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FC Dallas signs defender Chris Richards to Homegrown contract

Richards makes number 22 for FCD.

FC Dallas communications

FC Dallas has signed defender Chris Richards to a Homegrown contract, making him the 22nd HGP signed to the club.

Richards, who will remain with the FC Dallas’ U-19s, will be eligible to be added to the first team roster upon completion of homegrown eligibility requirements.

He joined the FC Dallas Academy last year and has started 13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy matches for FC Dallas’ U-19s. The Alabama native also started all three matches for the U-19s in Dallas Cup two weeks ago. He scored the only goal in a 1-1 draw with Querétaro on March 28.

Richards has been seen in first team training a lot this spring. Seeing that he still has to spend some time with the U19s before he can get first team minutes is probably a positive thing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him loaned north to OKC at some point later this year as well.

The interesting part of the whole ‘needs to complete homegrown eligibility requirements’ tells me that MLS is starting to pick up on guys like this that may sign in Europe or Mexico instead of MLS. There are reports that Richards had been looking to Europe but an exception was made to make this deal happen with FCD.

What do you make of this new signing? Happy to see FCD land a player before he could have potentially left for Europe?