Homegrown, P-40, & GA Players

Ed note: Originally part of the 3rd Degree 20th birthday celebration, this article was heavily updated during the move to the new site.

Since the creation of the Homegrown Player signing category in 2008, FCD has developed a reputation as having one of, if not the, best academies in MLS. Dan Hunt has stated the dream of an entire starting 11 of Homegrowns.

26 players have been signed by the Huntsmen from their Academy system, that’s a remarkable feat. While some have been great successes, not all of them have made it in MLS.

Let’s take a look back at each of them in order of their signing.

29 Homegrown Players

1. Bryan Leyva – (Chihuahua, Mexico) Attacking midfielder. First came on the soccer radar when as a kid he was invited to train with the Mexican National Team when they visited Dallas. After joining the FCD Academy in 2008, he became the first Academy player signed in 2009 at the age of 17. Leyva played for Mexico in the FIFA U17 World Cup in Nigeria in 2009. Made 9 appearances for FCD before being let go at the end of 2012. Leyva has been held back by injury and his size (5’6″) and his career has never reached the heights imagined. Invited by FC Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja to FCD spring camp once or twice, he was last seen playing for Dallas City FC in the NPSL.

Bryan Leyva of FC Dallas plays against the LA Galaxy in May of 2010. (Matt Visinsky, 3rd Degree)

2. Victor Ulloa – (Wylie, Texas) Holding midfielder. Singed by FCD in 2010 for the 2011 season. Released by the club after the 2013 season but immediately brought back by Pareja for 2014. Including regular season and playoffs, he has made 125 appearances for the club. In many ways, he represents everything the FCD Academy and FC Dallas is in the Pareja era. Traded to FC Cincinnati after the 2018 season and traded again to Inter Miami at the end of 2019.

3. Ruben Luna – (Ciudad Victoria, Mexico) Forward. Luna has an amazing youth career. Named U16 Developmental Academy Player of the Year in 2009 (38 goals in 27 games) and U18 DA Best XI in 2010. Made one appearance with Mexico U20s. Signed with FCD the same day as Ulloa and Hernandez. Played 27 games for FC Dallas, scoring 3 goals, before being released at the end of 2012. During his time at FCD he scored 2 goals in a CONCACAF Champions League game and led the reserve league in scoring with 10 goals in 9 games in 2011. In 2013 led the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL to their first-ever championship. Played with Inter Playa del Carmen in the Mexican 2nd division in 2014 and 2015. Last played for Rio Grande Valley FC Toros in the USL scoring 11 goals in 35 games in his time there.

4. Moises Hernandez – (Seagoville, Texas) Defender. Signed with Luna and Ulloa in 2010. Made 33 appearances for FC Dallas before his release at the end of 2016. He was sent on loans to Comunicaciones (Guatemala), Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica), and Rayo OKC (NASL) during his first FCD stint. Returned to Comunicaciones for the 2017 season making 26 appearances. Rejoined FCD in 2018 but has mostly been on loan with San Antonio FC since. Represented USA at the U20 level and Guatemala with 15 caps on the senior level.

Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez, and Ruben Luna, seen here with current FC Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja, sign homegrown contracts with FC Dallas on July 30, 2010.
Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez, and Ruben Luna, seen here with current FC Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja, sign homegrown contracts with FC Dallas on July 30, 2010.(FCD Communications / FC Dallas)

5. Jonathan Top – (Fort Worth, Texas) Forward. Signed with FC Dallas in 2011, made 4 appearances. Loaned to Arizona United in 2014, joined them in 2015 after being released by Dallas. Joined Comunicaciones in 2016 but is unaffiliated from 2017 on. A former US U20, Top earned one cap with Guatemala back in 2015.

29 May 2012 – FC Dallas forward Jonathan Top (#32) during the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third-round game between FC Dallas of the MLS and the USL PRO side Charlotte Eagles at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Charlotte won 2-0. (Matt Visinsky, 3rd Degree)

6. Richard Sanchez – (Mission Hills, California) Goalkeeper. Sanchez played with Texas FC and Atletico Madrid’s U16s before joining the FCD Academy. Sanchez has represented Mexico at the U17, U20, and U21 levels; winning the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2011 (4-0-0), played in FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey (1-3-0, 1.25 GAA), and won the CONCACAF U20 Championship in 2013 (5-0-0, 0.20 GAA). After a loan stint with Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Sanchez was sold by FCD to Tigres UANL for a reported $1 million. Loaned by Tigres back to FCD then to Tampico Madero for two seasons. Released by Tigres in 2017, Sanchez signed with MLS and was taken by the Chicago Fire via the MLS Allocation process.

Richard Sanchez
1 April 2012 – FC Dallas goalkeeper Richard Sanchez (#1) during the Dallas Cup Gordan Jago Super Group match-up between Manchester United of England and FC Dallas of the United States. Manchester United won 2-0. (Matt Visinsky, 3rd Degree)

7. Kellyn Acosta – (Plano, Texas) Holding Midfielder. Born 13 miles from Toyota Stadium. Joined the FC Dallas Academy in 2009 and named USSDA Central Conference Player of the Year in 2011-12. Signed with FC Dallas in July of 2012. Although he has represented the US at the U17, U18, U20, U23 and senior level he could have chosen to play for Japan as his father was born there. Played in the 2011 FIFA U17 World Cup and was the youngest member of the US team at the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup. Has made 117 appearances for FC Dallas. Traded to Colorado Rapids on July 23, 2018, for Dom Badji and other assets.

Kellyn Acosta reacts to a missed shot against Houston Dynamo in August of 2017. (Matt Visinsky, 3rd Degree)

8. Bradlee Baladez – (Mesquite, Texas) Forward. The slightly rarer Homegrown Player who played in College first. Part of the FCD Academy team that went to the USSDA Finals in 2009 and 2010, Baladez played three seasons at the University of South Carolina. Signed as a Homegrown prior to the 2013 MLS season (12/19/12). Made one appearance for FCD while spending most of 2013 on loan to Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Released by FCD at the end of 2013, Baladez played with Arizona United in 2014 and Carolina Railhawks in 2015. 2019 signed with Mesquite Outlaws.

Frisco, TX – January 22: FC Dallas player Bradlee Baladez at FC Dallas Stadium on January 21, 2013 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)

9. London Woodbury – (McKinney, Texas) Outside Back. Another college homegrown player. A former US U18, won a gold medal at the Australian International Olympic festival in 2008. FCD Academy in 2008-2009, played college soccer for Maryland where he was a 3rd Team NSCAA All-American in 2012. Played PDL with the Baltimore Bays that year. Signed to a Homegrown deal in January 2013 and played one season with FC Dallas (8 games). Released in early 2014, played with Arizona United that year. In 2015 Signed by the New England Revolution, making 43 appearances in 3 seasons. Nashville FC in 2018, Austin Bold in 2019.

London Woodbury (right) plays for FC Dallas against DC United back in 2013.
London Woodbury (right) plays for FC Dallas against DC United back in 2013. (3rd Degree / Matthew Visinsky)

10. Jesse Gonzalez – (Edenton, NC) Goalkeeper. Grew up in Dallas where he played for CD Independiente prior to joining the FCD Academy in 2011. Signed with FC Dallas in March of 2013. Loaned to Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2015 but only played one game. Became a starter for FCD in the final run of 2015 and remains the #1 today. Led all MLS goalkeepers with a 0.91 GAA in 2015. Played for Mexico at U18, U20, and U23 level; started for El Tri at the 2015 CONCACAF U20 Championships and the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup. In 2017 opted to play for USA at the senior level as part of the Gold Cup and is now cap tied to them.

Jesse Gonzalez
Jesse Gonzalez. (FCD Communications)

11. Danny Garcia – (Dallas, Texas) Midfielder. Joined FCD Academy in 2012 helping them win the U18 DA title that year. Played one season at UNC and was named ACC Freshman of the Year when he scored 4 goals and 6 assists. Signed with FC Dallas in June of 2013. Loaned to Arizona United in 2015. Released at the end of 2015. In 2016 played with San Antonio FC, which is owned by the Spurs. A former US U18 and U20 including the 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship and the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup. Unattached after 2017.

4 May 2014 – FC Dallas midfielder Danny Garcia (#26) and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill (#17) during the MLS game between FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. New York won the game 1-0. (Matt Visinsky, 3rd Degree)

12. Coy Craft – (Abingdon, Virginia) Forward, Midfielder. Joined FCD Academy in 2011 and won 5 consecutive USSDA Texas/Frontier Division titles. Signed a homegrown deal on August 1, 2014, and has made 6 appearances with FC Dallas. On loan to OKC Energy in 2016. A US U18 and U20 he won the 2017 CONCACAF U20 Championship. Departed FC Dallas after the 2018 season. Played for Miami FC 2 and Nyköpings BIS in 2018.

Jul 27, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Homegrown Team midfielder Coy Craft tries to jump over Mexico U-20s midfielder Andres Iniestra Vazquez during the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game at Avaya Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports. (Courtesy FCD Communications)

13. Alex Zendejas – (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico or El Paso, Texas) Winger. A.k.a. Alejandro Zendejas Saavedra. Born in El Paso, until he was sold by FC Dallas to Chivas after which they listed him as being born in Juarez (because of the Chivas fielding only Mexican players thing). Joined FCD Academy in 2012 and signed with FC Dallas in late 2014 making him the first Homegrown signed from an FCD affiliate, FC Dallas El Paso. Made 8 appearances with FCD over 2 seasons before being sold for $500,000. A former US U15 and U17, as part of signing for Chivas, Zendejas says he will only play for Mexico from now on. Has played 4 games for the Mexico U21s as of this writing. On loan to Zacatepec 2017-2018. Back with Chivas in 2019.

Alejandro Zendejas takes on Seattle Sounders.
Alejandro Zendejas takes on Seattle Sounders. (FCD Communications)

14. Aaron Guillen – (Chihuahua, Mexico) Defender. He moved to El Paso when he was 8. FC Dallas Academy 2011 and 2012, joined from El Paso affiliate. Won the 2012 U18 DA National Championship with FCD. Played four years of college ball at Florida Gulf Coast University where he was named 2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Defender of the Year as a senior. Signed homegrown deal with Dallas prior to the 2016 season. Played PDL with Austin Aztex in 2013. Loaned to Tulsa Roughnecks in 2017 for a few games. Made 8 appearances with FC Dallas and was released after 2017. North Carolina FC 2018-19. Signed with Tampa Bay Rowdies for 2020.

Aaron Guillen with FC Dallas in 2016. (FCD Communications)

15. Paxton Pomykal – (Lewisville, Texas) Midfielder. FC Dallas Academy 2014 to 2016 winning national championships at U16 and U18. Signed as a homegrown player in September of 2016. Has made two appearances with FCD and remains with the club. A former US U18 and U19. At his request, he currently wears FCD’s #19 dedicated to the memory of Bobby Rhine and assigned only to homegrown players. Emerged as a starter and MLS All-Star in 2019.

FRISCO, TX – MARCH 23: FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal (#19) celebrates a first-half goal during the MLS game between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids on March 23, 2019, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky)

16. Jesus Ferreira – (Santa Marta, Colombia) Forward. The son of former FC Dallas midfielder and 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira. An FCD Academy player from 2009 to 2016, Ferreira signed his homegrown deal at age 15 (Nov 17, 2016). Scored a goal in his professional debut becoming the 2nd youngest player to score in MLS history. He’s been called into multiple US teams but has yet to play in an official game because of paperwork issues. Was FCD’s leading scorer in 2019 with 8 goals and 6 assists.

Academy Director Luchi Gonzalez, Oscar Pareja, Jesus Ferreira and Dan Hunt
Academy Director Luchi Gonzalez, Head Coach Oscar Pareja, Jesus Ferreira, and Dan Hunt. ( FCD Communications)

17. Bryan Reynolds – (Fort Worth, Texas) Winger. As an FCD Academy player won the 2015-16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championship. The youngest player ever signed as a homegrown by FC Dallas (Nov 12, 2016). His father Keith played at SMU under Schellus Hyndman and was a US Youth International. Spent most of 2017 with the US U17s in preparation for the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup. Made his FCD debut in 2019, appearing in 10 games with 1 start and still plays for North Texas SC as well.

DALLAS, TX – JUNE 19: Bryan Reynolds in action during the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup round of 16 soccer game between FC Dallas and New Mexico United on June 19, 2019, at Westcott Field in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky, 3rd Degree)

18. Reggie Cannon – (Chicago, Illinois) Right Back. Played recreational level soccer with Predators prior to joining the FCD Academy for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Played one season at UCLA. Signed a homegrown deal prior to the 2017 season (Dec 22, 2016). A former US U17 and U19. Has been the FCD starting right back since 2018 and has cemented his place in the USMNT pool.

Reggie Cannon with FC Dallas as the club faces Real Salt Lake, March 3, 2018. (Matt Visinsky, 3rd Degree)

19. Brandon Servania – (Birmingham, Alabama) Signed as a Homegrown following his freshman year at Wake Forest (Jan 3, 2018). A key member of the US U20 team in Concacaf Qualifying and at the 2019 World Cup. Broke through as an FC Dallas starter in the second half of 2019. Won the U16 USDA National Championship in 2016 and the Dallas Cup Super Group in 2017 as an FCD Academy player.

Brandon Servania shoots against Houston Dynamo, August 25, 2019. (Matt Visinsky, 3rd Degree)

20. Kris Reaves – (Atlanta, Georgia) Signed as a senior coming out of the University of Portland after playing his first two college seasons at Wake Forest (Jan 10, 2018). Originally joined the FCD Academy in 2012. Played two games for FC Dallas in 2018 but did not return in 2019. Currently on the roster of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

Kris Reaves battles against Real Salt Lake. (FCD Communications)

21. Jordan Cano – (Dallas, Texas) Signed with FC Dallas (Jan 11, 2018) after his senior year at SMU where he was 2017 AAC Defender of the Year. Former US U17 and Captains of the FCD U18s during his Academy days. Did not play in 2018 and was not retained for 2019.

Jordan Cano, FC Dallas 2018. (FCD Communications)

22. Chris Richards – (Birmingham, Alabama) Joined FC Dallas for his final year at the Academy level after winning the DA Championship with Houston Texans under Coach Eric Quill. Signed with FC Dallas as a Homegrown on April 12, 2018, was loaned and then sold to Bayern Munich.

Chris Richards at Bayern Munich, 2018. (Bayern Munich)

23. Thomas Roberts – (Little Rock, Arkansas) Signed as a Homegrown on July 25, 2018. Made his MLS debut in 2019 playing in 6 games. Former US U17. Roberts had two training stints with Bayern Munich alongside Chris Richards. Spent the latter half of 2019 playing for North Texas SC, winning the inaugural USL League One Championship.

DALLAS, TX – JUNE 19: Thomas Roberts in action during the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup round of 16 soccer game between FC Dallas and New Mexico United on June 19, 2019, at Westcott Field in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky, 3rd Degree)

24. Edwin Cerrillo – (Waco, Texas) Signed as a Homegrown on February 14, 2019, after previously committing to play at the University of Maryland. Played in 12 games in 2019, making 11 starts. Joined the FCD Academy in 2015. US U20 for the 2019 Concacaf Championship.

FRISCO, TX – MARCH 23: FC Dallas midfielder Edwin Cerrillo (#33) passes the ball during the MLS game between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids on March 23, 2019, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky, 3rd Degree)

25. Dante Sealy – (Brooklyn, New York) Signed as a Homegrown on February 26, 2019, making him the second-youngest Homegrown signing in franchise history. Spent all of 2019 on loan to North Texas SC playing in 19 games and making 10 starts with 1 goal and 3 assists. Holds dual eligibility for both the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago federations but has only represented the US at the U16 and U17 levels.

Dante Sealy, on loan to North Texas SC in 2019. (North Texas SC)

26. Ricardo Pepi – (El Paso, Texas) Signed as a Homegrown on June 21, 2019, after tearing up USL-1 in the first half of the 2019 season. Was North Texas Soccer Club’s first signing in team history on December 6, 2018. Played in two US Open Cup matches for FC Dallas right before signing. Member of the US U17s for the 2019 Concacaf Championships and the World Cup. Joined the FCD Academy in 2016 from the club’s youth affiliate, FCD El Paso. Born to Mexican parents, Pepi has the ability to represent both Mexico and the United States as a youth international.

Ricardo Pepi celebrates scoring his second goal of the game against Forward Madison in the USL League One Semifinals, October 12, 2019. (Craig Marcho, 3rd Degree)

27. Eddie Munjoma – (Dallas, Texas) Right back. Four year player at SMU. Terrific getting forward and attacking.

28. Tanner Tessmann – (Hoover, Alabama) The latest U19 Academy signing. A linking-8 who can really play all over the field due to his size and athleticism. 6’3″ Grown Ass Man.

29. Carlos Avilez – (Dallas, Texas) Goalkeeper. The newest FCD Homegrown. Originally signed to a “USL affiliate” deal through the club relationship with OKC Energy. He was essentially a training player and wasn’t on FCD’s senior team roster. Officially signed to North Texas SC in 2019. FCD Academy player starting in 2012, started for FCD’s 2016 USSDA Championship team.

Carlos Avilez, playing for the FC Dallas U19s in the 2019 Dallas Cup. (Dallas Cup, Doug Fejer)

Non-Homegrown Academy signings

Most of them for North Texas SC.

Ronaldo Damus – (Hinche, Haiti) Striker/winger. Joined the FCD Academy in 2018, signed with North Texas SC for 2019. He’s been a U20 and now senior player for Haiti.

Ronaldo Damus
Ronaldo Damus in training for North Texas Soccer Club. (North Texas SC)

Brecc Evans – (Santa Monica, California) Center back. Played four seasons in the FCD Academy winning the 2016 DA U16 Championship and the 2017 Dallas Cup SuperGroup. Played one season at Cal Poly. Signed with North Texas SC and was their captain in 2019. On loan to Austin Bold.

Brecc Evans clears the ball against Forward Madison. (North Texas SC)

Hector Montalvo – (El Paso, Texas) Center back. DA U18 National Champ in 2016. Played one season at Grand Canyon University before moving to Mexico to join Tigres UANL’s U-20 team. Signed with North Texas SC for 2019 and released after the season. Now with El Paso Locomotive.

Hector Montalvo, North Texas Soccer Club. (North Texas SC)

Cesar Murillo – (El Paso, Texas) Defender. Joined the FCD Academy in 2011. Captain at College of Charleston for four seasons. Signed with North Texas SC in 2019 and released at the end of the season. Signed with Greenville Triumph.

Cesar Murillo passes out of the back against Forward Madison. (Jack Wallace, North Texas SC)

Arturo Rodriguez – (Irving, Texas) Attacking mid/wing. Joined the FCD Academy in 2017, scored the Dallas Cup winning-goal against Monterrey. Only played 13 games in total for the Academy. Singed with North Texas SC in 2019 and is arguably the USL-1 MVP. On loan to the Monarchs in USL-C.

Arturo Rodriguez
USL-1 Final MVP Arturo Rodriguez poses with the MVP and Championship trophies following the USL League One Final won by North Texas SC, October 19, 2019.(@CMARCHO | Craig Marcho / 3rd Degree)

David Rodriguez – (Irving, Texas) Attacking mid or 8. FCD Academy since 2017 and is still eligible to play for the U19s. Named to the 2018 Dallas Cup All-Star team by Adidas for his performances in the U-16 bracket. He’s been in two U.S. Men’s National Team camps at the U-17 level. Signed with North Texas SC in 2019.

David Rodriguez celebrates against Forward Madison, May 22, 2019. (Matt Begala, North Texas SC)

Oscar Romero – (Dallas, Texas) Mid or wing. Started with the FCD Academy in 2013. Left FCD in 2017 to join Inter Playa del Carmen then the UNAM Academy. Played for UNAM Premier in 2017-2018. Signed with North Texas SC in 2019.

Oscar Romero cuts back against Greenville Triumph in the 2019 USL-1 Final. (Craig Marcho, 3rd Degree)

Eduardo “Pollo” Cortes – (Zapopan, Mexico) Goalkeeper. Played three seasons with the FCD Academy, 2009 to 2011, starting in FCD’s first USSDA U18 Championship. Played four seasons at IUPUI from 2012 to 2015. Signed with St Louis FC in 2016 but did not play. Trialed with Indy Eleven in 2017. Not officially a homegrown player due to some roster technicality, but was on the FC Dallas roster in the supplemental section as their 3rd keeper in 2017. Played for NTX Rayados and Fort Worth Vaqueros before signing with North Texas SC in 2019 and released after the season.

Eduardo “Pollo” Cortes poses with the USL League One championship trophy following the North Texas SC win over Greenville Triumph, October 10. 2019. (Craig Marcho, 3rd Degree)

Imanol Almaguer – (Frisco, Texas) outside back or linking mid. With the FCD Academy since 2010. Signed with North Texas SC after the end of the 2018-2019 season with the U19s.

Imanol Almaguer signs with North Texas Soccer Club. (North Texas SC)

Gibran Rayo – (Dallas, Texas) A skilled and quick wing, off striker, attacking mid or linking mid. I’ve even seen him play as a 6.

What Else

“But wait,” you say, “you said 20 years of homegrowns!”

True, I did. But homegrowns have only exited since 2008. So let’s look back at what came before, Nike Project-40 and, as it’s called today, Generation adidas.

The Project-40 now Generation adidas program exists to sign “professional-ready players in the US developmental system not yet eligible for the MLS SuperDraft.”  The original idea being to allow MLS to compete with foreign clubs for young US kids and to help develop players for the US National team. Eligibility for US teams has been dropped as a qualifier for the program. Now the program signs up young talented players in this country of any nationality who aren’t homegrowns.

Importantly GA players don’t count against the MLS Salary cap. Since they are automatically professionals, they can’t ever play college soccer and thus a college scholarship is written into their contracts.

There is also a new Canadian Generation Adidas program, which will come into play late in this FC Dallas list of players.

Nike Project-40


Juan Sastoque (1997) Midfielder. The Brooklyn native grew up in California and played one season for Cal State Northridge before joining DFW Toros in the USISL. Signed P40 and assigned to Dallas, Sastoque was sent on loan 5 times before being released in late 1998. Made 5 appearances for the Burn. He kicked around the mid-tier professional league for 10 years and is now a real estate agent in Allen, Texas.

Scott Vallow (1999) Goalkeeper. The Cally native played college soccer for Bowling Green State University before signing P-40 in 1999. Played for the Dallas Burn for only one season, most of it on loan to MLS’s P-40 USL team. In 2000 signed with Rochester Rhinos where he played most of his career. Vallow had short stints without playing with New England and Dallas before landing with Colorado for two seasons. In all, he played 167 games with Rochester. He has been a professional soccer assistant coach since 2011 currently with the North Carolina Courage.

Eddie Johnson (2001) Forward. Arguably one of P-40s biggest success stories. Signed with MLS out of the US U17 residency program at IMG in Florida and drafted by the Burn. Scored 24 goals in 84 games for the Burn before being traded to Kansas City in a salary cap move. After leaving the Wizards at the end of ’07 he signed with Fulham in England who loaned him out to Cardiff City, Aris, and Preston North End. Johnson returned to MLS in 2012 with Seattle before playing the last 2 seasons of his career with DC United. A US U17, U20, U23, and senior international (19 goals in 63 caps) highlighted by the 2006 World Cup. Once famously said, “I don’t play video games. I’m a grown-ass man.”

Eddie Johnson dribbles against Mark Chung and the Colorado Rapids in 2004. (Rags Gardner, RII)

Miguel Saavedra (2001) Midfielder. He was kind of a mystery signing by P-40. Although he had been a fringe US U20, no one really knew why he was signed. Dallas selected him in the 6th round almost as a favor to MLS. The Burn loaned him to both Atlanta Silverbacks and Nashville Metros in 2001. Traded to Chicago along with Aleksey Korol for a 6th round pick in Jan 2002. Chicago that season loaned him to the Milwaukee Rampage. Waived in 2002 without playing a single MLS game although he did appear in a 2002 CONCACAF Champions Cup game for the Fire. Current whereabouts unknown.

Jordan Stone (2002) Holding Midfielder. An Allen native, a US U17 and U20, Jordan signed P-40 in 2002 when he was selected by Dallas. He never reached his potential and retired after three seasons to attend college at Texas Tech. Stone has been a pastor at several churches since he retired.

Jordan Stone #12 plays for the Dallas Burn against Colorado Rapids.
Jordan Stone #12 plays for the Dallas Burn against Colorado Rapids.(Captured View / John Rivera)

Jason Thompson (2003) Forward. Garland native, played at Eastern Illinois from 2000 to 2002. As a freshman led the NCAA in scoring with 21 goals and was named MVC Newcomer of the Year. Injured in 2001, he rebounded in 2002 with 14 goals and 4 assists. Played with the US U23s that year and was signed P-40. Drafted by Dallas, Thompson tore his ACL with the U23s and missed the entire 2003 season. Traded in DC United in 2004 and was waived at the end of 2005. Completed his Doctor of Medicine at the UT School of Medicine in San Antonio and is/was an Orthopedic Surgery Resident there.

Clarence Goodson (2004) Center Back. Won the 1999 U17 National Championship with the Braddock Road Warhawks then played three years at Maryland. He also played in the offseason with Boulder Rapids Reserve, a U23 PDL team. Signing P-40 in 2004, Goodson was drafted by the Burn. He played 74 games in Dallas before being selected by the San Jose earthquakes in the 2007 expansion draft. Dallas had led left him exposed because Goodson wanted to sign in Europe, which he did with IK Start of Norway. In 2011, Goodson signed with Danish club Brøndby before returning to the Quakes in 2013 where he played till the end of 2016. Goodson is a US International having made 46 appearances with the US, including scoring in the 2009 Gold Cup semifinal against Honduras and being part of the 2010 World Cup squad. He also made one appearance on HGTV’s House Hunters International where he and his wife looked for an apartment in Copenhagen.  Currently involved with the US Soccer Foundation and the effort to bring training fields to places in the US.

Clarence Goodson goes up for a header against Colorado Rapids in the 2006 MLS Cup Playoffs. (Rags Gardner, RII)

Generation Adidas players 

2005 to Current

Drew Moor (2005) Defender. First started training with Dallas Burn as a teenager. One season at Furman and two at Indiana where he won back to back NCAA titles. 2004 PDL with Chicago Fire Premier. Drafted in ’05 by Dallas after signing Generation adidas. Played 123 games for Dallas before being traded to the Rapids for Schellas Hyndman’s favorite Ugo Ihemelu. Allowed to leave Colorado as a free agent, Moor signed for Toronto FC in 2016 where he still plays despite his heart arrhythmia diagnoses. A US U20, Moor has 5 caps for the senior US side. In 2011 he set the MLS record for consecutive games played by a field player with 68.

14 Drew Moor looks upfield against Houston Dynamo, May 13, 2006. (Rags Gardner, RII)

Dax McCarty (2006) Midfielder. US U17 residency then UNC for two seasons, along with PDL with Ajax Orlando Prospects. Signed GA and drafted by Dallas in 2006. Selected by Portland with their #1 expansion Draft pick at the end of the 2010 season he was immediately traded to DC United and then traded again midseason to New York Red Bulls. 169 games later he was once again traded, this time to Chicago Fire where he still plays. A US U20 and U23, McCarty has 13 caps with the senior US side.

Dax McCarty on draft day with FC Dallas Head Coach Colin Clarke (left) and FC Dallas General Manager Michael Hitchcock
Dax McCarty on draft day with FC Dallas Head Coach Colin Clarke (left) and FC Dallas General Manager Michael Hitchcock. (FCD Communications)

Blake Wagner (2006) Defender, Midfielder. Another IMG residency player, Wagner signed GA after playing in the 2005 FIFA U17 World Cup. Selected 18th overall by Dallas in 2006, he played 37 games for the Huntsmen before his contract expired at the end of 2009. In 2010 Wagner signed with Vancouver Whitecaps in the NASL. He was again signed by Vancouver, the MLS version, in 2011. In 2011 he signed with RSL, in 2012 with San Antonio (played 2 seasons), in 2014 with Tampa Bay Rowdies, in 2015 with New York Red Bulls (who loaned him to Red Bulls II), in 2016 with Jacksonville Armada, and in 2017 with OKC Energy. Wagner was a US U17, U20, and U23.

Frisco, Texas – Practice Field 1. July 17th, 2007. Blake Wagner of FC Dallas vs. San Luis. (Jason Gulledge, 3rd Degree)

Anthony Wallace (2007) Left Back, Holding Midfielder. Another IMG residency player signed GA and drafted by Dallas in 2007. Traded to Colorado in 2010 and taken by Portland in the 2010 expansion draft only to be immediately traded back to Colorado for allocation money. Wallace played with Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2014, New York Red Bulls in 2015, Jacksonville Armada in 2016, and OKC Energy in 2017. A former US U17 and U20, Wallace has one cap with the senior US team.

Anthony Wallace
Anthony Wallace. (FCD Communications)

Fuad Ibrahim (2007) Forward. Born in Ethiopia but raised in Richfield, Minnesota. Yet another IMG residency kid. Signed GA and taken by Dallas in 2007. 0 games for Dallas before being traded to Toronto. After 26 games for Toronto over two seasons, Ibrahim did not play in 2011. He played with Minnesota Stars (future United) in 2012, then with AC Kajaani in Finland for two seasons, before re-joining Minnesota United in 2015 for one season. Current whereabouts unknown. A former US U17and U20, Ibrahim has 10 caps for Ethiopia at the senior level.

Eric Avila (2008) Forward, Midfielder. Another US residency kid, Avila played three seasons at USCB. Signed GA in 2008 he was drafted by Dallas 19th overall. In later 2011, FCD traded Avila to Toronto for Maicon Santos and an international roster spot. Since then Avila has played for Chivas USA (’12-’14), Santos Laguna (’15-’16), on loan with Orlando City (’15), Tampa Bay Rowdies (’16), Phoenix Rising FC (’17), ASC San Diego (’18), Las Vegas Lights (’18), and Birmingham Legion (’19). Avila is a former US U17 and U20.

Eric Avila shoots against DC United, May 2010. (Matt Visinsky, 3rd Degree)

Josh Lambo (2008) Goalkeeper, NFL Kicker. A former Chicago Magic youth player, Lambo was in US Residency when he signed GA. Drafted by FCD in 2008 he never played in an MLS game but did play in friendlies for the club. Missed second half of 2008 after breaking his jaw in a reserve game. Loaned to FC Tampa Bay in 2010. Waived at the end of 2011. He “retired” from soccer at 21. In the Fall of 2012, Lambo enrolled at Texas A&M where he became a kicker for the football team. In 2015, Lambo was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Charges where he kicked for two seasons and is now kicking with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lambo is a former US U17 and U20.

Brek Shea (2008) Defender, Midfielder. The College Station native played for Texans SC (the Houston club) before joining US Residency. Signed GA in 2008 and drafted 2nd overall by FC Dallas. 98 games and 19 goals later, Shea signed with Stoke City in the EPL. After loan stints with Barnsley and Birmingham City, Shea returned to MLS and Orlando City in 2015. Shea was traded to Vancouver prior to the 2017 season and then to Atlanta United for the 2019 season. A former US U17, U20, and U23, Shea has 34 caps with the senior US team.

Brek Shea.
Brek Shea. (3rd Degree / Matthew Visinsky)

Peri Marosevic (2009) Forward. Born in Bosnia prior to the Bosnian War, Marosevic and his family moved to German and then Illinois to escape the conflict. After playing youth soccer for Rockford Raptors and Chicago Sockers, Marosevic played three seasons and Michigan as well as PDL ball with Chicago Fire Premier. Signing GA in 2009, he was selected by FC Dallas. After a loan to Austin Aztex in 2010, Marosevic asked for his release in 2011 and was granted it by FCD. He then signed with Toronto FC where he finished the season. He has since played two seasons for Junak Sinj in Croatia, two seasons for New York Cosmos, and in 2015 played for Michigan Bucks of the PDL. Marosevic is a former US U17, U18, and U20. He’s currently a Development Academy Coordinator at U.S. Soccer.

15 January 2009: Peri Marosevic was taken with the fifth overall pick by FC Dallas. With head coach Schellas Hyndman (left) and general manager Michael Hitchcock (right). The 2009 Major League Soccer SuperDraft was held at the Convention Center in St. Louis, Missouri in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s annual convention. (Andy Mead, Yellow Card Journalism)

Andrew Wiedeman (2010) Forward. An NSCAA All-American at Cal, Wiedeman signed GA after his junior year and was drafted by FC Dallas 21st overall. He was traded to Toronto in 2012 as part of the Julian de Guzman deal. After three seasons with Toronto, he signed with the Ottawa Fury where he played one year. In 2016 he was one of the first 11 signings made by USL expansion team FC Cincinnati but left after 2017. Wiedeman is a former US U18.

Andrew Wiedeman
Andrew Wiedeman. (FCD Communications)

Walker Zimmerman (2013) Center Back. Out of the Gwinnett Soccer Association academy team in Georgia, Zimmerman played two seasons at Furman before signing Generation adidas. Drafted by FC Dallas 7th overall, Zimmerman played in 89 regular-season appearances for Los Toros before being traded to LAFC on December 10, 2017. Zimmerman is a former US U18, U20, and U23. Now he’s a regular member of the USMNT.

Walker Zimmerman celebrates his goal in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs against Seattle Sounders, November 8, 2015. (Craig Marcho, 3rd Degree)

Adonijah Reid (2017) Forward. One of the new Canadian Generation adidas signings, picked by FC Dallas 40th overall. Began playing soccer at age 5 with Caledon SC, later joining ANB Futbol Academy. In 2015 with ANB Futbol scored 20 goals in 20 games in League 1 Ontario. Reid spent 2017 on a season-long loan to Ottawa Fury where he made 12 appearances scoring 1 goal. Not retained by FC Dallas after the 2018 season. Currently plays for Le Havre II in France.

Adonijah Reid takes part in FC Dallas training, 2017. (FCD Communications)

Francis Atuahene (2018) Midfielder/Forward. Selected 4th overall in the 2018 SuperDraft. A promising talent, he’s been hampered by a series of injuries. Mostly he’s been on loan but he did score a cracker of a goal in 2019 against San Jose. ’18 with OKC Energy: 8 games, 4 starts, 4 goals. ’19 with Austin Bold: 9 games, 4 starts, 1 goal and 1 assist (so far).

Francis Atuahene playing against the San Jose Earthquakes in 2019. (FCD Communications)

Ema Twumasi (2018) Selected 11th overall in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. A forward or mid coming out of Wake Forest. Played on loan with OKC Energy in 2018 (6 games, 1 assist). In 2019 on loan with Austin Bold where he’s having some success (18 games, 14 starts, 3 goals in just 19 shots).

John Nelson (2019) Selected 10th overall in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. Made 9 appearances with 4 starts in 2019. A natural left back he can also play on the right or in the middle in a pinch.

Jan 11, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; John Nelson is selected as the number ten overall pick to FC Dallas in the first round of the 2019 MLS Super Draft at McCormick Place. Mandatory Credit: Nuccio DiNuzzo-USA TODAY Sports. (Courtesy FCD Communications)