With the preseason underway, FC Dallas has brought in several trialists to try to fill out the remaining open roster spots. Below is a list of the current players with the club right now, including two former academy players that just wrapped up their college careers this past fall.
[Thanks to Edwin @VamosToros for this list.]
Damian Rosales (midfielder) is a former FC Dallas U-17/18 Development Academy player who graduated from SMU in December. During his senior year, he racked up six goals and two assists in 15 games. He also featured at left back in two games for the Austin Aztex.
Jack Coleman (defender) played in 17 games for Duke in both midfield and defense this past year, and 16 games in his Junior year. In 2011, he captained the FC Dallas U-17/18 Development Academy team to the national final and was named to the Academy Best XI along with Moises Hernandez under the watchful eye of then-Academy coach Oscar Pareja.
Aaron Meyer (midfielder) was brought into preseason camp last year along with now-signed Coy Craft. He has spent the past year with FC Dallas' U-18 where he scored six goals in 30 games. At the U-15/16 level, his head coach was Josema Bazan who is currently an FC Dallas' assistant coach.
Aurelio Saco-Vértiz (defender) is a 25-year old left back who has appeared 60 times for Peruvian first-division club Universitario de Deportes in Lima (Raúl Fernandez's club) since 2011. Here are highlights from his time at Universitario. In the past year, he has played almost exclusively for the reserve team (at least partly due to an injury to his left leg suffered last December), where he scored this golazo in March. He was born in Miami, Florida and therefore would not occupy and international roster slot. In 2009, he represented the Peruvian U-20 side. Here's where it gets even more interesting - he participated in his first kickboxing match in December and won by TKO!
Ezequiel Straccia (midfielder) is a 23- year old central midfielder who played in River Plate's reserves and on the Argentinian U-20 team. This past August, he transferred to third-division side Deportivo Merlo, where his father is the coach. In a game in August, he assisted on a shot on goal and took a free kick that went just wide. In another game in October, his possession was characterized as "neat" and he kicked a dangerous corner that the goalie had to save. He scored at least one goal for Merlo (44 seconds into this highlight video), but was let go at the end of the season in November.