In a move that may have been delayed a bit by the holidays, Maryland defender London Woodberry is set to sign a Homegrown contract with FC Dallas according to Soccer by Ives.
The signing of Woodberry, a defender that likely would have gone in the bottom half of the MLS SuperDraft first round, is a huge coup for FC Dallas. The McKinney native steps into the spots vacated by Carlos Rodriguez and Hernan Pertuz as a player who figures to slot in as a potential future starter at outside back with the possibility to fill in a center back in a pinch.
Woodberry is the ninth Homegrown player signed by FC Dallas, the second signed this off-season after the addition of South Carolina forward Bradlee Baladez and the first to be signed after playing a full four years in college. The defensive anchor of the Maryland Terrapins squad that fell to Georgetown in the College Cup semifinal, Woodberry played in 77 matches over his four years under Sasho Cirovski while starting 42 matches through his junior and senior seasons.
While solid in his first three seasons, Woodberry had somewhat of a breakout year in his senior season earning Third-Team All-American and Second-Team All-ACC honors while finishing with a career-high three goals on the campaign.
Woodberry should be a big part of the reserve team from the start while his versatility could earn the defender a spot on the substitutes bench from day one depending on whether Ugo Ihemelu has any lingering injury effects. As a Homegrown signing, Woodberry's salary does not count against the cap.