Texas pride will be on the line this weekend when FC Dallas visits rival Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, May 4. This weekend’s game will potentially see the most Texan-born players to be on the field at once in a MLS game.
FC Dallas has put their best foot forward in bringing players up through their academy system over the years by signing nearly 30 academy products to professional contracts in the last decade. On their current roster, they boost nine local players, which is a third of their roster. According to Elias Sports Bureau, that marks the most Texas team in all men’s professional sports in the United States.
FCD has relied on their Homegrown talent even more in 2019 under new manager Luchi Gonzalez. He’s routinely started five Homegrown players this season, which has helped the likes of Paxton Pomykal, Jesus Ferreira and Edwin Cerrillo become breakout stars for the club. Other players such as Reggie Cannon and Jesse Gonzalez have been regular starters for some time now.
The Dynamo on the other hand have three Homegrown players of their own from Texas including 23-year-old midfielder Memo Rodriguez who is tied for the team lead with four goals scored this season.