FC Dallas announced on Thursday that they have promoted U-16 coach Luchi Gonzalez to Academy Director.
Gonzalez led FC Dallas' U-16 team to a U.S. Soccer Development Academy national championship on July 18, 2015. That team outscored its opponents 20-0 in six playoff games and finished 25-3-5 on the season.
According to the club's press release, since Gonzalez was added to FC Dallas Academy coaching staff in April of 2012, the club has hoisted four national championship trophies (U-18 and U-15 in 2012, U-16 and U-15 in 2015).
In that same period, the academy's U-16 and U-18 teams have won 74 percent of its matches in U.S. Soccer Development Academy play. Those two teams have a combined 125-32-36 record and have won their respective divisions five of six times.
FC Dallas leads MLS with 13 Homegrown players signed since 2009. The club has inked contracts with five of those 13 former academy players since Gonzalez joined FC Dallas. Those players include: Jesse Gonzalez, Alejandro Zendejas, Coy Craft, Danny Garcia and Kellyn Acosta.
Overall this is fantastic news for the club as Gonzalez has really been a big part in the academy's success over the last few years. I would imagine he will also help play a big role in how the club moves forward with a USL team and what potential Homegrown players get more attention from the senior team.