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News from Twitter earlier this month has indicted that FC Dallas homegrown players, Tanner Tessman and Thomas Roberts will leave Dallas during the Summer transfer window. Dallas has remained quiet about the possibility of the moves, which is unsurprising as they are usually the last ones to report on any of their transfers.
The possible sell of Tessman was reported early in the month by ESPN soccer writer Jeff Carlisle. He reported via Twitter that Tessman would join fellow Dallas homegrowns Weston McKinnie and Bryan Reynolds in Series A. Instead of joining a big club such as Juventus or A.S Roma, he would transfer to Venezia FC. Venezia, after spending nineteen years in Italy's second division, Series B, will be joining Series A in their new season. They achieved this promotion through Series B playoffs. (https://forzaitalianfootball.com/2021/05/venezia-promoted-to-serie-a/)
FC Dallas has seen several of their homegrowns move on to clubs in Europe and have lost at least one player at every Summer transfer window for a few season now. Some of the notable players that Dallas has lost midseason has been Mauro Diaz, Carlos Gruezo, and Kellyn Acosta.
The news of Tessman leaving isn't too surprising, the player himself has voiced his desire to play in Europe, many just did not expect it to come this early.
Tessman has already been dropped from Dallas' eighteen man roster on gamedays. His last appearance on the bench game came against the New England Revolution in a 2-1 win at Toyota Stadium. His last game was in a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United also at Toyota Stadium where he played just eleven minutes.
Jeff Carlisle posted an update earlier today on the transfer. The move looks to be imminent.
The second player set to leave Dallas is Thomas Roberts. He is reportedly going on a year long loan to Austrian club Austria Klagenfurt. The news was broken by independent North Texas soccer website 3rd Degree.
Brandon Servania, another Dallas homegrown player, recently returned from a loan with Austrian club SKN St. Polten, giving Roberts a little bit of insight into the Austrian Bundesliga.
Roberts was signed in 2018 but has only made six appearances for Dallas. He spent most of his time in Texas with the second division team North Texas Soccer Club of USL League One. 3rd Degree has reported that Roberts has been offered a couple of loan opportunities in the past but they were either denied or Luchi would convince him to stay. Despite staying with Dallas, Roberts hasn't seen any time with FC Dallas since 2019. The past loan opportunities are talked about in 3rd Degree's latest podcast. (https://3rddegree.net/3rd-degree-the-podcast-118-now-available)
A move away should be good for Roberts. Hopefully it'll restart his career and the loan will eventually turn into a full transfer. It's one that Dallas fans have hoped for. Roberts needs minutes. Luchi doesn't seem to trust him in MLS and he's already outgrown USL League One. Even if it's not with Dallas, fans of the club wish to see their players succeed.
With a thin roster growing even thinner, Dallas will need to find suitable replacements to help ease the burden of the players. Although the midfield is still well stacked, the money that these moves will free up should go to positions in need, such as right-back, the wings, and maybe striker and centerback. Dallas has not comfirmed either transfer yet but the two sources above are trustworthy so they should be officially announced by the club soon.
By Melanie G. Isbell