An early season battle with compartment syndrome left Servania out of the first team picture, but he still managed to have a productive season. He had a successful loan spell with Tulsa, which resulted in him being named to the USL 20 under 20, appeared for the U20 National Team and is currently playing a key role in the US’ success in the CONCACAF U20 Championship, and even managed to sneak in a cheeky 10 day training trip with Bayern.
Servania’s season shows that featuring for the first team isn’t the only way to develop as a player, but only time will tell if he’s made himself first team ready.
Servania managed 17 appearances for Tulsa resulting in 1,213 minutes played. He registered 10 chances created and had the third highest passing accuracy on the team.
Internationally, he played in three of the US’ five group stage matches in the U20 Championship and scored twice.
Game That Best Exemplifies Servania
USA vs Puerto Rico
Fill the Pulisic/McKennie sized hole this morning with... Brandon Servania? Servania (#6, white cleats) played as the d-mid for the U.S. U20s in their first game of the Concacaf Championship. He stood out with his vision, defensive instincts, composure, and ball-carrying ability. pic.twitter.com/C1yt8HhHgI— Joseph Lowery (@joeInCleats) November 3, 2018
I’ll let Joseph do most of the talking because I think he gets it all right. Servania has a potent mix of a 10’s creativity with the skill set necessary to play a more defensive role.
Here’s a bonus video showcasing many of the same things.
Servania may be the homegrown (other than Reggie) whose stock climbed the most during the season. He’s another one of those guys that’s going to push hard for a spot in the 18 and will feature heavily on the USL team. The sky truly is the limit for Servania who has the opportunity to really make a difference for Dallas once he’s ready. FCD has missed a player who can control the game from central midfield since Kellyn in early 2017. Although, he has his work cut out for him. He’ll have to displace one of the veterans Victor Ulloa or Carlos Gruezo, and show Papi that he deserves a look in midfield before fellow Wake Forest product Jacori Hayes, Paxton Pomykal, and late-season addition Abel Aguilar.