It looks like in the near future FC Dallas could get their man, namely one of two Panamanian-born forwards. Will it be Blas Perez or Luis Tejada? Here’s a look at the two of them and how they might fit.
International experience: 37 caps for Panama (21 goals)
Countries played in: Panama, Mexico, Dubai, Spain, Colombia
Most recent team: Club Leon, Mexican Second Division (19 goals in 30 games), also played for San Luis of Primera Division in 2010, scoring five goals in 16 games
Biggest selling points: Consistency -- Perez has been a fairly consistent goal scorer no matter where he has played. He has produced in Mexico, Dubai, Spain and even in his native Panama. His international record for the Diablos Rojos furthers his reputation as a big-game player as Perez has done some of his best work in high-profile tournaments such as the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa Libertadores.
Drawback: He does have such a successful track record no matter the locale, but with that solid reputation also comes what could be a fairly hefty price tag. Of the two, Perez is definitely the higher priced of the two players but the tried-and-true saying applies in soccer as it does in real life that you get what you pay for. FCD might have to pay a healthy sum to get him but if his career to date is any indication, he could very well be worth every penny.
International experience: Unknown number of caps for Panama (28 goals since 2001)
Countries played in: Panama, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, United States, Peru
Most recent team: Juan Aurich of Peru’s First Division (51 goals in 24 games since 2010)
Biggest selling points: Looks to have a solid nose for the goal as he has been a fairly consistent scorer since becoming a professional. Tejada appears to be in pretty good form as he was a very productive scorer most recently in Peru. He is well-traveled and would bring a wealth of experience to FCD. Tejada has been in MLS before but his 2007 stint with Real Salt Lake lasted just one game. Still, that might be incentive for him to return stateside, to prove his previous swim was nothing more than an aberration. He could come much cheaper than Perez and also has considerable experience in high-profile events, like the 2005 Gold Cup, when he helped lead Panama to a runner-up finish.
Drawback: Tejada isn’t the proven scorer that Perez is. He only has one season where he reached double-figures in goals and that was way back in 2002 with Plaza Amador, a top-flight side in his native Panama. His numbers might not be as impressive as Perez’s but he could still make a meaningful difference for FCD.