Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
FC Dallas academy finally begins to pay dividends
by Paul Kennedy, March 11th, 2014 8:50PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  college men, fc dallas, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[HOMEGROWN WATCH] No MLS club has signed more players to Homegrown contracts than FC Dallas, but the progress of their young signings to the first team has been slow. For the first time on Saturday, two Homegrown players started for FC Dallas in the same game as defenders Moises Hernandez and Kellyn Acosta went the distance in the 3-2 win over Montreal.

For Hernandez, the start was his first and came more than three years after he signed at the age of 18 with Dallas from its academy program. After a season of grooming on loan to Guatemala's Comunicaciones, Hernandez returned this winter and won a starting job in the middle of the backline for new coach Oscar Pareja, who was the FC Dallas academy director when he signed in 2010 along with Ruben Luna and Victor Ulloa.

Highly regarded players like Luna and Bryan Leyva are no longer with Dallas, and Richard Sanchez, who won the U-17 World Cup with Mexico in 2011, has yet to make his MLS debut. The first player to win a regular starting job was Acosta, who made his MLS debut just 10 days after his 18th birthday last summer and has kept the right back job. Acosta's 13 appearances were four more than the rest of the other Homegrown players had combined for Dallas in 2013.

Two Homegrown rookies, both out of the ACC, made their MLS debuts and looked impressive as late subs. Sean Okoli from Wake Forest served the ball into the area that led to Chad Barrett's winning goal for Seattle against Sporting Kansas City in stoppage time, and Jordan Allen from Virginia looked right home on the field with Real Salt Lake, a 1-0 winner at the LA Galaxy.

-- In the Seattle-Sporting Kansas City game, Kevin Ellis made just his second start for the defending MLS champions since signing out of Barton County Community College in 2011.

Homegrown Players, Week 1:
Jordan Allen (sub: 2 minutes), RSL (rookie, Univ. of Virginia)
Kellyn Acosta (90 minutes), DAL (2nd season)
Bill Hamid (90 minutes), DC (5th season)
*Moises Hernandez (90 minutes), DAL (2nd season)
Wil Trapp (90 minutes), CLB (2nd season)
Scott Caldwell (90 minutes), NE (2nd season)
Kevin Ellis (90 minutes), SKC (2nd season)
Diego Fagundez (90 minutes), NE (4th season)
Sean Okoli
(sub: 5 minutes), SEA (rookie, Wake Forest Univ.)
Russell Teibert (90 minutes), VAN (4th season)
DeAndre Yedlin (90 minutes), SEA (2nd season)
Gyasi Zardes (68 minutes), LA Galaxy (2nd season)
*Played on loan to Comunicaciones in 2013.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
USL Friday: Switchbacks romp in snow storm    
An April snow storm socked the Rockies on Friday night, but it couldn't stop the Colorado ...
MLS Friday: Red Bulls set standard high    
The New York Red Bulls remained unbeaten with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes ...
What They're Saying: Dominic Kinnear    
"Us passing to them didn't help." -- San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear on what made the ...
USA-Mexico watched by almost 4.5 million fans    
Wednesday's USA-Mexico game averaged almost 4.5 million viewers on Spanish-language networks UniMas and UDN and Fox ...
NWSL Weekend: Sky Blue FC aims to extend streak    
It's a big weekend for pro soccer in the New York metropolitan area. New York City ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos greats return for Raul home debut    
The New York Cosmos open their third season at home on Saturday, and they'll have special ...
USL Thursday: Sounders 2 fall, Rhinos impress on road    
Sounders FC 2, one of three unbeaten and untied teams in the USL, dropped its first ...
What They're Saying: Luis Figo    
"When some speak and others are silenced, democracy and football lose." -- FIFA presidential candidate Luis ...
What They're Saying: Joey Saputo    
"You can't go in with the attitude that we have no chance. We're here. We didn't ...
What They're Saying: Adrian Heath    
"We went on preseason to Charleston and we hired a few vans to transport everyone around. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives