FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas has signed former midfielder Ramon Nunez and Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, the club announced today. Per league and team policy the terms of the agreements will not be disclosed.
“I am very happy to be working with Ramon again,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “He has the qualities to help FC Dallas win championships. Ramon has the ability to break down opponents with his quick, explosive movements and he will help create goals for his teammates as well as score goals himself for FC Dallas.”
A native of Honduras, Nunez moved to Dallas with his family in the early 1990s where he attended W.T. White High School and, later, SMU. In his freshman season with the Mustangs, Nunez earned Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year honors, before electing to leave college for the professional ranks. FC Dallas, then the Dallas Burn, selected Nunez sixth overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.
While with Dallas, Nunez appeared in 67 games, scoring 14 goals and tallying nine assists. He left FC Dallas in 2007 for Chivas USA, where he appeared in just eight games, tallying three assists. Following the 2007 season with Chivas USA, Nunez returned to Honduras where he joined Olimpia, making 34 appearances and earning player of the season honors following the 2007-08 Clausura. From Olimpia, Nunez joined Mexican First Division side Puebla on a six-month loan, scoring five goals and tallying five assists during the loan spell.
Nunez remained in Mexico following his performance at Puebla, joining Cruz Azul in 2009 for six months before returning to Olimpia in Honduras. When his six-month contract with the Honduran side ended, Nunez traveled across the pond to join English Championship side Leeds United where he made 20 appearances and scored one goal. Nunez spent a brief loan spell with Scunthorpe United in 2011, appearing in eight games and scoring three goals, before returning to Leeds and signing a new contract with the English club. In September 2012, Nunez suffered a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament and, upon mutually terminating his contract with Leeds, returned home to Dallas in February to train with his original club.
Nunez, who played in the 2010 World Cup for Honduras, has five goals in 44 appearances for his native country.
A member of the Mexican Under-18 National Team, Gonzalez is the 10th Homegrown player to sign a professional contract with FC Dallas, the most produced by an MLS Academy.
“Jesse Gonzalez falls right in line with some of the other very good players that the FC Dallas Academy has produced, in particular, Richard Sanchez,” said Hyndman. “Drew Keeshan [FC Dallas Goalkeeper Coach] rated Jesse very high initially and he has continued to develop in the time he has been in our academy system. Jesse has good size. He’s athletic and seems to be a hard worker. We think he has a bright future with FC Dallas.”
Gonzalez made his first appearance with the FC Dallas Development Academy’s U-16 team on Sept. 26, 2010. Since then, the FC Dallas Academy has an 18-8-6 record in matches in which Gonzalez has appeared. Between stints with FC Dallas’ U-16 and U-18 Development Academy teams, the 6-4 goalkeeper has logged 2,145 minutes, collected five shutouts and allowed just 1.16 goals per 90 minutes played.
Full Name: Ramon Fernando Nunez Reyes
Date of Birth: Nov. 14, 1985
Birthplace: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Full Name: Jose “Jesse” Gonzalez
Date of Birth: May 25, 1995
Birthplace: Edenton, North Carolina
Hometown: Dallas, Texas