FC Dallas Strengthens Midfield with Canadian International Liam Fraser
In a notable strengthening of their midfield, FC Dallas has successfully acquired Liam Fraser, a Canadian international midfielder, from KMSK Deinze, a Belgian second-division club. The official announcement from the club was made on a Friday. Fraser, who is 25 years old, has formalized a contract extension that spans the entirety of the 2023 MLS season, inclusive of options for the subsequent 2024 and 2025 seasons.
This development marks FC Dallas' second significant central-midfield acquisition during the summer transfer period, closely following their procurement of Asier Illarramendi, a former Real Madrid player. Notably, these strategic moves align with the club's decision to trade their homegrown midfielder, Edwin Cerrillo, to the LA Galaxy.
Andre Zanotta, the esteemed technical director, expressed his unequivocal contentment with this acquisition, articulating, "The addition of Liam significantly reinforces our midfield capabilities. Given his extensive experience in both MLS and European competitions, his pivotal role is anticipated as we fortify our squad for the culminating stages of the season. The entire FC Dallas community is elated to extend a warm welcome to Liam."
Drawing from his earlier MLS tenure spanning from 2018 to 2021, Liam Fraser contributed an assist in a collective total of 56 matches, out of which he started 31, showcasing his adeptness with both Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew. While competing at KMSK Deinze, Fraser continued to make his mark, registering an assist in 37 appearances encompassing a range of competitions.
Liam Fraser's prowess extends to the international arena, where he proudly represents Canada and has earned 19 caps. His notable involvement included being an integral part of the historic 2022 FIFA World Cup squad. Furthermore, Fraser's contributions extended to the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup, where his talent was on full display.
The intricate mechanics of this transfer saw FC Dallas proactively secure the Right of First Refusal for Liam Fraser from Minnesota United FC, at a stipulated value of $100,000 in 2024 General Allocation Money. Notably, Minnesota United FC had previously acquired this exclusive right from Toronto FC, entailing an exchange of $50,000 in 2024 General Allocation Money (GAM).