FRISCO, Texas (August 31, 2023) – North Texas SC has signed defender Malachi Molina to an MLS NEXT Pro contract through the 2024 season. Per team policy, additional contract details will not be disclosed.
Molina, 16, made his North Texas SC debut in the 2-1 win at home versus MNUFC2 on April 16 as an FC Dallas Academy player. Molina has since registered four appearances and logged 242 minutes. He recorded his first professional start on April 21 versus Real Monarchs at home.
“It’s another great day for our player pathway with Malachi moving from the Academy to North Texas SC,” said North Texas SC Interim Head Coach John Gall. “He’s got a ton of talent in his locker room and our goal is to keep unraveling that. He will continue to develop with his determined personality, and we are looking forward to his future.”
A Miami native, Molina joined the FC Dallas Academy on July 1, 2017. He logged 12 starts and contributed with three goals during the 2022 MLS NEXT season with the U-17 Academy.
Molina was called up to the Jamaican U-17 Men’s National Team for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Guatemala. The right back started in all three group stage matches for the Reggae Boyz playing 270 minutes and securing a second-place finish. He also started and played 90 minutes in Jamaica’s 2-1 defeat to Guatemala in the Round of 16.
Name: Malachi Molina
Pronunciation: mala-kai mo-LEE-nah
Connect with Malachi: Instagram
Date of Birth: October 11, 2006 (16)
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Nationality: American and Jamaican
Weight: 135 lbs.
Last Club: FC Dallas Academy
Transaction: North Texas SC signs Defender Malachi Molina to an MLS NEXT Pro professional contract through the 2024 season.