Over the season, FC Dallas has entertained the idea of Homegrown Players. By signing academy products such as Jesus Ferreira, Paxton Pomykal, and Bryan Reynolds, it has been made clear that Dallas is looking to take a much younger approach to the 2017 season.
With the recent signing of Reynolds as the club’s 17th Homegrown player, it is easy to forget those that came before the 15-year-old. More importantly, it is easy to forget the original three Homegrown signings: Moises Hernandez, Victor Ulloa, and Ruben Luna.
The whereabouts of Victor Ulloa and Moises Hernandez are well-known. Moises Hernandez spent his 2016 season on loan with the NASL side Rayo OKC while Victor Ulloa spent his time with Dallas’ first team, making random starts here and there. However, it is the whereabouts of Ruben Luna that leave many FC Dallas fans scratching their heads.
The 24-year-old striker made his FC Dallas debut on September 4, 2010 and scored his first career MLS goal against San Jose on October 22, 2011. Luna would then play 27 matches in Frisco before packing his bags in 2012 to join then-NASL side San Antonio Scorpions, where he failed to make an appearance for them.
Upon his return to Dallas, Luna was cut on November 7, 2012, leaving the Mexican without a club until March, 2013. Luna signed with the Atlanta Silverbacks in the NASL, continuing his time in the country’s second division.
While in Atlanta, Luna blew away the competition. The 24-year-old striker scored ten goals and provided three assists in all competitions, which earned himself a few NASL Team of the Week awards. Strangely enough, Luna decided to not stick around in Atlanta. After the 2013 season, the Mexican native returned home to join Segunda Division de Mexico side Inter Playa del Carmen.
The former FC Dallas product would then travel back to the states after two years abroad, electing to sign with USL side Rio Grande Valley FC Toros. While in South Texas, Luna returned to his prior-Atlanta form and scored a massive seven goals in twelve appearances. This fine form would help the newly found USL earn a spot in the league’s playoffs, only to be knocked out early by FC Dallas’ affiliates the Oklahoma City Energy FC.
Luna’s new found form has seen many fans and pundits rethink his potential. The striker is only 24 and has a massive amount of potential left in the tank. This leaves the question:
Should FC Dallas resign Ruben Luna?
With the club looking to grow through Homegrown products, it makes sense to continue this pattern. With FC Dallas always looking for more depth at the striker position, Luna could result as a cheap low-risk option.
Tesho Akindele and Maxi Urruti are phenomenal options up front, however, who is there to back them up? Getterson’s option was declined and no one knows how much effort Carlos Ruiz can provide at his age.
If FC Dallas truly wishes to stay with a young, cheap, and homegrown squad, the signing of Ruben Luna makes sense.