$40 million FC Dallas Academy player lawsuit resolution

Back in 2022, 3rd Degree reported on the Kelley family’s $40 million lawsuit on behalf of Kris Kelley against FC Dallas, MLS, and other parties. We now have official word on the conclusion of the case.

According to FC Dallas, the claims have been dropped.

“The Kelley family has dropped all its claims against FC Dallas with no financial consideration.  We are pleased with this decision.  We look forward to moving on from this and wish former FC Dallas Academy player Kristian Kelley all the best as he continues his soccer career.”

FC Dallas

In 2023, we had reported on 3rd Degree the Podcast that the case had been dismissed from the court in Dallas County in favor of an arbitration process as stipulated by the MLS Next player agreement.

In the fall of 2023, we reported that Kris Kelley was playing for the Real Salt Lake Academy and Real Monarchs (MLS Next Pro). Kelley made 5 appearances for the Monarchs last season playing 147 minutes.

The younger Kelley has committed to Princeton where his older brother Kevin, an FC Dallas Academy alum, is playing.


  1. Sounds like the kiddo didn’t get playing time, parents who have money sued so they could make him feel better. Sorry guys this is the real world… work for it… get your priorities straight… suing organizations and people just because life isn’t fair only creates a stigma you won’t be able to overcome later on in life…

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