If you thought FC Dallas was done this week with their signings and roster moves, you thought wrong. On Wednesday, FC Dallas has signed its league-leading 23rd Homegrown player, midfielder Thomas Roberts from its academy.
Roberts, who will remain with the FC Dallas U19’s, is eligible to be added to the first team roster at any point in the future.
He joined the FC Dallas Academy in 2013 and has appeared in 77 U.S. Soccer Development Academy games over three seasons with 16 goals. For those curious about where he plays on the field, Roberts is more of an attacking midfielder type with the academy sides. He’s played up an age group for a while and has been training a lot with the first team this summer.
Roberts still has two years of Academy team eligibility left as well, similar to what we’ve seen in past HGP signings (ie: Jesus Ferreira and Bryan Reynolds).
The 17-year old has already made some waves this year as he went to Germany with fellow Homegrown Chris Richards to train with Bayern Munich. There are already reports that he could go back to Germany on loan too.
Roberts is the first Arkansan to sign for FC Dallas as well.
The FC Dallas Academy has now produced 25 professional players for the FC Dallas first team, 23 of which have signed Homegrown contracts.