In less than a week after being reported that FC Dallas keeper Jesse Gonzalez was drawing interest from Liga MX teams, a new report from The Athletic is suggesting that the 24-year old will remain in Dallas after signing a new contract.
Paul Tenorio wrote up this piece on how FC Dallas’ manager Luchi Gonzalez is hoping to one day see a senior national team full of FC Dallas homegrown players. The report was full of intriguing nuggets that include a new contract for Jesse Gonzalez.
FC Dallas has locked up several of its top young players with long-term guaranteed contracts that reach TAM levels, including Paxton Pomykal, 20, and Jesus Ferreira, 18. A league source said the club recently agreed to a new long-term contract with goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, who was drawing interest from teams abroad. Signing those players to long-term deals not only gives Dallas short-term stability but also sets a bar for every player in the academy.
Like the quote mentions above, FC Dallas worked hard these last couple of months to secure new deals for their young core. Locking these players into new contracts doesn’t mean they’ll stay here for the duration of them but it does provide the club leverage should their game continue to develop and foreign interest picks up in them.
The report also snuck in a detail on a potential Homegrown signing for this offseason too.
Eight of those nine players who are 21 or younger came up through the FC Dallas academy, and that doesn’t account for players like Schalke and U.S. national team star midfielder Weston McKennie; starting goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, who is 24; Chris Richards, who is now at Bayern Munich; 16-year-old Dante Sealy, who scored a goal on loan in USL League One last season; Kellyn Acosta, now a starting midfielder for the Colorado Rapids; or Eddie Munjoma, one of the best right backs in college soccer last season, who is in negotiations to sign a homegrown deal with FC Dallas this winter.
Signing Munjoma was said to be one of the items on the priority list for the club this winter after his impressive senior season with SMU this past fall. The right back from McKinney started 59 games during this time at SMU (playing in 66 total games as well). He scored 12 goals and added in 22 assists during that time. This past season saw him produce a 10 goal and eight assist effort from his right back post.
Needless to say, having someone like that waiting in the wings has probably helped not stress too much over Reggie Cannon not signing a new deal this offseason as well.
What do you make of Jesse Gonzalez staying put? Happy to see FCD is close to signing another HGP?