Homegrown Kellyn Acosta trains for first time since signing contract

FRISCO -- Kellyn Acosta participated in his first training session with the FC Dallas first team on Wednesday since signing a Homegrown player contract in July.

Acosta is not available for selection into the game day lineup until the 2013 season, but coach Schellas Hyndman was happy to have him on the training field.

"I introduced him to the team today," Hyndman said, adding that the veterans made Acosta give an introductory speech to the team.

"His speech was short and very to the point - ‘I’m really excited to be here and I want to help the team.'"

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.

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.