Roster Dance | FCD & NTXSC

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.

Notes

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 as well.

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.

Senior Roster

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.

NameStatusAge*Notes
1Bryan AcostaDP, Int 127 (Nov)Honduran. MF. Under contract through 2021?
2Bressan28 (Jan)Brazilian. CB. Option declined, negotiating. Signed 1-year deal, options for ’22 and ’23. Green card.
3Jesus FerreiraHG20 (Dec)F/M. US Int. Under contract through 2023, no options.
4Matt Hedges31 (April)GOAT CB. Under contract through 2022 with 2 options to 2024.
5Ryan Hollingshead30 (April)LB. And everywhere else. Under contract through 2021 with 2022 option.
6Franco JaraDP, Int 232 (July)Argentine F. Under contract through 2022.
7José Antonio MartínezInt 327 (Feb)27, Spanish, left CB. Contract through 2023 with club options for the ’24 & ’25
8Jimmy Maurer32 (Oct)GK. Contract extended through 2023 with an option for ’24. Hope he got the raise
9Phelipe MegiolaroInt 421 (Feb)GK, Gremio loan was reportedly extended. Original $2.5 mil buy option, is FCD negotiating a lower fee?
10Jáder ObrianInt 525 (May)Colombian right wing. Contract through ’23, club options ’24 & ’25.
11Paxton PomykalHG21 (Dec)M/W. Under contract through 2023 with 2024 option.
12Andres RicaurteInt 629 (Oct)An 8 more than a 10. Colombian. Loan through 2021 with an option to buy.
13Szabolcs SchönInt 720 (Sept)LW from MTK Budapest. 3 year deal, options ’24 & ’25. Won’t arrive until July. Young DP?
14Dante SealyHG17 (April)US F/W. Under contract two more seasons plus options.
15Brandon Servania22 (Mar)Loan to SKN St. Pölten ended. FCD has one more option for 2022.
16Freddy VargasInt 822 (April)Left wing or attacking mid. Former Venezuelan U20 on loan from Deportivo Lara.
17Kyle Zobeck30 (Feb)GK. 2021 Option picked up.
18Facundo QuignonInt 927 (May)Holding mid from Club Atlético Lanús.
19Caiser GomesInt 1021 (April) CB loan from NTXSC on loan from FC Alverca.
20Open Spot

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.

NameStatusAgeNotes
21Edwin CerrilloHG20 (Oct)6. Emergency 8 or CB. Contract through 2021 + 2 options?
22Johnny NelsonGA22 (July)Left back. Probably 1 more year plus options. GA should last through 2022 unless he hits PT threshold.
23Ricardo PepiHG18 (Jan)F/W. Probably in final year of his original contract. Standard 2 options?
24Ema TwumasiGA, Green Card23 (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.

NameStatusAgeNotes
25Nkosi Tafari24 (Mar)CB more left than right. 2021 Option picked up.
26Kalil ElMedkharHG21 (Aug)Left wing. US/Syria. Two-year contract w/ options for the 2023, 2024 and 2025 season.
27Nicky Hernandez22 (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.
28Justin CheHG17 (Nov)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.

NameStatusAgeNotes
29Eddie MunjomaHG22 (July)RB/BB. Under contract through 2022 with 3 club options.
30Beni RedžićHG19 (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.

NameClubNotes
1Thomas RobertsSK Austria KlagenfurtA one-year loan with no buy clause. FCD contract was extended through 2022 with a 2023 option.
2Collin SmithNorth Texas SCThe 32nd FC Dallas Homegrown is on loan to North Texas SC for the season.

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]

NameAgeNotes
1Alejandro19 (Feb)Alejandro Santana Viniegra, F/W, Cruzeiro.
2Imanol Almaguer20 (Sept)Outside back or 6/8.
2Alisson21 (Dec)Brazil, d-mid, CB. Sau Paulo. AKA Alisson dos Santos
4Hope Kodzo Avayevu18 (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.
5Alex Bruce22 (Oct)F/W. Played at Texans SC under Quill.
6Blaine Ferri20 (Sept)Former US Youth Int. Central mid. Signed for 2021 with 2022 option.
7Caiser Gomes21 (Apr)CB on loan from FC Alverca. From Guinea-Bissau.
8Thibaut Jacquel24 (Mar)Campbell F. From Saverne, France, our of the Metz Academy.
9Bernard Kamungo19Open trialist from Abilene High School and Tanzania. Two year deal with 2023 option.
10Kazu21 (Mar)Left back from Coritiba. Brazilian-Japanese. Loan.
11Mikey Maldonado19D from San Antonio. One year deal, 2022 option.
12Juan José Parra19 (May)Colombian CB from DIM. Loan.
13Gibran Rayo19 (Oct)FCD Acad. F, wing, a-mid.
14Colin Shutler22 (Aug)UVA keeper.
15Derek Waldeck23 (Feb)LB or 6. Most improved in 2020.

NTXSC Loans

1Caiser Gomes21 (April)On loan to FC Dallas.

New Signings?

According to FC Alverca, they have transferred two players to North Texas SC. Are they for this window or for 2022?

1Lucas Gabriel19Defender
2Gabriel Morais19Forward

Academy Players for North Texas SC

So far this year only one, although there are some potentials down below.

NameAgeNotes
1Antonio Carrera16 (Mar)U17 GK. 6’3″ 2004. Expected to be one of the NTX keepers in 2021. #13 on NTX roster. #48 on NTX roster.
2Matthew Corcoran15Holing mid or linking mid. Currently a U17.
3Marcos Cortez18FCD U19 keeper.
4Tarik Scott16Frequent NTXSC training invitee. Rostered wearing the #41 for NTX.

North Texas SC Outbound Loans

David Rodriguez – Loaned to Atlético San Luis Jan 2021. Move may soon become permanent.

Amateur Contracts (Potentially)

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.

  1. Michael Collodi – [19, May] Former FCD Acad GK, Colombia U. In Dallas, often training with NTXSC.

Potential FCD Academy Players for North Texas

NameAgeNotes
1Diego Hernandez16 (Feb)U17 M. First 2005 to play for NTXSC back in 2020.
2Nighte Pickering16 (Jan)He’s had some first-team invites and NTX training invites but hasn’t been rostered by 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: Julian Eyestone (’06), Jose Guitierrez (’04), Jordan Jones (’05), Antony Ramirez (’05), (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.

Grady Easton – Heading to SMU
Josh Ramsey – Heading to Notre Dame
Riley O’Donnell – College soccer at UTD (I hear)
Tanner Tessmann Sold to Venezia
Bryan Reynolds His transfer to Roma finally happened (he’d been on loan)
David Rodriguez Sold by North Texas to Atletico San Luis.
Lucas Ramalho – NTX Trialist. Clube Nautico’s youth system. Reported via his Instagram.
Sebastian Mendez – NTX Trialist, LB. From NTX Rayados & FC Harrington (aka DKSC)
Thiago SantosSold 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 ReynoldsSigned with AS Roma. Transfer Final.
Radamel FalcaoLinked to FCD Jan 2021.
Michael BarriosTraded 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 Picaulttraded 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.

Andre Zonatta and marco Ferruzzi in Tucson, Arizona, during 2019 FC Dallas spring training. (Buzz Carrick, 3rd Degree)