For the first two months of being in existence, North Texas Soccer Club has been doing a slow approach to building out their inaugural roster. That is about to change as the club announced five signings on Thursday afternoon, bringing their current roster total up to nine players.
North Texas SC has signed former FC Dallas Academy players Carlos Avilez, Arturo Rodriguez and Oscar Romero, as well as international players Bicou Bissainthe and Abdoul Gaffar Ibrahim pending league and U.S. Soccer Federation approval.
Rodriguez, Romero and Bissainthe, all midfielders, join the club on one-year contracts with options for the 2020 season. Avilez, a goalkeeper, joins the club on a two-year contract with an option for the 2021 season. Ibrahim, primarily a left back, joins the club on a one-year loan from MFK Vyskov with an option to buy.
Many folks may recall Avilez as FC Dallas’ first academy player to sign a USL contract back in 2017. He saw time through the club’s affiliation with Oklahoma City Energy that season. Avilez has been called up to Mexico’s U-20 National Team camp on two occasions.
The 20-year old Rodriguez joined the FC Dallas Academy in 2017 and quickly made his mark by scoring the game-winning goal against CF Monterrey Rayados in Dallas Cup XXXVIII Final to lead FC Dallas to its first Gordon Jago Super Group title. In total, Rodriguez played 13 games for the Academy in 2017, scoring eight goals.
Romero, 22, played for the FC Dallas Academy for three seasons beginning in 2013. During the 2015 season, he scored 11 goals in 26 games for the U-18 Academy team.
Rodriguez and Romero are the 29th and 30th Academy products signed to a professional contract by the FC Dallas organization.
Bissainthe joins fellow Haitian Ronaldo Damus on the North Texas SC squad. The 19-year old is a graduate of the Real Hope Football Academy in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. Bissainthe scored three goals in four games during the 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Ibrahim, 19, played for AS Togo Port before moving to MFK Vyskov in the Czech third-division in 2018. The defender has represented Togo internationally at various youth levels.