After training with the FC Dallas first team last week, the club officially announced the signing of former Portland Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto today.
The signing, contingent upon the receipt of Paparatto’s International Transfer Clearance (ITC), comes with the news that FC Dallas acquired the Right of First Refusal on Paparatto from Portland. In exchange, the Portland Timbers will receive Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).
The 32 year-old Paparatto has spent the majority of his career in his native Argentina, where he most recently played five times this year for Atlético Rafaela of the Argentine first division.
Before his time at Atlético Rafaela, Paparatto spent two seasons at Portland, winning the 2015 MLS Cup with the club.
The signing of Paparatto may signal the end of defender Zach Loyd’s season for FC Dallas. Loyd suffered a concussion in the June 15th U.S Open Cup win over the Oklahoma City Energy, the third concussion of his career, and has been in the concussion protocol since the injury.
More information about Paparatto can be found here.