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HOW ACQUIRED: Acquired via loan from FC Nantes on February 20, 2015. The deal qualifies him as a Young Designated Player.
Aristeguieta, 22, has most recently played with FC Nantes, making 45 appearances and scoring nine goals since joining the club in January 2013. He helped the club secure promotion immediately in 2013 by scoring seven goals in seven appearances during the second half of the season. Since joining Ligue 1 for the 2013-14 season, Aristeguieta has made 28 appearances and scored two goals.
Prior to joining Nantes, Aristeguieta played for Caracas from 2009-13. There, he made 71 appearances and scored 31 goals for the club, finishing in the top five in scoring in Venezuela’s Primeria Division each of his last two seasons. His final season for Caracas in 2012-13, at just 20 years old, Aristeguieta scored 14 goals, second best in the league. He then made the move to Nantes.
At the international level, Aristeguieta has made 12 appearances and scored one goal for Venezuela. His lone goal came against El Salvador on Aug. 7, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Aristeguieta was also featured in Venezuela’s 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign, making five appearances for La Vinotinto, including a start against Colombia on March 26, 2013. Recently, Aristeguieta was called up to the preliminary roster for the 2015 Copa America.
2015: Aristeguieta has scored four goals, scoring once against Sporting Kansas City and twice agaisnt Real Salt Lake.