North Texas Soccer Club has made their second and third player signings today, by bringing in a couple of FC Dallas Academy graduates in Ronaldo Damus and Brecc Evans. Damus, a forward, signed to a one year contract with an option for 2020. Evans, a defender, signed to a two year contract with an option for 2021.
Both Damus and Evans are 19 and will give the fans something exciting to look forward to. Damus is a Haitian International with lots of upside, having scored 12 goals in 13 games for the FCD U-19s in 2017-2018. Evans was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team during his first season of collegiate soccer.
According to Carter Baum, because Damus only spent a few months with the Academy, therefore is not eligible for a Homegrown contract down the road. Evans on the other hand can still be signed to a Homegrown contract, should he impress in the next few years as a pro.
Obviously this will now allow Dallas to protect some of their prized Academy prospects by signing them to professional contracts and keep poachers at bay. Teams will still come knocking, but they at least must fork over some kind of compensation for FC Dallas’ investment. NTSC won’t be entirely comprised of Academy grads, but this gives the club a venue to keep some valuable assets within their system and the player a chance to continue to develop in a professional and competitive environment.