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2019 Big D Soccer Awards: Top U-23 Player

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With a team of Homegrown players, picking the best under 23 is tricky and a fun debate.

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Since award season is upon us here in the offseason for FC Dallas, our staff has gotten together for the first of four awards that we’re going to hand out following the 2019 season.

Up first is a look at FC Dallas’ top U-23 player. With the team having so many Homegrown and young players available, the selection for this one was a tough one that came down to a tie when our staff was polled.

Jesus Ferreira and Brandon Servania ended up tied on votes with four apiece, while Reggie Cannon earned three votes to his name, and Paxton Pomykal claimed the last remaining vote.

MLS: New York City FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Here are some comments from our staff on Ferreira:

“Best offensive player on a team that was, at times, starved for attack.” - Ben Lyon

“Played multiple positions in his first full season with the senior squad. Once he adjusted to the speed of the game he played as if he belonged. Double digits in G+A is quite nice for a kid who played half the season in a fairly new position.” - Jared Tilley

“A Golden Boot season from him in really what is his first full season of playing in MLS. Not bad, only better things to come I think.” - Drew Epperley

Here are some comments from our staff on Servania:

“I’d have voted Paxton but Servania really improved from start to finish and wound up being an integral part of the lineup in crunch time. If this is highest upside I’d change my vote but since it is just this season’s award I gotta go with Servania (who also has crazy upside btw).” - Jeff Loftin

“Servania was arguably one of Dallas most important players and took significant strides forward in his development filling in for the departed Carlos Gruezo.” - Mohammad Bushnaq

“Servania ended up being the most critical u23 to FCD’s efforts this year. He makes an impact on both sides of the pitch and brings a unique skill set.” - Jack Rouse