USL League One title-holders North Texas SC has loaned midfielder Arturo Rodriguez to USL Championship winners Real Monarchs for one season with an option to buy, pending league and federation approval.
The 21-year old enjoyed a great debut season in USL League One, winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award, Young Player of the Year, Player of the Month for May, and was included in the League One Team of the Week on nine occasions.
Rodriguez played 30 games, recorded a league-high 10 assists and added eight goals—including the title-clinching goal in the inaugural USL League One Final.
In a sense this move makes total sense for FC Dallas and North Texas. There was really no need in keeping Rodriguez in USL-1 for another season given how much he dominated in 2019. He plays a position that isn’t a great need right now for FC Dallas, so loaning him to a USL-C club is the right path, similar to what we saw with Brecc Evans and even with Callum Montgomery.
The landing spot with Real Monarchs is intriguing though, as they are the USL-C title holders coming into 2020. Thankfully they are another club that understands the development path that needs to happen for young players like Rodriguez, so we can hopefully assume that he’ll get plenty of playing time this season in Utah.
I will say that the option to buy after 2020 might be the most intriguing part of this announcement. If FC Dallas gets a decent enough offer for him, it may make some history here (in terms of a player in USL-1 being sold up a division to USL-C, though it won’t be the first one to happen). That is certainly something we’ll have to keep an eye on as 2020 progresses.
What do you make of Rodriguez getting loaned to a Real Monarchs in 2020?