This is the complete list of every player on the FC Dallas and North Texas Soccer Club rosters as well as every name connected or linked to the teams.
Side Note: Origin of the “Roster Dance” name – The Hamster Dance.
FC Dallas now has 9 international slots in 2021 after trading Michael Barrios.
FC Dallas Roster Dance 2021
MLS rosters hold up to 30 players. Players 1 to 20 are on the Senior Roster and have to fit in the salary cap. MLS teams may carry as few as 18 players on this senior roster if they wish.
18 to 20 players.
[Age during the majority of 2021 season, Birthday month]
* Note on the ages listed: What I was doing wasn’t working and too confusing, so I’m changing them to age at the start of the season which is April 1st give or take. I’ll leave the birth month with their age.
|1||Bryan Acosta||DP, Int 1||27 (Nov)||Honduran. MF. Under contract through 2021?|
|2||Bressan||Int 2||28 (Jan)||Brazilian. CB. Option declined, negotiating. Signed 1-year deal, options for ’22 and ’23.|
|3||Jesus Ferreira||HG||20 (Dec)||F/M. US Int. Under contract through 2023, no options.|
|4||Matt Hedges||—||31 (April)||GOAT CB. Under contract through 2022 with 2 options to 2024.|
|5||Ryan Hollingshead||—||30 (April)||LB. And everywhere else. Under contract through 2021 with 2022 option.|
|6||Franco Jara||DP, Int 3||32 (July)||Argentine F. Under contract through 2022?|
|7||Jose Martinez||Int 4||27 (Feb)||27, Spanish, left CB. Contract through 2023 with club options for the ’24 & ’25|
|8||Jimmy Maurer||—||32 (Oct)||GK. 2021 option picked up. He deserves a raise, whatever he’s being paid.|
|9||Jáder Obrian||Int 5||25 (May)||Colombian right wing. Contract through ’23, club options ’24 & ’25.|
|10||Phelipe||21 (Feb)||GK, Gremio loan was reportedly extended. Original $2.5 mil buy option, is FCD negotiating a lower fee?|
|11||Paxton Pomykal||HG||21 (Dec)||M/W. Under contract through 2023 with 2024 option.|
|12||Andres Ricaurte||Int 6||29 (Oct)||An 8 more than a 10. Colombian. Loan through 2021 with an option to buy.|
|13||Thiago Santos||Int 7||31 (Sept)||6. Brazilian. Under contract through 2022 with club options for 2023 and 2024.|
|14||Dante Sealy||HG||17 (April)||F/W. Dante was on senior roster in 2019, but FCD can buy down to put him on Supp roster if they need space.|
Under contract two more seasons plus options.
|15||Brandon Servania||HG||22 (Mar)||Linking 8. Can 6. 2021 Option picked up. One more option for 2022.|
|16||Ema Twumasi||Green Card||23 (May)||M/F. Homegrown status ended. Option picked up, one more option for 2022.|
|17||Freddy Vargas||Int 9||22 (April)||Left wing or attacking mid perhaps. Former Venezuelan U20 on loan from Deportivo Lara.|
|18||Kyle Zobeck||—||30 (Feb)||GK. 2021 Option picked up.|
|19||Nicky Hernandez||—||22 (Sept)||First Round pick. Under contract with NTXSC. FCD may leave him there for a season.|
|20||Open Spot||Opened up by Bryan Reynolds sale.|
Outside Looking In or Trialists
|21||Colin Shutler||2nd Round Pick||22 (Aug)||UVA keeper.|
|22||Thibaut Jacquel||3rd Round Pick||24 (Mar)||Campbell F. From Saverne, France, our of the Metz Academy.|
|23||Mark Salas||3rd Round Pick||21 (Aug)||RB from UNC and FCD Academy. Versatile player.|
|24||Gio Montes de Oca||3rd Round Pick||23 (Mar)||F/M from UNC out of FCD Academy. Medial redshirt JR year.|
Off-Budget Roster (10 players) – No salary cap hit.
The OBR can include HGs with salaries up to $125k more than the Supplemental spots (so up to $206,375 in theory) in 2020. They must be bought down. [Again, Age during the majority of 2021 season, Birthday month]
Supplemental – roster spots 21 to 24
$81,375 salary and/or Generation adidas.
|21||Justin Che||HG||17 (Nov)||CB/RB. A “protect the investment signing.” Under contract through 2023 with a club option for 2024.|
|22||Johnny Nelson||GA||22 (July)||Left back. Probably 1 more year plus options. GA should last through 2022 unless he hits PT threshold.|
|23||Ricardo Pepi||HG||18 (Jan)||F/W. Probably 1 more year on his contract plus standard 2 options.|
|24||Open Spot||Could be filled by Dante Sealy with a buy down?|
Reserve – roster spots 25 to 28
$63,547 salary in 2020, age 24 and under only.
|25||Nkosi Burgess||—||24 (Mar)||Left CB. 2021 Option picked up.|
|26||Edwin Cerrillo||HG||20 (Oct)||6. Emergency 8 or CB. Contract through 2021 + 2 options?|
|27||Thomas Roberts||HG||19 (May)||10/8. Loan coming? Under contract. 1 more year + 2 options for ’22 & ’23.|
|28||Kalil ElMedkhar||HG||21 (Aug)||Left wing. US/Syria. Two-year contract w/ options for the 2023, 2024 and 2025 season.|
Homegrown Reserves – roster spots 29 and 30
Same as Reserve Roster but homegrown only.
|29||Eddie Munjoma||HG||22 (July)||RB/BB. Under contract through 2022 with 3 club options.|
|30||Tanner Tessmann||HG||19 (Sept)||Linking-8 or 6. Under contract through 2022 with 2 options.|
FC Dallas Loans
Players who are with other teams and not with FCD, despite being on the club’s roster.
|1||Justin Che||Bayern Munich||As reported by us, and others, 6-month loan with a buy option.|
|3||Brandon Servania||SKN St. Pölten||Yes.|
North Texas SC Roster Dance 2021
Now for the FCD’s USL-1 feeder team which has much looser roster rules.
Players Under Direct NTX Contract
[Age at the start of the season, April 1 for the purpose of this post]
|1||Alejandro||19 (Feb)||Alejandro Santana Viniegra, F/W, Cruzeiro.|
|2||Imanol Almaguer||20 (Sept)||Outside back or 6/8.|
|2||Alisson||21 (Dec)||Brazil, d-mid, CB. Sau Paulo. AKA Alisson dos Santos|
|4||Hope Kodzo Avayevu||18 (Oct)||Creative midfielder. FCD/NTX had to wait for him to turn 18 so he could sign. 3+2 contract is impressive for this kind of signing.|
|5||Alex Bruce||22 (Oct)||F/W. Played at Texans SC under Quill.|
|6||Nicky Hernandez||22 (Sept)||8-type mid. Under contract to NTX, drafted by FCD.|
|7||Kazu||21 (March)||Left back from Coritiba. Brazilian-Japanese. Loan.|
|8||Juan José Parra||19 (May)||Colombian CB from DIM. Loan.|
|9||Gibran Rayo||19 (Oct)||FCD Acad. F, wing, a-mid.|
|10||Derek Waldeck||23 (Feb)||LB or 6. Most improved in 2020.|
At this points, we only know of the FCD draft picks who are more likely to be with NTX than FCD.
|1||Colin Shutler||2nd Round Pick||22 (Aug)||UVA keeper. Unlikely he makes the FCD roster with 3 keepers already.|
|2||Thibaut Jacquel||3rd Round Pick||24 (Mar)||Campbell F. From Saverne, France, our of the Metz Academy.|
|3||Mark Salas||3rd Round Pick||21 (Aug)||RB from UNC and FCD Academy. Versatile player.|
|4||Gio Montes de Oca||3rd Round Pick||23 (Mar)||F/M from UNC out of FCD Academy. Medial redshirt JR year.|
North Texas SC Players on Loan
David Rodriguez – Loaned to Atlético San Luis Jan 2021.
NTX Players who are no longer in the Academy but not signed to a pro-contract so they don’t lose college eligibility. These are the two that seem most likely at this point.
- Kevin Bonilla – [19, Sept] FCD Academy RB. US U20/U23. Committed to U of Portland.
- Michael Collodi – [19, May] Former FCD Acad GK, Colombia U. In Dallas training with NTXSC.
FCD Academy Players for North Texas
I just reset this list to returning Academy players who got minutes in 2020 and players that we’ve heard of training already in context for 2021. Players from the 2020 list who moved off can get back on if we get wind of them again. I expect quite a few will. [Age during the majority of 2020, birth month]
|1||Antonio Carrera||16 (Mar)||U17 GK. 6’3″ 2004. Possibly in the 2021 keeper mix.|
|2||Michael Collodi||19 (May)||GK, Columbia U. Ex-Academy. With the Ivy not playing soccer, he’s apparently in Dallas training with NTX. 6’0″ 2001.|
|3||Diego Hernandez||16 (Feb)||U17 M. First 2005 to play for NTXSC (1 minute of PT).|
|4||Beni Redzic||18 (Sept)||U19 M/W. Former US U17, now Bosnia and Herzegovina U18. 2002. 13 games, 6 starts in 2020.|
|5||Collin Smith||17 (Dec)||U19 Wing/forward. 2003. 15 games, 7 starts in 2020.|
|6||Josh Ramsey||18||Former Solar and SAFC center back. US U19. With FCD US U19s.|
|7||Riley O’Donnell||18?||Former Solar and US Youth Int with the FCD U19s.|
A shortlist of FCD Academy players that might pop up in 2021: Matthew Corcoran (’06), Julian Eyestone (’06), Jose Guitierrez (’04), Jordan Jones (’05), Antony Ramirez (’05), and Ty Reynolds (’04).
The Others List
Waivers, out of contract, cuts, trialists, and links. Anyone connected to FCD or North Texas in 2021.
Carlos de Pena – 28 yo LW from Dynamo Kyiv. Linked Feb 2021.
Bryan Reynolds – Signed with AS Roma. Transfer Final.
Radamel Falcao – Linked to FCD Jan 2021.
Michael Barrios – Traded to Colorado Rapids 1/13/21.
Franco Cervi – Benfica 26 year old winger. Linked Dec 2020.
Nicolas Benedetti – Club American, 23 yo Colombian mid linked Dec 2020.
Fafa Picault – traded to Houston Dynamo Dec 2020.
Juan Dinenno – Pumas striker linked to FCD in Dec 2020.
Callum Montgomery – Option declined, traded to Minnesota United.
Francis Atuahene – FCD contract option declined.
Santiago Mosquera – FCD contract option declined.
Reto Ziegler – Out of contract end of 2020.
Brecc Evans – NTXSC contract option declined.
Carlos Avilez – NTXSC contract option declined.
Ronaldo Damus – Out of contract. Not renewed. Signed Orange County SC.
Pedro Conceição Alves – NTXSC contract option declined.
Philip Ponder – NTXSC contract option declined.
Luis Zamudio – NTXSC contract option declined.
Juan Manuel Alvarez – NTXSC contract option declined.
Arturo Rodriguez – NTXSC contract option declined. Signed Phx Rising.
Pablo Aránguiz – Transferred to U de Chile.
William Akio – Canadian, F. UT RGV & Calgary Foothills FC (USL-2). NTX Trialist late 2020.
Philip Akem – U19 F/W. West Point commit, I hear. 2020 North Texas trainee.
Bryce Boneau – Norte Dame commit. FCD Premier, former Solar player. Late 2020 NTX training.
Andres Dicun – Former FCD U19 striker, trained with NTX in 2020 after leaving the Academy.
Grady Easton – U19 CB. SMU commit. Made 2 starts at CB in early 2020.
William “Woody” Pondeca – U19 FCD Premier. Late 2020 NTX training.
Eduardo Ruiz – U 19 right back. 2003. 2020 North Texas trainee.
Roman Torres – FCD Premier, 2002. ODP. Late 2020 NTX training.