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FC Dallas signs three Juniors stars
by Paul Kennedy, July 30th, 2010 5:08PM

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[PORTRAITS] In the most sweeping move at player development in MLS history, FC Dallas signed three players in its Juniors program -- Ruben LunaMoises Hernandez and Victor Ulloa -- to pro contracts. For a look at the young stars ...

Opened in 2008, the FC Dallas Juniors have also sent Mexican under-17 international Bryan Leyva to the MLS club's first team, and Juniors product Gabriel Funes returned to Argentina, where he plays for River Plate.

Dan Hunt, Vice President of Hunt Sports Group, call the triple signing "a momentous achievement for our organization."

RUBEN LUNA. Luna is one of the hottest prospects to emerge from the Development Academy since its launch in 2007.

He was the 2009 U-15/16 Development Academy Player of the Year and a 2010 U-17/18 Best XI.

The striker excelled for the FCD first team in preseason training but returned to the Juniors program, where he scored a team-high 26 goals in 29 appearances for the U-18s this season.

He has always been considered an exceptional threat in front of goal but his lack of fitness was an issue.

Born in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, Luna originally intended to play for SMU and was listed on the MLS Players Union's roster of FCD players (earning $45,000).

He is eligible to play with the first team during the 2010 MLS season.

MOISES HERNANDEZ. Like Luna, Hernandez was one of the original 15 players invited to join the FC Dallas Juniors program when it opened in 2008.

The 18-year-old defender was also a 2010 U-17/18 Best XI selection, starting a team-high 30 matches for the Juniors.

He's a graduate of Seagoville High School and played for the U.S. U-20s at the 2010 Copa Chivas in Mexico.

He will be eligible to play for the first team in the 2011 season.

VICTOR ULLOA. Ulloa, the U-17/18 captain, started 29 of 31 games in the midfield for the Juniors and earned all-conference honors in 2010.

The Wylie High School graduate scored twice for FCD at the Development Academy's Finals Week, where a stoppage-goal cost it a berth in the championship game.

Like Hernandez, Ulloa will be eligible to play for the first team in 2011.



2 comments
  1. David Parsons
    commented on: July 31, 2010 at 2:33 p.m.
    I love this as well Ric. We need players with soccer brains. While I haven't seen these young men play, I have a feeling they are more like the skilled intuitive player the USA lacks. Keep em coming, develop these kids and get them on our national team.

  1. Adam Becker
    commented on: August 1, 2010 at 7:57 p.m.
    It's great to see this evidence of the development academy paying dividends for MLS. As David said, hopefully the players coming through the DA will strengthen our national team as well.


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