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FC Dallas Academy Pipeline: Who's next in line for a Homegrown deal?

Following the signing of Coy Craft, who could be next for FCD?

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A lot has been made this season about how well Oscar Pareja has done with the young Homegrown talent on FC Dallas' roster. From Kellyn Acosta getting loads of minutes before his injury earlier this season to the emergence of Victor Ulloa and Moises Hernandez.

The amount of minutes that FCD has compiled this year with their young talent continues to improve under Pareja. Recently the club signed their 12th Homegrown player in forward Coy Craft. The clever forward has seen time with the youth national teams and could be a big impact down the road for the club.

Back at the beginning of the year I listed out several names that were worth looking at, so I feel now is as good of a time to update that list as ever with the college season kicking off around the country this month. I'll come out with a more detailed list of the FCD players in the college system later this month once that all kicks off.

1. Boyd Okwuono - The UNC center back is going into his senior season. Crazy to think that he started as a freshman next to Matt Hedges. The Edmond, OK native who was a part of the FCD U-18 team that went to the USSDA national championship in 2011.

2. Aaron Meyer - This young attacker was one of the two players Pareja brought into the preseason camp this year with the first team (Craft being the other). The familiarity with Pareja and the coaching staff certainly will help his cause when the time comes for him to be ready. Meyer has spent time this year with the US U-18 team and has done well with the FCD U-18 squad as well.

3. Weston McKennie - Another young player that isn't in college yet that has seen considerable time with the youth national team. McKennie is another midfield prospect that could develop nicely over time. The little bit that I've seen him play excites me about where this club's academy is going.

4. Alejandro Zendejas - Yet another young prospect that has been called up by the U-17 national side several times over the last year. The El Paso product can play in the midfield or up top in the attack. The good folks over at Top Drawer Soccer have him ranked as one of the top prospects in Texas right now.

5. Mikey Ambrose - The Maryland fullback has been a player on nearly everyone's radar for a few years now. He is about to enter his junior year with the Terps. This could be a big year for him as they switch conferences as well, so keep an eye on that. Ambrose has grown well over the last couple of seasons at Maryland and has even gained some international attention too.