Major League Soccer

Alan Velasco marks FC Dallas debut with a goal

Lizzy Becherano
former Independiente player Alan Velasco scores on his FC Dallas debut
former Independiente player Alan Velasco scores on his FC Dallas debut / Ernesto Ryan/GettyImages

Alan Velasco marked his FC Dallas debut with an 87th minute goal to seal the team’s 2-0 victory over Nashville SC on Saturday at Toyota Stadium. 

The offseason addition made the run from his own half before beating Nashville defenders to reach the right side of the box and strike the ball into the opposite corner. Goalkeeper Joe Willis made the dive, but there was no stopping Velasco’s goal. 

The player earned praise from teammates and head coach Nico Estevez, as he was recognized as the perfect acquisition.

"What he showed on the field is what we were looking for. For that reason, it's why we made the investment on him. We were fighting to get him because he is a really good player," Estevez said.

"I think it’s also the way we play that helps him build some confidence because he will always have some confidence to do his things. We are very pleased with what he did and we will keep helping him reach his full potential." 

Homegrown midfielder Brandon Servania added: "He had a really amazing debut. What more can you ask for? He came off the bench and gave us a spark, got us a goal, and gave me an assist.

"I’m looking forward to gaining some more chemistry with him and he showed what he can do tonight. He’s a really good player and hopefully he can build on that."

Velasco celebrated his performance and the victory by claiming the goal has been his favorite to date. 

"I scored a similar goal versus Colon in Argentina, I started all the way from half field and was able to score. I think that one was my second favorite goal and this one is my new favorite one.”

The player joined Dallas as a Young Designated Player from Independiente, signing for a club-record fee. He recorded 10 goals and 10 assists in 71 all-competition appearances for the Argentinian side before joining Major League Soccer

His move marked one of many for FC Dallas during the offseason as the team added Paul Arriola in a trade with D.C. United and transferred USMNT striker Ricardo Pepi to Bundesliga side FC Augsburg.