"I've been with Luchi since I was 13 and he's had a major role in my professional career and also joining the first team. I just want to thank him for everything he's done for me and my family, supporting me in every step of the way since I've been here and thanks to him, I am here where I am now."
-- Ricardo Pepi
on Luchi Gonzalez
, who was fired as FC Dallas head coach on Sunday. Pepi, who debuted for the USA in its 4-1 win over Honduras in World Cup 2022 qualifying on Sept. 8, joined the FC Dallas academy in 2016 at the age of 13 from its youth affiliate in El Paso. Gonzalez was the FC Dallas academy director before being hired as its first-team head coach ahead of the 2019 season. (CBSSports.com