Defender Norberto Paparatto Linked To FC Dallas Move

Former Portland Timbers defender Norbert Paparatto is on his way to FC Dallas according to a tweet by Argentinian soccer reporter Emmanuel Quispe.

Paparatto, 32 years-old, played two seasons in Portland in 2014 and 2015, recording 19 regular season appearances and three postseason appearances with the Western Conference club.

Normally deployed as a center back, Paparatto has spent his entire career in his native Argentina, with the exception of his two years with Portland. Paparatto began his career with brief stints at Club Atletico Lanus and Tiro Federal before becoming a mainstay at Club Atletico Tigre in Buenos Aires.

While at Tigre, Paparatto made 126 appearances in the Argentine Primera Division from 2007-2014, serving as the club captain in his final season with the team.

Paparatto made three playoff appearances during Portland’s run to their first MLS Cup last season, although he remained on the bench during the win in the final over the Columbus Crew.

Paparatto moved from the Timbers to Atletico de Rafaela in Argentina this past off season on a free transfer.

Paparatto would provide FC Dallas with increased depth in defense following the acquisition of Aubrey David on loan and with the anticipated return of defender Zach Loyd from a concussion.

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