FRISCO – FC Dallas has signed the 20th player produced in its academy, goalkeeper Eduardo ”Pollo” Cortes, the club announced today.
Cortes, 24, played three seasons with the FC Dallas Academy from 2009 to 2011, appearing in two Dallas Cups and three U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals. He was the starting goalkeeper in the Under-18 Academy’s first U.S.S.D.A. Championship in 2012, paying alongside current FC Dallas players Aaron Guillen and Kellyn Acosta.
A 2011 graduate of Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas, Cortes played four seasons at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis from 2012 to 2015. He appeared in 61 matches for the Jaguars, making a total of 354 saves.
Cortes was signed by USL side, St. Louis Football Club in 2016 but did not make an appearance. He was with North American Soccer League club, Indy Eleven during its 2017 preseason.
Cortes becomes the 20th player signed by FC Dallas from its academy. The list of former FC Dallas Academy players signed to professional contracts includes: Carlos Avilez, Bryan Reynolds, Jesus Ferreira, Paxton Pomykal, Reggie Cannon, Aaron Guillen, Alejandro Zendejas, Kellyn Acosta, Coy Craft, Danny Garcia, Jesse Gonzalez, London Woodberry, Bradlee Baladez, Richard Sanchez, Jonathan Top, Ruben Luna, Moises Hernandez, Victor Ulloa and Bryan Leyva.
Full Name: Eduardo “Pollo” Cortes
Date of Birth: August 31, 1993
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Birthplace: Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Transaction: FC Dallas signs goalkeeper Eduardo Cortes.