One of the most asked questions I get surrounding FC Dallas is 'who will the next homegrown player be?'. It is always a fair question as the league continues to grow and develop their own players with the academy set up. FC Dallas has certainly made a name for themselves in this game, signing more Homegrown players than any other club in the league with 11.
With the 2014 season right around the corner, many of you have wondered who the next HGP would be. Several clubs have been busy this week signing HGPs of their own. Toronto signed their ninth on Thursday, while Columbus and Seattle both added two of their own this week as well. D.C. and Chicago have also been active signing one player apiece from their academies.
So who will be next in line for FC Dallas? It is time to look at the future to see who will be suiting up for FCD down the road.
1. Boyd Okwuono - The UNC defender seems to be the most likely player to come out of college and sign a HGP deal with FC Dallas. But given how the 2013 season went, it appears Okwuono will stick around for one more season with the Tar Heels. I would imagine if he does sign, it will not be until this time next year, similar to how things went with London Woodberry last year.
2. Mikey Ambrose - Another defender that is high on the list for FCD. Ambrose had a solid year at Maryland, going all the way to the College Cup finals. The Terps stand to lose some serious talent for 2014 but Ambrose won't be one of them. I think the only way FCD signs him early (he just completed his sophomore season after all) is if an international club comes calling for him. Still, I think his chances of landing in Frisco are very good in the future as he is certainly one to watch out for in 2014.
3. Coy Craft - The US U-18 forward has certainly made a name for himself over the last few months. He scored four goals in a game against New England at December's US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase. He's currently the youngest player on the US U-18 roster but he also has been leading them in scoring with eight goals in 10 games.
4. Fernando Laverde - He had a solid first year with Central Florida, scoring three goals and adding in four assists. I think he needs a tad more seasoning in the college game but from what I saw this past year, Laverde is a solid prospect to keep an eye on for the future.
5. Bobby Edet - The freshman forward had a very good year with Furman. He lead them with seven goals on the season and was a constant threat to score in his first year in college.
6. Nicholas Rochowski - He played a lot of good minutes in his first season with New Mexico, and even saw some minutes in the College Cup semifinals. He scored a big game-winning goal in OT, on the road, early in the season against Georgetown.
7. Alejandro Zendejas - The El Paso product has been called up several times by the US U-17 national side as of late. As a midfielder, Zendejas is like any young players of his age, very raw in their game. He's certainly an interesting prospect to watch out for in the coming years though.
8. Weston McKennie - Another U-17 product for the US, McKennie is another midfielder from the FCD system. He's been called up to the U-17 program with Zendejas a couple times.
9. Santiago Agudelo - The Columbian-American has been a goal machine in the past for the FCD Academy. He was down a bit in 2013 but I still think if he gets a shot with a good team in college, he'll do very well one day for FCD.
10. Kristopher Reeves - Another defender on this list, Reeves is an outside back at Wake Forest. I would imagine next season he'll get plenty of playing time now that several Wake players have left to go to their MLS teams.