FC Dallas signs Argentine Marcos Charras

April 29, 2006

FRISCO, Texas -- FC Dallas announced the signing of former Argentina-youth international defender Marcos Charras. The 22-year-old left-sided player joins the Hoops after a recent spell at Quilmes of the Argentine First Division, where he arrived in September of 2005 following a six-month stint with Velez Sarsfield, also from the top division in Argentina. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We've been searching for a while for a left-sided player," said FC Dallas Head Coach Colin Clarke. "I saw Marcos back in December and it's been a long-time happening to get him here but we're glad to have him here now. He's going to give us options on the left side. He's equally as comfortable as a fullback or a as midfielder, so he has good versatility and he likes to get forward into the attack."

As an 18-year old in 2002, Charras made the jump from the youth system of Rosario Central in Argentina to CSKA Sofia of the Bulgarian First Division. However, prior to joining CSKA, Charras was selected to be part of the practice team that trained against Argentina's national team prior to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan.

Charras will be eligible to play this weekend against D.C. United and will occupy the fourth youth international slot available and will be on the senior roster. Forward Abe Thompson moves to the developmental roster. Finally, defender Miguel Guante was released.