Written by Travis Clark

Is this going to be the year of Kellyn Acosta?

Fresh off a call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team for World Cup qualifying, the midfielder scored a tremendous free kick to lead FC Dallas to a 2-1 win last night against Pachuca.

The goal puts FCD up after the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against the Liga MX side, and is a hint of things to come from the burgeoning midfielder.

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Written by Will Parchman

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You didn’t really need proof Kellyn Acosta is a midfielder. All you needed was ocular consistency. Acosta’s been a 6/8 hybrid for FC Dallas and Oscar Pareja since the jump, a luxury he has yet to receive with any consistency for the national team.

Acosta has loudly been trotted out as a fullback in brief stints with Jurgen Klinsmann on the full team, notably in a recent World Cup qualifier against St. Vincent & the Grenadines in which he started at left back. This has been his national MO for years, stretching back to his U17 days and most recently his time wearing the captain’s armband for the 2015 U20 World Cup.

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Written by Jahmal Corner

ESPN today released their NEXT 10: a collection of youth athletes from various sports that project to have promising futures.

It’s no surprise that U.S. National Team and FC Dallas standout Kellyn Acosta made the esteemed list. Acosta, who started for the U.S. U17 squad during the World Cup in Mexico, is an athletic and versatile player who can be put anywhere on the field.

His future is likely as a defender but he has shown attacking prowess throughout his career. When we chatted with Acosta back in February, shortly after he made a verbal commitment to Maryland, he spoke about his determination to become a professional.

His presence as the only soccer player on this list clearly shows he’s already in select company.

See the full list here.

 

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