I finally got my hands on the GA Cup rosters. The FCD U17s Academy side will be playing in the 2023 Generation adidas Cup and not the Dallas Cup.
FC Dallas Academy U17s
Coach: Matias Asorey
River Plate Miami Rush Kendall SC, Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders
2006 & a single 2007. FC Dallas created a U16 team (2007) this year that will be playing in Dallas Cup. There are several names “missing” from this roster.
Who to Watch
Malachi Molina – 2006, Outside back or wing with potential. Starting RB for Jamaica U17s. He played in an FCD first-team scrimmage late in ’22 when they needed a RB and did well for himself.
Nayrobi Vargas – 2006, big intimidating 9. Days he’s on, he’s unstoppable. Lots of raw ability, another player that might be massive if he gets it all together.
Diego Garcia – A 2006 central mid signed by North Texas SC from El Paso Locomotive Academy. He made his USL-C debut for Loco in ’21 as an amateur. Started opening game ’23 for NTXSC and made a good first impression.
Jared Salazar – 2006, Attacking mid. Playmaker, string-puller. Heavily favors the left foot. NTX camp this spring. He’s got bags of skill, I would like him to influence games a little more but he’s a big talent.
Ian Charles – 2007. Puerto Rico U17. He’s also played up with FCD U17 a bit this year. New to FCD this season.
U17 FC Dallas Academy Roster
There’s a whole bunch (7) of names on here I’ve never heard of before today.
|15||Ian Charles||2007||6||Puerto Rico U17.|
|30||Jared Salazar||2006||AM||Lefty playmaker.|
|31||Malachi Molina||2006||F/RB||“Mal” back or Wing. Jamaica U17.|
|34||Nayrobi Vargas||2006||F||GAM 3.0 Honduras U17. Signed with an agent.|
|35||Luke Shreiner||2006||D||CB but has played some RB.|
|36||Julian Eyestone||2006||G||Usually trains with FCD first team. 6’6″ US U17. He’s also on the U19 and NTX rosters.|
|37||Axel Valdivia||2006||F/M||USA/MEX eligible.|
|38||Carlos Lopez||2006||F||“Flaco” from Dekalb Illinois. Discovered at Alianza in El Paso.|
|44||Ashton Medina||Up from FCDY ECNL 06 Red.|
|45||Mikey Murphy||2006||F/RB||Typical FCD forward/back.|
|49||Henry Canizalez||2006||LB||“Haitch” lefty.|
|50||Diego Garcia||2006||8||Signed with NTXSC out of El Paso Locomotive Academy.|
|56||Romeo Brown||2006||Wing/F||New. From Washington. TC United 06 Navy?|
|62||Luis Marquez||2006||“Rey” New. From Porter, Texas|
|—||Braeden Backus||2006||D/M||New. From Michigan Jaguars 06 Green?|
|—||Jake Gregory||2006||D||New. From Arizona.|
|—||Chris Grote||2006||D||New. From RSL Az?|
|—||Jack Ramirez III||2006||New. From Pheonix Rising?|
“Missing” from this roster are several names who have been with the U17s at least this season if not longer.
Gaeo Medrano, Aiden Bazzell, and Isaac Romero are all injured. Miguel Padilla, Owen Gall, and Brian Avila are all MIA. They may be with ECNL sides in the Dallas Cup.
Alejandro Urzua, who is U17 eligible, isn’t listed as presumably he will be starting for North Texas SC.
FCD U17’s Generation adidas Cup Schedule
Edit: River Plate seems to be out, the FCD U17 schedule now says they are playing Miami Rush.
|April 1||2 pm||IMG 9|
|April 2||Chicago Fire||4:30 pm||IMG 13|
|April 3||Seattle Sounders||2 pm||IMG 14|