FC Dallas Homegrown Trio Head to U23 Training Camp


Image: FC Dallas (https://www.fcdallas.com/post/2021/02/22/photo-gallery-mtx-becomes-official-jersey-partner)


Three FC Dallas players will be heading off to Guadalajara, Mexico for Jason Kries' U23 training camp. The three players leaving Frisco for the training camp are forwards Jesus Ferreira and Ricardo Pepi and midfielder Tanner Tessman. The training camp will help prepare the U23s for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and allow Kries to evaluate players before selecting the final 20-man roster for the tournament which is set to begin March 18th. The USA will start off the tournament by playing against Costa Rica on opening day. (https://www.fcdallas.com//post/2021/03/01/fc-dallas-homegrown-trio-called-u-23-usmnt-training-camp-ahead-concacaf-men-s)

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Brandon Servania who was mentioned as being on the preliminary roster on February 23rd was not included on the list of players heading to Mexico for the training camp. (https://www.fcdallas.com/post/2021/02/23/five-fc-dallas-homegrowns-named-usmnt-preliminary-roster-olympic-qualifying)


The list is MLS heavy, so it is possible that St. Polten, the Austrian club he is currently loaned to, did not release him for the camp, though nothing official on that has been reported. European clubs were not required to release players for the qualifying tournament. (https://www.kiro7.com/sports/efrain-lvarez-left/4JEBCHXXEFMOL7E7STN4JT4BDU/#:~:text=Teams%20are%20not%20required%20to,qualifying%20or%20for%20the%20Olympics.&text=The%20)

Image: FC Dallas, link can be found on first picture


FC Dallas mentioned both on their website and Twitter that Pepi is the youngest player to get called to the U23 camp. In FC Dallas' article, Pepi said that he was excited for the challenge and happy that for the opportunity to earn a spot on the roster. (https://www.fcdallas.com/post/2021/03/01/jes-s-ferreira-ricardo-pepi-and-tanner-tessmann-included-u-23-usmnt-olympic-training)


Ferreira and Tessman were both a part of the senior USMNT roster that won against Trinidad and Tobago 7-0 in January. The game saw Tessman make his debut for the senior National Team and Ferreira score 2 goals and record 3 assists. (https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-states-usa/story/4304160/jesus-ferreira-repays-gregg-berhalters-faith-as-usmnt-begins-2021-brightly)


By Melanie G. Isbell

Twitter: M_Isbell95



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