FRISCO – FC Dallas has signed 16-year-old Plano native Kellyn Acosta as a Homegrown Player, the club announced today. Acosta will be available for selection at the start of the 2013 MLS season.
FC Dallas has now signed seven Homegrown Players to first team contracts since the inception of the Homegrown Player Rule; only Toronto FC has signed as many.
“FC Dallas is excited to sign Kellyn Acosta to a professional contract,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “Kellyn is a very gifted player. He was the youngest member of the U.S. Under-17 National Team last year and he has played a lot of different positions during his time with the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program. We see him as a player that may start off as a defender, but eventually he will make his way into the midfield. He brings a lot of athleticism. He is a two-way player and he seems to be a very courageous player.”
A former member of the U.S. Under-15 and U-17 National teams, Acosta is currently part of the U.S. U-18 National Team player pool. Acosta most recently appeared in the Lisbon International Tournament under U.S. U-18 head coach Javier Perez. There, Acosta saw at least 135 minutes of action for the U.S. U-18 squad, which went 0-1-2 against Poland, Slovakia and Portugal.
During the 2011-12 FC Dallas Development Academy season, Acosta started 27 of the 28 games he played for the U-16 team. He scored nine times for the 12-4-8 side, which advanced to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy Playoffs.
Acosta also played up with FC Dallas’ U-18 team eight times, logging a total of 907 minutes. The team went 20-3-1 during the 2011-12 season and was 3-0-0 in U.S.S.D.A. Playoffs. The U-18 team is set to compete in U.S.S.D.A.’s Finals Week in Houston, Texas, July 16 through July 23.
In MLS Reserve League action, Acosta logged 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to the Houston Dynamo Reserves on June 16. The young midfielder netted a goal in the 31st minute of that match. The goal was assisted by fellow Homegrown player Moises Hernandez.
Hometown: Plano, Texas
DOB: July 24, 1995
Acquired: Signed, July 12, 2012
About the FC Dallas Academy
The FC Dallas Academy earned the highest marks in the nation in the 2010-11 U.S. Soccer Development Academy End of Year Club Ratings released in mid-September. Out of the 78 clubs in the U.S. Development Academy, the FC Dallas Academy was the only club to earn a four star overall rating.
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy Ratings evaluated each club on seven general criteria based on a five star scale. The categories include: player development, style of play, training environment, administrative, facilities, funding and RESPECT.