Courtesy of FCDY

FC Dallas signs fifth Home Grown Player

FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas has signed academy forward Jonathan Top to a professional contract, the club announced today. Top is the fifth Home Grown Player signed by FC Dallas, the most of any Major League Soccer team. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

READ: Q & A with Jonathan Top

“This is more great news for the FC Dallas Academy program,” FC Dallas’ Director of Player Development Oscar Pareja said. “We are very happy for Jonathan and his family. He has put forth the sacrifice and effort needed to make his dream come true. We wish him all the best in his career. The FC Dallas Academy program will continue to prepare more Home Grown Players for the future of FC Dallas.”

Top, who turns 18 on Jan. 26, was the leading scorer for the FC Dallas Under-18 Development Academy team this season. Playing alongside previous FC Dallas Home Grown signees Ruben Luna, Moises Hernandez, Victor Ulloa and Bryan Leyva, Top found the back of the net eight times in 10 matches this season. He opened the season by scoring two goals in a 3-0 win over Texans SC on Sept. 11. Top’s scoring streak lasted four games and included wins over the Texas Rush, Lonestar SC and the Houston Dynamo Academy. The team posted an 11-1-3 record in all competitions during the second half of 2010. FC Dallas’ U-18’s currently lead the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Central Conference with a record of 5-1-2.

“I want to thank FC Dallas for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dream of playing professional soccer,” Top said. “It is very exciting to continue in the tradition of graduating to the first team from the FC Dallas Academy started by Bryan Leyva. Oscar [Pareja] and the rest of the FC Dallas Academy coaching staff played a major role in preparing me for the next level. I am sure I will be one of many more academy players to join FC Dallas.

“I also want to thank my mother for all the hours spent driving me to practice an hour-and-a-half away from home, my father for always supporting me in soccer and all my teammates for helping me reach this point.”

Top was named to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Starting XI for the Under-16 Central Conference in July of 2010. He currently attends North Side High School in Fort Worth, Texas where he has been an Honor Student since 2007. Top was a student council member in 2009.

READ: Q & A with Jonathan Top

Jonathan Top

  • Position: Forward
  • Height: 5-8
  • Weight: 160
  • DOB: Jan. 26, 1993
  • Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Citizenship: USA
  • Acquired: Signed as FC Dallas’ fifth Home Grown Player on Jan. 12, 2011