- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 30, 2010
- 2 Comments
- FC Dallas Juniors, Homegrown Talent
A press release went out yesterday from FC Dallas stating they’d be signing three new players today. This morning they announced the signing of three youth stars from their Junior’s system. Forward Ruben Luna, midfielder Victor Ulloa, and defender Moises Hernandez all signed to professional contracts under Major League Soccer’s homegrown player initiative.
“Today marks a momentous achievement for our organization,” Vice President of Hunt Sports Group Dan Hunt said. “One of our principle initiatives at FC Dallas is to identify and develop home grown players and to graduate those players from our academy onto our professional roster. To now have four players come through our youth development system symbolizes more than the culmination of their individual hard work and determination. It is a testament to the fulfillment of the goals of this organization, and the success of the development system we are building.”
Luna scored a team high 26 goals in 29 appearances for the U18 FC Dallas Juniors this season. The team won the USSDA Central Conference with a record of 11-2-3. He will be eligible to play with the first team during the 2010 season, while Ulloa and Hernandez will be eligible for the 2011 season.
These three bring the North Texas club’s total of homegrown talent to four if you add Bryan Leyva who was signed last September.
Update: Upon talking to a couple folks around town it looks like this move to get Ulloa and Hernandez was the club’s was of getting ahead of the game. Both players were said to be considering turning pro next season anyways, this is just the club’s way of getting ahead of the curve by signing them now.