The Houston Dynamo FC exercised the option to purchase Panamanian international midfielder Adalberto “Coco” Carrasquilla, who was linked to FC Cartagena of Spain’s LaLiga SmartBank, both clubs announced.
Carrasquilla, 23, now has a guaranteed contract with the Dynamo until the 2024 season, with the option to extend it until 2025. The midfielder joined the American team on August 5, 2021, after being loaned by FC Cartagena.
The Dynamo paid around 2 million dollars for the Panamanian soccer player, according to Spanish media and journalist Luis Ortiz, from Telemundo.
Previously, Cartagena paid Tauro FC $300,000 for the Istmeño’s file.
The newspaper La Verdad from Cartagena, Spain, highlighted that, in its moment of greatest brilliance, Carrasquilla’s name was always on the lips of large Spanish affiliates, on the radar of Valladolid and there was interest from the Bulgarian Ludogorets and the Belgian Anderlecht .
In January 2021 – according to La Verdad – Efesé rejected an offer for the player of 1.5 million euros (1.6 million dollars) made by Huesca of Spain.
“Coco is one of the biggest young talents in MLS, he believes in the direction this club is headed, so securing his future with the Dynamo was one of our top priorities this summer,” said General Manager of the Dynamo, Pat Onstad.
“Coco has a bright future ahead of him and we appreciate that he and his family are excited to remain in Houston,” added Onstad.
Carrasquilla was happy about the extension of his relationship with the Dynamo. “Very happy to be able to stay in the club that today places its trust in me (…) They have shown me all their love and now it’s time to continue giving everything for this shirt,” the player stressed.
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