We have seen several Major League Soccer players make splashy transfers before. Star talents like Miguel Almiron, Alphonso Davies, and Brenden Aaronson have previously made moves from MLS teams to European clubs that warranted huge transfer fees.
However, it's not often that MLS teams break the bank to sign a player in his prime from a leading European club.
FC Dallas just did precisely that.
MLS News: FC Dallas Signs Petar Musa From Benfica
FC Dallas just announced the signing of 25-year-old striker Petar Musa from Portuguese club Benfica for a club-record transfer fee of 10 million euros. This is also only the eighth transfer in MLS history with a transfer fee of over 10 million euros, according to Transfermarkt.
Who is Petar Musa?
Musa spent the last two seasons with Benfica, scoring a total of 17 goals in 66 games across all competitions. This includes 12 European Champions League appearances and two goals. He was a major contributor to Benfica winning the Portuguese League in the 2022-23 season.
Musa, originally from Croatia, made his international debut with the senior team in March 2023. Since then, he played in six games for the Croatian national team. This is no small feat as Croatia is one of the best national teams in the world, coming in second and third place in back-to-back World Cups in 2018 and 2022.
What Does This Mean for FC Dallas?
FC Dallas made the playoffs last season before losing to Seattle Sounders in the first round. They are looking to build upon that when the MLS season starts on February 21st. Signing a player of Petar Musa's caliber who has extensive experience in the highest level of soccer in the world should do wonders for their chances.