Top 5 number 23s in FC Dallas history

As a follow up to our 25th season celebration series naming the top 5 players by position in FCD franchise history, I started a Top 5 FCD Players by Number series.

We’re up to the 23. The Beckham. Even though you should wear the 7 if you want to be like Beckham.

Around these parts, we think numbers are important, and I had the idea that – if the season didn’t restart – it might be fun to spin the Top 5s a bit and do a Top 5 Players by Number series. Of course, the season did restart so the idea went on the back burner… until now.

Disclaimer: The 25th Season Top 5 Player lists were voted on by a committee. These Top 5 Player by Number lists are just mine. So come at me, bro!

Top 5 FCD Number 23s

The final squad number of the traditional 23 man World Cup rosters.

RankNameNotes
1Kellyn AcostaFor a long time, Acosta was the face of the FC Dallas Homegrown program and one of the best players it had produced. During his time as a linking-8 for the club, he climbed his way in the US Men’s National Team and was voted the 3rd Best Linking Mid in club history by our panel.  Numbers in Dallas wearing the 23 including playoffs: 123 games, 96 starts, 9 goals, and 12 assists. A fantastic player at his peak and without question the top #23 for the club. His time in Dallas ended when he requested a trade to make a fresh start.
2Sergi DanivA promising young Ukrainian wide mid out of Wake Forest, Daniv was off to a solid career start in Dallas before he was traded to Chicago. A conventional wide mid with a get-to-the-end-and-cross game combined with an occasional cut inside. In two seasons with the Burn including playoffs, Daniv played in 37 games with 32 starts and 6 assists.
3Blake WagnerWagner wore the 23 for the first three years of his career then swapped to the 19 after Bobby Rhine retired for what ended up being his (Wagner’s) final season in Dallas.  Primarily a left back who could also play holding mid, Wagner was a US U17, U20, and U23. He signed with MLS following the 2005 U17 World Cup and was drafted by FCD in 2006.  Numbers wearing 23 in Dallas: 25 games and 24 starts; the bulk of which came in 2008, his one season as the first choice left back.
4Thomas RobertsRoberts has only been on the FC Dallas Roster officially for two seasons and all his MLS playing time came in 2019 when he started 3 out of the 6 games he played.  Those 3 starts and his potential sees him just barely edge out the 5th player on this list.
5Andrew WiedemanA forward out of Cal, Wiedeman was drafted by Dallas in 2010 but did not play in the MLS Cup run of that year.  Over the following two seasons, he played in 8 games with 1 start for a grand total of 172 Minutes.  In mid-2012 he was traded to Toronto FC for Julian de Guzman, which might be his biggest achievement for FC Dallas.

What’s your list look like?

#23 – All-Time FCD Roster

Thomas Roberts2019 to Current
Kellyn Acosta2013 to 2018
Andrew Wiedeman2010 to Mid 2012
Blake Wagner2006 to 2008
Ty Maurin2004 to 2005
Scott Vallow2002
Sergi Daniv1999 to 2000
Jimmy Glenn1996
Rene Ortiz1996

Up next?

24.

Which is a number with a shocking depth of talent, given it’s such a high squad number.

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