MLS Moves: FC Dallas adds two to its international mix

Two veteran players from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean have joined the ranks of Supporters’ Shield winner FC Dallas.

Ivorian winger Roland Lamah and Costa Rican right back Jose Salvatierra have signed MLS contracts and will be added to the FCD roster when their paperwork is completed.

FCD is beefing up its roster in preparation for the start of Concacaf Champions League play along with the MLS season. Earlier this week it announced it had re-signed veteran defender Atiba Harris and acquired the rights to 20-year-old Ecuadorian Anibal Chala.  It plays the first leg of a CCL quarterfinal series against Arabe Unido of Panama on Feb. 23.

"They are players who are going to step in and help us achieve the goals we are trying to do this year," said FCD technical director Fernando Clavijoto the team's Web site. "We're going to win the Concacaf Champions and we're going to win MLS Cup, and we need these type of players to be able to help us."

Lamah, 28, joins FCD after playing three seasons in Hungary with Ferencvaros, for which he scored 12 goals in 54 appearances. Born in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, Lamah began his pro career at 16 in the Belgian third division with CS Vise. He played on loan in the Netherlands with Roda JC, for which he scored 11 goals in 32 games, then moved to France to play for Le Mans (10 goals in 96 matches). Another move took him to Spanish club Osasuna, where he managed just three goals in 45 games. He also played on loan with Swansea City and scored twice in 14 games.

After representing Ivory Coast at the youth level, Lamah changed his allegiance to Belgium and has registered five senior caps. According to Clavijo, the left-sided attacker has been signed in part to replace Fabian Castillo, who left FCD last summer in a transfer to Turkish club Trabzonspor.

Salvatierra, 27, is yet another Costa Rican player signed to an MLS deal after playing against league teams and the USA in Concacaf competitions. He played eight seasons for Alajuelense, his first pro club, and comes to FCD on loan after scoring nine goals in 155 appearances and helping it win five league titles as well as the Copa Centroamericana in 2013. He has played 30 times for Costa Rica, including games against the USA at the Copa America Centenario in July and the 4-0 Hexagonal rout last month.

“He’s someone who’s going to step onto the field and be one of the players that we need to play and compete in the tournaments we are going into,” said Clavijo.

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