2017.10.04 Tale of the Tape

Stefan Aigner followed up his first MLS appearance at FC Dallas with his first start at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, during which he scored his first goal.

As Dallas roll into Commerce City this Saturday (TICKETS), Aigner will seek to use his and the team's momentum from last weekend's win over Montreal Impact.

Facing the Rapids will be a Dallas side brimming with technical talent, including Ecuador international defensive midfielder Carlos Gruezo. In his second season in MLS, the 22-year-old Young Designated Player has made more appearances (28) and starts (27) than in 2016, and will be one of those keeping close tabs on Aigner.

Both players have experience of the German Bundesliga - Aigner with Eintracht Frankfurt, and Gruezo with VfB Stuttgart.

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<p align="center"><br><br><br><br><br><strong>vs.</strong></p>
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<p align="center">Stefan Aigner</p>
<p align="center">Carlos Gruezo</p>
<p align="center">7</p>
<p align="center">7</p>
<p align="center">Midfielder/Forward</p>
<p align="center">Midfielder</p>
<p align="center">30</p>
<p align="center">22</p>
<p align="center">6'0"</p>
<p align="center">5'7"</p>
<p align="center">160lbs</p>
<p align="center">148lbs</p>
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<p align="center">2017</p>
<strong>First joined MLS</strong>
<p align="center">2016</p>
<p align="center">1st&nbsp;season</p>
<strong>MLS Experience</strong>
<p align="center">2nd&nbsp;season</p>
<p align="center">6</p>
<p align="center">55</p>
<p align="center">1860 Munich,&nbsp;Eintracht Frankfurt, Arminia Bielefeld, SV Wacker Burghausen</p>
<strong>Previous clubs</strong>
<p align="center">VfB Stuttgart, Barcelona SC,&nbsp;Independiente DV</p>
<p align="center">A&nbsp;technical and versatile player who could play in multiple attacking spots. Has vast experience in the top two tiers in Germany and should add quality to the Rapids.</p>
<strong>What they say …</strong>
<p align="center">He is a technically skilled holding midfielder who can keep the ball circulating in the middle of the park, but can also dish it out on the defensive side of the ball.</p>