The transfer saga for FC Dallas Homegrown defender Bryan Reynolds is finally done. The club announced on Monday that they have transferred the 19-year old to Italian side A.S. Roma for a franchise-record fee.
While the club’s press release did not disclose the amount of the transfer fee, it is reported that FC Dallas will pocket a pretty sizable amount of money.
The Bryan Reynolds saga is officially over, technically going all the way to deadline day in Europe.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) February 1, 2021
Sealed his historic transfer from FC Dallas to AS Roma today, for around $8.5m up front and up to $11m including incentives. What a move for player and club. pic.twitter.com/AUgzbTn4zX
Reynolds will join Roma on a six-month loan before completing a permanent transfer.
He joined FC Dallas as the 17th Homegrown in club history on Nov. 22, 2016 and became the youngest to ever sign with the club at 15 years and 147 days old. Reynolds appeared in 29 matches for FC Dallas since making his MLS debut in the final minute of a 1-1 draw against Los Angeles FC on May 19, 2019. He recorded four assists, including three during the 2020 season where he was the club’s MVP, Breakout player and Defensive player of the year.
Reynolds stepped into the starting right back role after the departure of Homegrown Reggie Cannon and started in 14 of the club’s 22 regular season matches. After only 112 MLS career minutes under his belt in 2019, Reynolds led the FC Dallas Homegrowns in minutes played with 1,267 during the 2020 campaign. He was also ranked No. 18 in MLSsoccer.com’s annual 22 Under 22 list in 2020.
“We couldn’t be happier for Bryan and his family,” said FC Dallas President Dan Hunt. “Bryan is a true testament to the Academy process. From playing on fields in Fort Worth as a child to competing professionally for us in Frisco and now in Italy, he has inspired a generation of North Texas soccer players with the idea of what’s possible through a pathway at FC Dallas.”
Now that this deal is done, FC Dallas will look to figure out who replaces Reynolds at right back in the 2021 season. There are plenty of options waiting to get their shot too.
What do you make of this deal finally coming to an end? Happy to see him land with Roma? What do you make of the franchise-record transfer fee amount?