FRISCO - David Rodriguez, 16, is the newest player to sign with North Texas Soccer Club. While every signing is special for a young player, the occasion is made even sweeter considering Rodriguez’s 20-year-old brother, Arturo, was also signed by the club the previous month.
“It’s a great experience to play with my brother,” said David Rodriguez. “You don’t really see that, brothers playing together at the professional level. It’s going to be a good season.”
Prior to signing for North Texas SC, the Rodriguez brothers had only played on the same team together briefly while in high school. Now, as teammates on North Texas, Rodriguez is excited at the prospect of lining up next to his brother and is confident their playstyles will complement each other.
“He’s more of a dribble guy, and I’m more like a playmaker, so I think it’s a good match,” Rodriguez said.
Although a self-described playmaker, David also has a knack for popping up in scoring positions, and is blessed with a keen eye for goal. His ability to create goals and score them could prove an important asset for North Texas SC in its inaugural season. Although he is the club’s most recent signing, Rodriguez is intimately familiar with the organization.
Rodriguez joined the FC Dallas Youth Club in November of 2016. Even while officially in the youth club, he often found himself playing with the FC Dallas Academy players. After impressing with the Club, he joined the Academy in 2017, where he scored 10 goals in just 13 games for the U-16 Academy side last season.
Having proven himself at every level of the youth setup at FC Dallas, the organization felt it was the right time to push Rodriguez to the professional level with North Texas SC. He is the second North Texas player to sign with the club directly from the FC Dallas Academy after Ricardo Pepi; and he is the 32nd Academy product signed to a professional contract by the FC Dallas organization.
“I think playing with North Texas SC will help me a lot to reach the next level of soccer,” Rodriguez said. “I think that’s going to prepare me to be at the level of the first team.”