Updated: Feb 23
Image: Comes from Brian Sciaretta's Twitter Post
On January 29th, it was announced via Twitter that FC Dallas homegrowns, Edwin Cerrillo and Brandon Servania would join Austrian side, SKN St Polten on a trial. American Soccer Now writer, Brian Sciaretta first broke the news on Twitter. (https://twitter.com/BrianSciaretta/status/1355185354983288833).
Sciaretta added that he does not believe that this would trial would lead to them buying the players outright from Dallas, but could instead lead to a loan opportunity with, perhaps an option to buy, should the players impress during their trial.
Image: Jessica Tobias via FC Dallas
Cerrillo and Servania both had a great season in 2019, that saw both players make their debuts for the club. 2020 was a disappointing season for both, however, as they saw reduced minutes. As the Dallas midfield grows, both have found themselves lower in the pecking order. A loan may help both to grow as players and give them a better chance at earning minutes.
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Edwin Cerrillo was signed to a homegrown contract on February 14th of 2019. In his first year with the club, he made 12 appearances appearances in the regular season and came on as a sub in Dallas' lone playoff game. His play early in the season earned him a spot on Tab Ramos' U-20 World Cup roster. (https://www.fcdallas.com/post/2019/05/10/edwin-cerrillo-paxton-pomykal-brandon-servania-called-united-states-u-20-national)
Unfortunately, in 2020 Cerrillo played only 17 minutes for Dallas. He played mostly for North Texas Soccer Club, scoring a wonder goal against USL-One side Union Omaha.
Cerrillo has a lot of potential, he could be the future 6 of the FC Dallas. Unfortunately though, the midfield in Dallas is quite crowded right now, so a loan may be the best option for him right now.
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Brandon Servania was signed to a homegrown contract in January of 2018. In his first year, he did not appear for the club, instead going on loan to USL Champions side, Tulsa Roughnecks (now known as Tulsa FC). He made his debut for Dallas in 2019 and played a total of 1,118 minutes in the regular season, scoring 2 goals and recording 3 assists. He played mostly as a box-to-box midfielder for the club.
Like Cerrillo, Servania was called up to the U-20 US National Team for the U-20 World Cup. He scored the USA's first goal of the tournament. (https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/05/24/fc-dallas-midfielder-brandon-servania-scores-1st-us-goal-u-20-world-cup).
2020 saw a reduction of minutes for the homegrown. In 12 games, Brandon only played for 398 minutes, a vast difference from his 2019 playtime. A medial collateral ligament injury, plus the rise of Tanner Tessman and acquisition of Andres Ricaurte making the midfield more crowded than it was before, kept the season a quiet one for Servania. Injury information can be found on Transfer Market. (https://www.transfermarkt.us/brandon-servania/verletzungen/spieler/455979)
Before the news about SKN St. Polten broke, Cerrillo and Servania were a part of the six players sent to train with Bayern Munich during the off season which was set to end today. (https://www.fcdallas.com/post/2021/01/04/six-fc-dallas-homegrowns-train-fc-bayern-munich)
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The trial, whether or not it amounts to anything, will provide both players a chance to get out of their comfort zones and grow.
By Melanie G. Isbell