Image: FC Dallas News broke this afternoon that FC Dallas homegrown player Dante Sealy has traveled to the Netherlands. USMNT Only on Twitter was among the first to bring it to the attention of Dallas and Major League Soccer supporters. They shared a screenshot of Sealy's Instagram story, showing him checking at PSV Eindhoven.
The news set Dallas supporters ablaze. FC Dallas has experience with moving young along to bigger clubs in Europe to further their careers. They have already transferred three former academy players to clubs overseas. Chris Richards earned a spot at German giant Bayern Munich, Reggie Cannon left for Boavista FC in Portugal, and Bryan Reynolds went to A.S Roma on a loan with an option to make the move permanent.
FC Dallas is known to downplay any transfer rumors they're involved in, even if it's a transfer as obvious as Bryan Reynolds' move to Serie A earlier this year.
Talks between Dallas and Juventus ended up breaking down but after weeks of speculation, Reynolds finally did move to Europe to no one's surprise. Dallas was unwilling to touch on the subject until the everything was finalized. Several who cover FC Dallas have mentioned the front office's reluctance to admit when a player is being looked at by bigger clubs. Although Dallas has denied a possible transfer of Sealy, a move overseas wouldn't be surprising for him. Independent website 3rd Degree has mentioned for months now that Sealy is very likely to move to Europe when he turns 18, which he did in April.
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Sealy has gone on multiple training sessions with European clubs in the past. In early 2020, spent some time with PSV, even playing in a friendly for their Under-19 team where he was able to score a goal. (https://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/young-americans-abroad:-goal-for-hoppe_aid47615)
In addition to PSV, Sealy has gone with fellow homegrowns to Bayern Munich. He's only visit to the German club so far came in Janaury of 2021. (https://www.fcdallas.com/post/2021/01/04/six-fc-dallas-homegrowns-train-fc-bayern-munich)
Sealy has spent time with USL-One side North Texas Soccer Club on loan in an effort to earn more minutes in professional soccer. During his time with NTSC, he played in 19 games and scored one goal. (https://www.transfermarkt.us/dante-sealy/detaillierteleistungsdaten/spieler/568179)
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Sealy has seen limited action for FC Dallas. In 2020 he made five appearances in MLS but those appearances came very late in games and amounted to just 49 minutes of game time. His role as a late game substitution has continued into this season, so far he's played for a total of 24 minutes but with those limited minutes, he scored his first professional goal for Dallas in their only win of the first half of the season. (https://www.fcdallas.com/players/dante-sealy)
Despite his limited time in MLS, Sealy helped to give Dallas supporters the best night of the 2021 season so far. His first goal came at the very end of their match against the Portland Timbers. In front of the supporter's new section, named the Rhine, Sealy outpaced two defenders and calmly slid the ball into the net with a defender on his heels and the goalkeeper right in front of him. His joy was evident even after the whistle was blown as he celebrated with supporter groups El Matador and the Dallas Beer Guardians.
This will be a story for supporters of FC Dallas and the United States' National Team to watch closely. Even if PSV doesn't end up being his destination, a transfer to Europe is very likely.
By Melanie G. Isbell
Twitter: M_Isbell95 05/31/2021