- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 12, 2011
- 0 Comments
- Home Grown Players, Jonathan Top
We’ve all been saying for a long time that once teams start getting talent into their academy systems that things will take off. Well here in Dallas it certainly looks like things are beginning to take off for the club. FC Dallas has signed academy forward Jonathan Top to a professional contract, the club announced today. Top is the fifth Home Grown Player signed by FC Dallas, the most of any Major League Soccer team.
Top, who turns 18 on Jan. 26, was the leading scorer for the FC Dallas Under-18 Development Academy team this season. Playing alongside previous FC Dallas Home Grown signees Ruben Luna, Moises Hernandez, Victor Ulloa and Bryan Leyva, Top found the back of the net eight times in 10 matches this season.
Top was named to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Starting XI for the Under-16 Central Conference in July of 2010. He was seen as one of the next guys that needed to be signed a Home Grown contract by the club by Goal.com.
We’ve thought all winter that Dallas needed depth up top and this certainly fills part of that need. I’m not thinking Top is a starter right away so don’t read into that but what it does do for FC Dallas is it gets this club a little younger. That was one of the needs of the club going into the winter. He and Luna should find some time with the club this year as they have plenty of extra games on the schedule.
Dallas does still need someone who has more professional experience playing up top to go with these kids. I know they’re close to bringing in a midfielder that can play up top according to Technical Director Barry Gorman.
With this move I see Dallas likely not picking a striker with their first round pick in tomorrow’s SuperDraft. A flank player or even a defender seems more likely at this point. Or they could trade the pick for extra allocation though I don’t get the sense that they will do that just yet.