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Dallas Signs Davino

*After several days of financial negotiations, FC Dallas has reached agreement with Mexican central defender Duilio Davino. The club's pursuit of Davino was first reported on the Insider a few weeks ago. Dallas will formally announce the move this afternoon. He'll turn 32 in March and brings 10 years of experience with Club America and 80 national team appearances. What do you think of the signing? Good move, yes?

*Contrary to reports in the Latin American media, D.C. United folks say they know nothing about a rumored friendly between their club and Bolivar of Bolivia this spring.

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2008; 4:49 PM ET
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VERY good signing. He's a bit of a cheap-shot artist, though. Skilled, experienced defender, just can't hurt. Any word on the terms?

Posted by: CommonSense | January 9, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

If Davino brings the same attitude that Claudio Suarez brought to Chivas USA, he'll be a great signing for MLS/FCD.

How many Mexican players are there in MLS? (More than there are US players in the Mexican top league?)

Are any of them under 30?

Posted by: NAFTA | January 9, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Great move by FCD. Last year i thought their defensive consistancy looked terrible at best. This should help their cause.

Posted by: alex | January 9, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

As a FCD season ticket holder, I say that he has to be an improvement. The typical match last year would be FCD dominating possession for long stretches, only to be undone by a cheap goal totally against the run of play. With an airtight (or at least scrappy) defense they can go a long way. The FCD back line lacks the bite of our hated rival Houston- we seem to get pushed around easily in the physical battles. Yeah, he is a bit of a cheap-shot artist but he'll make the other forwards think twice before trying to dance through the park.

The botched courtship of the local Mexican fans in Dallas is a laundry list of horrors post-Hugo Sanchez. We all love PHP but the location is really tough for the core Mexican fan. That said, Houston has been embraced by the local hispanics in a big way, so there is hope here.

Posted by: greg | January 9, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

FCD needs the help and a little bite in their back line will do them good. The knock on Mexican players and their league is that they play them so much (so many minutes per year) that they physcially wear out. I hope this is not true with Davino.

Steve - You mentioned earlier today that DCU might be playing some games in Texas during pre-season. Dallas or Houston? Being in Texas, I want to make sure I'm there. :)

Posted by: Crazy Al | January 9, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

When FCD came back on DCU last summer I can remember Serioux being quite the force that day. Although Serioux is in and out of favor, I think that his presence along side Davino can be a ball-breaker for any offense. Good signing. He fills a void on the field, but will Americanistas come out to support him in the land of the whities in Frisco?

Posted by: lprevolution | January 9, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

What is the Status of Toja for next season? I remember he was on loan, will he still be in in dallas next year?

Posted by: SDC | January 9, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

toja's option has been picked up and we are negotiating a buyout of his loan deal to make him a permanent FCD player

Posted by: ben | January 9, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

How many America fans do you see with Davino jerseys? The only fans who dislike Davino more than America fans are El Tri fans who will always see him only as Lavolpe's son in law (the reason he made the team) and a completely useless player.

My guess is that the remaining 2 Mexican fans of FCDallas just dropped their 2008 season tickets.

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 9, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Interesting, i knew not to believe the bolivian media completely. So Goff do you think they are bluffing? Or are they for real? In your opinion.

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | January 9, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"the land of the whities in Frisco"

I'm not a huge fan of political correctness, but there must be a better way to rephrase this sentiment. Suburbia is not necessarily racially homogenous either. As a matter of fact, one of the highest concentrations of Latinos in the DC area is in the more-distant suburb of Herndon.

I view this as a signing of a quality defender who happens to be Mexican, not as a calculated race-aware move by the marketing department. When you improve your product more Latinos will show up, but so will more 'whities' and 'purples' and any other subgroup you wish to denigrate.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | January 9, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

If he's in the 200k or less range, then it should be a fantastic signing. Marketable, skilled, and definitely fills a need. The antithesis of the Denilson signing.

Posted by: Steve | January 9, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Towards the end of the season, Dallas was playing Ricchetti and Serioux as defensive midfielders. With the addition of Davino, Dallas will have to worry about an already card-prone team. That said, he's better than any center back they have, and it was the area they needed to improve most. I have a feeling the marketing angle is a distant second to the fact that Dallas couldn't hold a team of 5 year olds to a shut out last season.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | January 9, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Item of note from the dark days of SI's vacation:

Dennis Alas, Promising Salvadorian Player Comes To Real Maryland F.C.

Posted by: WNT fan | January 9, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Item of note from the dark days of SI's vacation:

Dennis Alas, Promising Salvadorian Player Comes To Real Maryland F.C.

Posted by: WNT fan | January 9, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse


Any word where Goodson will be going after NT Camp? It's been rumored Europe but where?

Posted by: tex | January 9, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

We know we isn't a DP, but how much is he counting against the cap?

Posted by: Steve | January 10, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Davino is a complete and total cheap shot hacker and flop artist, a perfect fit for the candystripers. Why is it that that team has been so bad for so long? Here's a prime example. No wonder Dynamo own that "rivalry." Our prime worry playing those guys is trying not to get hurt when they hack and slash all game long. The Davino signing shows that's not going to change anytime soon. So, so typical, a little d for a little d.

Posted by: Martek | January 10, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

That is stupid why woud Davino move to play for the MLS the Mexican league is known to be one of the best

Posted by: Leo | January 10, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

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