FC Dallas has signed defender Kris Reaves to a Homegrown contract, becoming the 20th Homegrown player and 22nd Academy product signed by the club.
The 6-foot-2, 160-pound center back started 34 games for the University of Portland over the past two seasons after transferring from Wake Forest University prior to his junior year. In two seasons with the Demon Deacons, Reaves started all 41 games leading Wake Forest to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and earned All-ACC Freshman honors.
“I’m incredibly proud and thrilled for Kris Reaves as he signs his first professional contract,” Portland head coach Nick Carlin-Voigt said in a press release. “Dallas is signing a great player and even better young man. Kris was a tremendous ambassador for our program and I thank him for his unwavering confidence in our vision and deep belief in our mission.
“Kris comes from a wonderful family and credit to his parents, Ken and Charmaine Reaves for raising a well gentleman. A successful program always needs strong leaders and Kris is a great example to our current and future UP players that one can play college soccer for four years while still developing into a professional. Kris entered our locker room incredibly humble and trained like a pro with the objective of simply maximizing his everyday while chasing and winning championships.”
Reaves joined the FC Dallas Academy in 2012 and was a member of the U-18 Academy team with fellow Homegrown Kellyn Acosta. He played with the U-18s and saw time with the FC Dallas Reserve team for two seasons before his college career. Prior to joining FCD, he played captured the 2012 AAAA Georgia State Championship at Lambert High School just outside Atlanta.
“It feels like I'm coming home,” Reaves told fcdallas.com. “I'm ready to come in and excited to work and put my head down and know that when my opportunity comes I'm going to be ready to not just fill in, but actually help the team and push everyone from the bottom up. Ready to work and excited.”