, has played 246 league games, scored 29 goals, and registered 26 assists since joining Real Salt Lake in 2006 after playing in England and Spain. He is in his second stint with FCD, for which he played in 2009 and 2010 and left in the Expansion Draft to Vancouver. He returned in 2015 via the Re-Entry Draft. In 96 appearances for FCD he’s scored nine goals and logged 11 assists.

With Harris in the squad FCD has won a Supporters’ Shield (2016), a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title (2015) and a berth in the knockout round of CONCACAF Champions’ League. Harris scored two goals in the CCL group phase for FCD, which meets Aribe Unido of Panama in the quarterfinals early next year.

“From the get go, I always wanted to be here, but last time around circumstances were different with the expansion draft but this is a good organization and good team,” said Harris to the FCD Web site. “Hopefully we can do great things.”

Harris added he was ending his international career with St. Kitts & Nevis to concentrate on winning an MLS title with FCD.

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