FRISCO, Texas (Monday, Feb. 9) – FC Dallas has announced an affiliation with USL PRO side, Arizona United SC for the 2015 season.
The agreement allows the MLS club to send younger players on loan to Arizona United SC throughout the 2015 season. Those players may be recalled at any time, enabling FC Dallas to provide its expanding stable of Homegrown and developmental players with quality minutes in the lower division of professional soccer in the U.S.
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“This agreement is a key step in fostering the development of our academy and reserve players,” said FC Dallas President Dan Hunt. “FC Dallas has one of the top academies in North America. We have signed the most players from our youth academy in league history. This initiative now allows FC Dallas to accelerate the improvement of those young players.”
Coached by former FC Dallas defender Michael Dellorusso, Arizona United finished its inaugural campaign with a 10-13-5 record in 2014. The team’s leading scorer last season was FC Dallas Homegrown player Jonathan Top, who joined the team on loan in April, played 1,224 minutes and scored five goals with two assists.
“This is a big opportunity for us at FC Dallas,” said FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo. “This alliance will allow us to give minutes to many players on our roster that, either for lack of experience or injuries, don’t have the opportunity to get substantial minutes with our first team.”