It has been a huge week for FC Dallas’ Homegrown forward Ricardo Pepi. Not only did he score his first goal in the Texas Derby over the weekend in Houston but his chance to shine at the MLS All-Star Game came through as the 18-year old scored the game-winning penalty as the MLS All-Stars took down the Liga MX All-Stars Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium.
Pepi entered the game at the start of the second half with MLS trailing 1-0 thanks to Jonathan Rodriguez’s 20th-minute goal. The MLS All-Stars equalized eight minutes after the break when LAFC’s Jesús Murrillo headed home from Eduard Atuesta’s corner kick.
Pepi’s involvement in the game showed that his confidence is growing more and more as he takes his chances out on the national stage.
I think it is safe to say that Pepi has definitely arrived on the national stage here too as he is set to make his decision as to which national team he will represent on the international stage. During the broadcast, FS1’s analyst Stuart Holden said that Pepi was leaning towards the United States over Mexico. We’ll know soon enough as the US will reveal their September roster for their upcoming World Cup Qualifying games on Thursday morning.