Major League Soccer

FC Dallas sign goalkeeper Maarten Paes in permanent transfer

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Paes has impressed during his short time with FC Dallas.
Paes has impressed during his short time with FC Dallas. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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FC Dallas have taken up their permanent option on Maarten Paes, signing the goalkeeper through December 2025 with club options on the 2026 and 2027 seasons.

First revealed by 90min, Dallas signed the former Netherlands youth international on a six-month loan from FC Utrecht in January after a deal for Valencia's Cristian Rivero fell through. The loan was always made with a future permanent transfer in mind.

Dallas announced on Tuesday that they'd exercised their option to keep Paes in Texas for at least another three-and-a-half seasons. The 24-year-old has impressed at Toyota Stadium, making 28 saves in 14 MLS appearances and keeping four clean sheets, helping Dallas to fourth in the Western Conference.

Prior to joining Dallas, who are looking to return to the Playoffs after missing out in 2021, Paes made 48 senior appearances for Utrecht, keeping 12 clean sheets, while he was capped nine times for the Netherlands across various youth levels.

Dallas travel to overall leaders LAFC on Wednesday following a 2-2 draw with Texas rivals Austin FC at the weekend.

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