U.S. U-20 Danny Garcia signs with FC Dallas
North Carolina midfielder Danny Garcia will not be returning to Chapel Hill for his sophomore campaign.
The standout midfielder has reportedly signed a homegrown contract with FC Dallas ahead of traveling with the U.S. Under-20 team to the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey June 21 to July 13. Garcia had generated interest from clubs overseas, according to a report in Soccer by Ives.
Garcia, 20, was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 2012. He started 21 of 23 matches for the Tar Heels, scoring four goals and assisting on six for a team that lost in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament to eventual College Cup winners Indiana. Two of his goals last season were game winners and one, a goal to beat Duke 1-0, helped the Tar Heels advance to the semifinals of the ACC Championship, which they ended up losing to Maryland in the final.
He was a member of the U.S. U20 team that qualified for the U-20 World Cup with a second place finish in the CONCACAF U-20 Championships earlier this year and traveled to France with the team to participate in the Toulon Tournament. The Dallas native scored 15 goals in 29 matches with the FC Dallas Academy in the 2010-11 season.
The 11th homegrown player signed by FC Dallas, Garcia joins a company of players like Wil Trapp, DeAndre Yedlin and Dillon Serna to leave college early and sign as a homegrown player.
Since the rule was implemented by Major League Soccer in 2007, 19 other players on college rosters have signed, all but four leaving college early to head to the pros. Previous homegrown signings to have played at North Carolina include Tyler Deric and Alex Dixon of Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew’s Ben Speas, who transferred to North Carolina from Akron and played a season in Chapel Hill before signing a homegrown player deal.
To sign as a homegrown player, the player must have resided in the club’s home territory and participated in the club’s youth development system for at least one year.