- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 16, 2009
- 4 Comments
- Bryan Leyva, FC Dallas Juniors Program, Generation adidas
I guess once one club does it they all decide to take part in the fun that is signing home grown talent. Just last week New York signed their first academy player and now FC Dallas is doing the same. Today the club announced the signing of Bryan Leyva of the FC Dallas Juniors Program to a Generation adidas contract. Leyva is the sixth player academy player signed to the a MLS club.
The signing of Leyva means he won’t have to go through the SuperDraft, something quite a few people thought he would do if the club failed to sign him. He is a highly regarded midfielder who trained with the Mexican National team at the age of 14 and is currently with the Mexico U17s. From what I’ve been told here in Dallas multiple foreign professional clubs have attempted to sign the Leyva, but none of the deals has worked out.
Levya is said to have US residency so he shouldn’t count towards any of the club’s international roster spots. Also due to the new home grown player rule he will not count towards the club’s 24-man roster.
I’ve only seen this kid a couple times down here and he is pretty impressive. I doubt we will see him get any time on the field in the final few games of the season but Dallas did a good thing by signing one of their own and believe me they have a handful of others in their system that could be worth signing before long too.