FRISCO, Texas---After training on Tuesday morning at Toyota Stadium, a rather noteworthy figure was seen walking through the hall near the FC Dallas locker room with several others in tow.
That individual was none other than Japanese attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda, who just finished representing his home country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Honda, 28, signed with Serie A side AC Milan last summer and will be under contract to them through 2017.
The six-foot No. 10 was wearing a dark suit and was flanked by someone appearing to be his agent along with FCD President Dan Hunt and Hunt Sports Group official John Wagner.
Honda met briefly first-year Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja in the hallway after being introduced to him by Hunt.
Pareja said Honda was just passing through, but added that it was great to meet such a high-profile player.
“Well, yeah it’s great to have such a talented and great player and a great name in our complex for sure. Yeah, we’re delighted to have him here,” Pareja said after training.
Of course, once news of Honda’s appearance in Frisco hit Twitter, speculation started among FCD fans that they might be interested in adding the talented Japanese playmaker.
However, there is the whole issue of Honda being under contract to Milan for a few more years and the fact that FCD currently has three Designated Players on their roster in central attacking midfielder Mauro Diaz along with strikers Andres Escobar and David Texeira.
Escobar and Texeira joined Dallas this offseason and all three players currently carry the label of young DPs.