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Thursday, May 5, 2011
Dallas Sueno finalists - an added bonus

By Buzz Carrick

An added bonus of Sueno, and depending on who you talk to this may be the best part, is the chance it gives FCD to scout and tap the market of talent outside the Developmental Academies and the Classic League. FCD has added players to their youth set up before from Sueno and we would hope the same thing might happen this year.

There are several intriguing bios listed as the six Dallas finalists, one is only 13 years old (and the son of a former Mexican professional player) and if he can compete with this kids up to ages 18 that is really something. Without having been at the Sueno contest its even possible FC Dallas may tap kids outside the top six.

Here are the bios of the six Dallas finalists, several, or all, or whom I hope to see in a FC Dallas Academy kit soon.

Reyes Espino (Midfielder - 15 years-old – Pharr, TX) – FC Dallas
Among the six FC Dallas finalists, Espino is the one who traveled the farthest to make his dream come true. From Pharr, Texas – approximately 10 hours from Frisco (home of FC Dallas) – Espino is a creative midfielder, who during the tryouts made very good decisions on the ball and showed great vision on the field.

Brian García (Center Midfielder – 13 years-old – Dallas, TX) – FC Dallas
García was born in Querétaro, Mexico, and started playing soccer at the age of six. He goes to Frankford Middle School, and despite his age, he left a big impression with the FC Dallas scouts. His father, Alberto “El Guamerú” García, played professionally for Mexican clubs Monterrey and Chivas, while also suiting-up for the Mexican National Team. According to FC Dallas Academy coaches, García reminds them of former FC Dallas Colombian Midfielder Juan Toja. He has great skill with both feet. NOTE: Brian was born in 1997 and will turn 14 this year, making him eligible to participate.

Anthony Hall (Goalkeeper – 16 years-old– Dallas, TX)–Local FC Dallas winner of Allstate “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper award – El Portero Allstate
Hall was recognized as the best goalkeeper at the FC Dallas local tryouts, and is competing for the Allstate “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper award at the national “Final Event”. A student at Bryan Adams High School, Hall once managed to stop four penalty kicks during the final match of a youth championship, allowing his team to win the competition. A tall and very vocal goalkeeper, his ability to lead and organize the defense from his goal impressed the scouting group. Hall reached the local semifinals of Sueño MLS Houston in 2010.

José Hernández (Center Forward – 15 years-old – Dallas, TX) – FC Dallas
Born in Mexico, Hernández is a tall center-forward who during the FC Dallas trials was a constant threat in the attack. He started playing soccer at the age of five and currently attends Thomas Jefferson High School. He regularly plays against older youth players and adults, who admire his scoring abilities and dribbling skills. Hernández is a natural goal-scorer, and possesses outstanding technical ability.

Giovanni Moreno (Sweeper - 14 years-old – Fort Worth, TX) – FC Dallas
Moreno was the second youngest player at the FC Dallas tryouts, but made an impact with his height. What struck the coaches most was his ability to play well at several different positions, and his ability to play with both feet. He attends Morningside Middle School, and according to Moreno, Sueño MLS is the biggest thing that has ever happened to him.

Anthony Ortega (Center Midfielder – 16 years-old – Dallas, TX) – FC Dallas
Ortega stood out for his enthusiasm during the trials. FC Dallas scouts noted his intelligence on the pitch and ability in the air. He was widely recognized as the top defensive midfielder at the FC Dallas tryouts. Ortega plays varsity soccer for Woodrow Wilson High School and indoor soccer for a local club.