FRISCO - In any sport, the presence of a confident, vocal leader is invaluable. Luckily for North Texas Soccer Club and its head coach Eric Quill, such a leader comes ready-made from the FC Dallas Academy. Brecc Evans—a 19-year-old center back—is blessed with the authoritative demeanor and organizational nous that often makes for a model team captain.
Evans, who captained North Texas throughout preseason, has begun to prove to head coach Quill that he possesses the necessary leadership qualities to be worthy of the captain’s armband in the club’s inaugural USL League One campaign.
“Brecc (Evans) has really impressed me with his day-to-day mentality,” Quill said. “Nobody trains harder than him; he never takes a day off. He expects a lot from his teammates in a leadership way by holding them accountable in the right way and is very versatile.”
Apart from his positive influence on teammates, Evans has the strength and steel needed in the center of defense. Standing 6 feet 4 inches tall, Evans provides a crucial presence in the air when defending set pieces and high-balls in the box. However, Evans also is capable of bypassing the opposition’s pressure with long, cross-field passes with his cultured left foot.
“He’s great in the air,” Quill said enthusiastically. “His ability to win the initial ball in the air to go back in our favor is huge. He's also got a great left foot, so when you’re playing him as a number 5 (left-sided center back) he can really open teams up by hitting the big diagonal cross.”
Evans’ combination of defensive solidity and on-field leadership make him a prized asset for North Texas SC. However, there was a time when Evans’ future with the FC Dallas/North Texas organization was less assured.
After Evans helped FC Dallas’ U-16 Academy team to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy national championship in 2016, many of his teammates (including Paxton Pomykal, Brandon Servania, Jesus Ferreira and Bryan Reynolds) were offered professional Homegrown contracts by FC Dallas. For Evans, however, there was no contract forthcoming.
Wasting no time, Evans chose to follow a different path and accept a scholarship to play collegiate soccer at California Polytechnic State—a move he feels was helpful, even though he only spent one semester with the Mustangs.
“Playing college soccer definitely has its purpose as I was able to play almost 30 games in the Fall,” Evans said. “Playing day in and day out and getting those minutes against people that are older than you, because I came in as a freshman, I would say that was definitely invaluable and helped my soccer development.”
Although the collegiate experience was beneficial, Evans knew he wanted more out of the game and had aspirations of turning professional. Thus, he decided to return to Frisco and accept a contract with FC Dallas’ newly created USL affiliate, North Texas Soccer Club.
Now that he as a second chance of proving his worth to the FC Dallas organization, Evans is singularly focused and motivated on the upcoming season. Although he’s yet to play an official game at the professional level, the defender is well aware of the differences associated with competing against pro players.
“For this season, I’m hoping to become a starter and a big part of North Texas by earning the coach’s trust and using the minutes I get to the best of my ability. At the end of the day, playing professional soccer is different than playing in the Academy or in college. Professional games are against other grown men; if they don’t perform, they can’t provide for their families. It’s a different motivation.”
When considering his future in the sport, Evans offers a cautiously optimistic assessment of his trajectory.
“The sky’s the limit, but I’m taking it day in and day out for right now,” Evans said. “I think this is a good fit with the whole North Texas setup as I have been a part of the FC Dallas Academy for so long. Hopefully one day, sooner than later, I’ll get to the (FC Dallas) first team. Possibly reaching Europe would be great, but having a career in MLS would realistically be something I would be very proud of too.”