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FC Dallas signs 12th Homegrown Player, forward Coy Craft

The newest Homegrown will be available for selection immediately.

FC Dallas media services

Well, the first domino has fell for FC Dallas following the trade of Andrew Jacobson and the news about putting George John and Hendry Thomas on the season-ending injured reserve. Today the club has signed their 12th Homegrown player, forward Coy Craft.

According to the club's press release, Craft will be available for selection immediately.

"We brought Coy [Craft] into the Academy in 2011 and the coaches did an excellent job fostering his talent to get him to this next level," said FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja. "He's athletic, but he also has good technical ability. He's been earning more and more opportunities with the youth national teams and we're excited to see his potential realized as he continues to mature."

Craft joins a slew of Homegrown players that have seen a lot of time on the field this season. Combined this season those Homegrown players have played a total of 2,501 minutes and counting, which currently ranks second in Major League Soccer.

Interestingly enough, Craft came to FC Dallas through the Academy system via Virginia of all places. This season, Craft was part of the FC Dallas U18 team that won its fifth-straight U.S. Soccer Development Academy Texas/Frontier Division title. The squad finished the regular season with a record of 17-4-6. Craft appeared in 22 matches, starting 13 times for the U18s. He led the team in goals scored with 12.

Craft has been apart of the Academy system since 2011 and is someone who has done well in earning youth national team appearances. He also trained with the first team in the preseason, so Oscar Pareja is very familiar with what he brings to the table.