FC Dallas' Summer of Departures

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FC Dallas had a relatively quiet transfer window this summer, at least when compared to past transfer windows. They added one new player, defensive midfielder Facundo Quignon. (https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/fc-dallas-sign-midfielder-facundo-quignon-from-lanus) They also saw the departure of three homegrown players, two on loans and another transferred.

The latest departure came today as FC Dallas announced the long term loan of young winger, Dante Sealy to Netherlands club PSV Eindhoven. (https://www.fcdallas.com/news/fc-dallas-loans-homegrown-dante-sealy-to-psv-eindhoven)

Freelance writer Tom Bogert was the first to break the news via Twitter yesterday.

Dante Sealy went on a training stint with PSV in late May of this year. (https://www.mlsnowpodcast.com/post/fc-dallas-dante-sealy-training-with-psv) Many have speculated that he would leave Dallas and sign with a European club as soon as he turned eighteen.

Sealy hasn't made much an impact with the first team. He made eleven appearances in Major League Soccer, accounting to 111 minutes but none of them were starts. He has one goal, which came earlier this season in a 4-1 victory over the Portland Timbers at Toyota Stadium in early May.

The loan is set to last two years with an option to buy should he impress at PSV. He'll play with their U-23 team. In addition to the loan, Dallas also extended Sealy's contract. His contract is now set to end after the 2024 MLS season. Club options for the 2025 and 2026 seasons were also added.

The other loan came in July. Midfielder Thomas Roberts is currently in Austria, playing for SK Austria Klagenfurt. The loan will last until May of 2022. Like Sealy, Roberts hasn't made an impact at Dallas. He's only made six appearances and they all came in 2019. Dallas did not mention an option to buy in the loan. Like with Sealy, they also extended Roberts' contract. They added in a one year club option for the 2023 season. (https://www.fcdallas.com/news/fc-dallas-loans-homegrown-thomas-roberts-to-sk-austria-klagenfurt)

The last departure that FC Dallas saw this summer was the somewhat surprising transfer of midfielder Tanner Tessmann. (https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/official-serie-a-s-venezia-fc-sign-tanner-tessmann-from-fc-dallas)

Like Bryan Reynolds, Tessmann was quickly noticed by a club in Italy. Venezia, who recently earned promotion to Serie A, decided to bring the young American in to strengthen their roster. Tom Bogert reported that Venezia offered Dallas $4.1m.

Tessman signed with Dallas in 2020. He recorded an assist in his first professional game and his play that season earned him a call-up to a senior United States' National Team camp in January of 2021 where he made his debut against Trinidad and Tobago. He would then join the U-23 USMNT in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanner_Tessmann)

Midfield has been Dallas' most stacked position in recent years so Tessmann's departure hasn't affected the club. The move should help Tessmann take the next steps in his career and will hopefully prepare him for more appearances for the USMNT in the future.

By Melanie G. Isbell

Twitter: M_Isbell95