Frisco, TX (Sports Network) - FC Dallas announced on Friday that the club has
acquired midfielder Julian de Guzman from Toronto FC in exchange for
midfielder Andrew Wiedeman.
De Guzman was the first Designated Player in TFC history when he signed with
the club from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna in 2009.
The 31-year-old tallied two goals and eight assists for Toronto in 65 games
following a nine-year spell in Europe that included stops in France, Germany
De Guzman has also been capped 56 times by the Canadian national team.
"Julian has had a very experienced career, having played in both the German
and Spanish first divisions," said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. "He
is a central midfielder, a holding midfielder and a very skillful player. He
also has a lot of experience playing with the Canadian national team. He will
give FC Dallas an additional veteran that can solidify our possession style of
play. He also has a bit of toughness to him that will help us win 50-50 balls
and control the central midfield."
Wiedeman leaves Dallas having made eight MLS appearances after being drafted
in the second round (21st overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
The 22-year-old netted five goals with one assist in nine preseason games for
Dallas prior to the start of this season.
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