FC Dallas has signed winger Kalil ElMedkhar to a two-year contract with club options for the 2023, 2024 and 2025 seasons after acquiring his Homegrown Rights from the Philadelphia Union for $50,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM), the club announced today.
FC Dallas could send additional GAM to the Philadelphia Union if ElMedkhar meets certain performance metrics while with the club.
The news was first reported by our colleagues at The Brotherly Game.
The 21-year old played two seasons with USL League Two side Reading United AC, where he recorded five goals and three assists in 22 appearances overall.
ElMedkhar played collegiate soccer at the University of Kentucky. He appeared in 66 matches for the Kentucky Wildcats and recorded 20 goals and 21 assists throughout his college career. He was named to United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region First Team and All-C-USA First Team in 2018 and 2019, as well as to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2019. Prior to the start of his junior year season, ElMedkhar was also named C-USA Preseason Co-Offensive Player of the Year, to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List and the C-USA Preseason Team.
This move comes on the heels of FC Dallas trading veteran winger Michael Barrios to the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday. While FC Dallas likely still has a bigger signing set to truly replace Barrios, it is intriguing to see them sign a young winger from a MLS academy that isn’t their own.
What do you make of this move by the club? Will wee see a lot of ElMedkhar in 2021 or does he seemed more destined to spend time with North Texas SC in the USL League One?