FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas has signed Academy midfield product Tanner Tessmann as the club’s league-leading 28th Homegrown Player, the club announced today. He will be under contract through the 2022 season, with club options for the 2023 and 2024 season. Per team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.x
“Tanner has been a great player in our Academy,” said FC Dallas President Dan Hunt. “We know he had a wonderful opportunity at Clemson University, and we’re pleased he chose the professional path here at FC Dallas.”
Tessmann, 18, joined the FC Dallas Academy in 2016 and has scored 25 goals in 67 United States Soccer Development Academy appearances, including 55 starts. He won the U-18/U19 Golden Ball following the 2018-2019 season after helping lead the FC Dallas to the U-18/U19 Academy Championship. Tessmann was part of the FC Dallas U-15 Academy team that won the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup in 2017, becoming the first Dallas Academy side to win a Dallas Cup title. On Dec. 18, 2019, Tessmann committed to playing soccer and football at Clemson University after being recruited by Clemson football coach William Christopher “Dabo” Swinney and assistant football coach Danny Pearman.
“I’m excited to get started,” Tessmann said. “Signing a professional contract has been a goal of mine since I moved to Texas to join the Academy at 14 years old. I’ve made a lot of sacrifices to get this opportunity, so it meant a lot to have my family here with me today.”
The Alabama native made his professional debut on April 27, 2019 with North Texas Soccer Club in a 1-0 win against Orlando City B. He appeared in 16 matches for North Texas SC, including the USL League One final against Greenville Triumph SC on Oct. 19. Tessmann scored his first professional goal with North Texas SC on May 11 in a 4-1 win. He appeared in six preseason matches for FC Dallas in 2020.
Tessmann earned a call-up into the United States U-20 Men’s National Team in September 2019 and is eligible to compete for a roster spot on the U.S. 2021 team for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
Hometown: Hoover, Alabama
Transaction: FC Dallas signs midfielder Tanner Tessmann to a three-year contract with club options for the 2023 and 2024 season.