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Ricardo Pepi signed as FC Dallas’ latest Homegrown player

Pepi is the first player to sign with FC Dallas through USL League One development pathway 

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After two straight games with the first team in US Open Cup play, FC Dallas has opted to sign forward Ricardo Pepi to a Homegrown contract. The team announced Pepi as their latest signing Friday morning, the 26th HGP deal in team history.

Pepi is the first player to earn a MLS deal after spending time with the team’s USL League One side North Texas SC.

He is the leading USL League One goal scorer with seven goals in six matches for North Texas SC this season.

At 16 years and 163 days old, Pepi is the fourth youngest player to sign with FC Dallas behind Bryan Reynolds, Dante Sealy and Jesus Ferreira.

Pepi first joined to the FCD Academy in 2016 from the club’s youth affiliate in his native El Paso. During the 2016-17 Academy season, he appeared in 15 games and scored 18 goals for U-13 Academy team and scored 12 goals in 13 appearances for the U-14 Academy. For the 2017-2018 season, Pepi moved up to the U-16s, where he appeared in 14 games and scored five goals.

What do you make of this signing? Are you happy to see Pepi get a MLS deal this quickly?