Dallas Signs Academy Player

Dallas Signs Academy Player

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 16, 2009
  • 4 Comments
  • Bryan Leyva, FC Dallas Juniors Program, Generation adidas

Photo via FC Dallas

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.

  • Anonymous

    If I understand the homegrown rule, he won't be eligible to play in ANY of the remaining games this season. That is what was mentioned when DC signed their homegrown player recently.

  • SDM

    Good news for the league, IMO. Once these teams develop players they sign to either a.)become a vital part of their squad and/ or b.) collect transfer fees from these players, I'm sure the rules regarding these kids will be revised significantly. I'm sure the superdraft will still be around in some form or another, but developing and signing these youth prospects could dramatically change the depth and overall level of MLS. Now if they could just knock out the new CBA, they will be golden.

  • If I understand the homegrown rule, he won’t be eligible to play in ANY of the remaining games this season. That is what was mentioned when DC signed their homegrown player recently.

  • SDM

    Good news for the league, IMO. Once these teams develop players they sign to either a.)become a vital part of their squad and/ or b.) collect transfer fees from these players, I’m sure the rules regarding these kids will be revised significantly. I’m sure the superdraft will still be around in some form or another, but developing and signing these youth prospects could dramatically change the depth and overall level of MLS. Now if they could just knock out the new CBA, they will be golden.