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 10 international slots in 2021 after trading Michael Barrios and getting one more. Bressan getting a green card frees up a slot.
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 for now||28 (Jan)||Brazilian. CB. Option declined, negotiating. Signed 1-year deal, options for ’22 and ’23. Green card soon.|
|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||José Antonio Martínez||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||Phelipe Megiolaro||Int 5|
|21 (Feb)||GK, Gremio loan was reportedly extended. Original $2.5 mil buy option, is FCD negotiating a lower fee? Young DP?|
|10||Jáder Obrian||Int 6||25 (May)||Colombian right wing. Contract through ’23, club options ’24 & ’25.|
|11||Paxton Pomykal||HG||21 (Dec)||M/W. Under contract through 2023 with 2024 option.|
|12||Andres Ricaurte||Int 7||29 (Oct)||An 8 more than a 10. Colombian. Loan through 2021 with an option to buy.|
|13||Szabolcs Schön||Int 8|
|20 (Sept)||LW from MTK Budapest. 3 year deal, options ’24 & ’25. Won’t arrive until July. Young DP?|
|14||Dante Sealy||HG||17 (April)||US F/W. Under contract two more seasons plus options.|
|15||Freddy Vargas||Int 9|
|22 (April)||Left wing or attacking mid. Former Venezuelan U20 on loan from Deportivo Lara. Young DP?|
|16||Kyle Zobeck||—||30 (Feb)||GK. 2021 Option picked up.|
|17||Open Spot||Spot for Brandon Servania if returns?|
Along with Redžić, these two players from North Texas SC have been pretty much exclusively training with FC Dallas this spring.
|1||Collin Smith||F/W being tried at right back. Academy U19, he’s currently 17 yo.|
|2||Derek Waldeck||LB with NTX but a natural 6. Loads of soccer smarts less athletic. Standford player.|
Off-Budget Roster (10 players) – No salary cap hit.
The OBR can include HGs with salaries up to $125k more than the Supplemental spots.
[Again, Age during the majority of 2021 season, Birthday month]
Supplemental – roster spots 21 to 24
$81,375 salary and/or Generation adidas.
|21||Edwin Cerrillo||HG||20 (Oct)||6. Emergency 8 or CB. Contract through 2021 + 2 options?|
|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||Ema Twumasi||Green Card||23 (May)||M/F. Option picked up, one more option for 2022.|
Reserve – roster spots 25 to 28
$63,547 salary in 2020, age 24 and under only.
|25||Nkosi Tafari||—||24 (Mar)||CB more left than right. 2021 Option picked up.|
|26||Kalil ElMedkhar||HG||21 (Aug)||Left wing. US/Syria. Two-year contract w/ options for the 2023, 2024 and 2025 season.|
|27||Nicky Hernandez||—||22 (Sept)||Two-year contract with 3 options through 2025. Putting him on the senior roster until we learn differently but he could fit on the supplemental roster.|
|28||Thomas Roberts||HG||19 (May)||10/8. Under contract. 1 more year + 2 options for ’22 & ’23.|
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.|
Players not listed on the active FC Dallas roster.
|–||Beni Redžić||HG||18 (Sept)||LW. Two year deal, options for ’23, ’24, & ’25. USYNT B&H U18. Bosnian passport.|
FC Dallas Outbound Loans
Players who are under contract to FCD but are on loan. The club get’s roster relief but not salary cap relief.
|1||Justin Che||Bayern Munich||As reported by us, and others, a 6-month loan with a buy option. CB/RB. A “protect the investment signing.” Under contract through 2023 with a club option for 2024.|
|2||Brandon Servania||SKN St. Pölten||Yes. Linking 8. Can 6. 2021 Option picked up. One more option for 2022.|
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||Caiser Gomes||21 (Apr)||CB on loan from FC Alverca. From Guinea-Bissau.|
|7||Thibaut Jacquel||24 (Mar)||Campbell F. From Saverne, France, our of the Metz Academy.|
|8||Bernard Kamungo||19||Open trialist from Abilene High School and Tanzania. Two year deal with 2023 option.|
|9||Kazu||21 (Mar)||Left back from Coritiba. Brazilian-Japanese. Loan.|
|10||Mikey Maldonado||19||D from San Antonio. One year deal, 2022 option.|
|11||Juan José Parra||19 (May)||Colombian CB from DIM. Loan.|
|12||Gibran Rayo||19 (Oct)||FCD Acad. F, wing, a-mid.|
|13||Colin Shutler||22 (Aug)||UVA keeper.|
|14||Derek Waldeck||23 (Feb)||LB or 6. Most improved in 2020.|
Just one left that we’ve spotted in pictures.
|1||Sebastian Mendez||—||3/6/2001||Winger, NTX Rayados and FC Harrington – seen in NTX training pics.|
|2||Lucas Ramalho||—||—||From Clube Nautico’s youth system. Reported via his Instagram.|
North Texas SC Outbound Loans
David Rodriguez – Loaned to Atlético San Luis Jan 2021.
Amateur Contract (Potential)
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 possible.
- 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. Expected to be one of the NTX keepers in 2021.|
|2||Michael Collodi||19 (May)||GK, Columbia U. Ex-Academy. Doing remote school this spring, expected to return to school in the fall. 6’0″ 2001.|
|3||Grady Easton||18 (Sept)||Training with FCD & NTX this spring.|
|4||Diego Hernandez||16 (Feb)||U17 M. First 2005 to play for NTXSC (1 minute of PT).|
|5||Collin Smith||17 (Dec)||U19 Wing/forward. 2003. 15 games, 7 starts in 2020. Training with FCD & NTX.|
|6||Josh Ramsey||18||Former Solar and SAFC center back. Former US U19. With FCD US U19s. Training with NTX.|
|7||Riley O’Donnell||18?||Former Solar and US Youth Int with the FCD U19s. Training with NTX.|
A shortlist of FCD Academy players that might pop up in 2021 as they all trained with NTX over the winter at some point: Matthew Corcoran (’06), Julian Eyestone (’06), Jose Guitierrez (’04), Jordan Jones (’05), Antony Ramirez (’05), Tarik Scott (05), Ty Reynolds (’04), Kristian Kelley (’06).
The Others List
Waivers, out of contract, cuts, trialists, and links. Anyone connected to FCD or North Texas in 2021.
Thiago Santos – Sold to Gremio.
Javier “El Falco” Pastore – Linked to Dallas late March 2021. Arg mid.
Gio Montes de Oca – F/M from UNC, drafted in 3rd round, still in school.
Mark Salas – D from UNC, drafted in 3rd round, still in school.
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. Signed Tormenta FC.
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.