Dallas Soccer: Nicolas Gianni

2012 FC Dallas Roster Dance

February, 9, 2012
The Roster Dance is a long running feature of 3rd Degree. It is an effort to break down the FC Dallas roster into its various components with all the trialists and draft picks competing for spots. The Roster Dance includes things like nationality, age, status, green cards, and anything else that might impact space on the roster and the players that might fit into it.

Last updated: 2/9/12

Senior Roster (18 to 20)

For now MLS rosters hold at up to 30 players. Players 1 to 20 are on the senior roster and have to fit in the salary cap. (MLS teams may carry only 18 players on this senior roster if they wish)

FCD has 8 international slots in 2010 with 8 currently filled.
1 David Ferreira 32, Colombian F/M. (8/9/79) Got his green card.
2 Daniel Hernandez New 5 year coach/player deal. 35, US M/D (7/23/76)
3 Jair Benitez 33, Colombian LB, (1/11/79). Green card.
4 Blas Pérez (I1) Panamanian striker, turns 31 this year. (3-13-81)
5 Brek Shea 20, US Nats MF. (2/28/90).
6 Ugo Ihemelu 28, US D. (4/3/83)
7 Kevin Hartman 37, US GK. (5-25-1974)
8 Zach Loyd 24, US Nats M/D. (7-18-87)
9 Fabian Castillo (I2) 19, Colombian striker. (6-01-92)
10 Ricardo Villar (I3) 32, Brazilian, AM. (8-11-79) working on green card
11 Andrew Jacobson 26, US DM. (9-25-85)
12 Hernan Pertúz (I4) 22, Columbian U23, D. (3-31-89)
13 Chris Seitz 24, US GK. (3-12-87)
14 Bobby Warshaw 23, US M/D. (11-21-88)
15 Carlos Rodriguez (I5) 21 year old Panamian M/D from Tauro FC. (4-12-90)
16 Nicolás Gianni (I6) a.k.a. Nicolas Cridani. 29, F/M. (3/9/82) starting for Ferreira.
17 Scott Sealy T&T F. 30, Previously with KC and SJ. (6/4/81) green card.
18 Bruno Guarda 26, Brazil MF. (2/6/86). Green card

19 Daniel Cruz (I7) 30, Colombian, M. Injured. (5-3-81) May be in roster trouble…
20 Jack Stewart 28 year old US D. (5-29-1983) He gets John’s spot for now.

-- George John US CB. (3/20/87) Not currently on FCD roster, loan ends in March?
-- Rodolofo Espinoza (I9) 30 year old Mexican M, Chivas USA 10-11. (6-14-81)
-- Kleyner Bejarano (I10) a.k.a. Kleyner Bejarano Mena 22, Colombian D. (9/16/89)

Players occupying roster spots 1-24 will earn at least $42,000 in 2011.

Off-Budget Roster (10)

Roster Spots 21 to 30. Generation adidas, developmental players, and home grown. Players 24 and under that don’t count on the salary cap. MLS teams can have a maximum of 10 off-budget players.
21 Matt Hedges UD D, ‘12 1st pick. (4-1-90) Senior roster?
22 Andrew Wiedeman (Ga1) 22, US versatile. F/M/D. (8-22-89)
23 Bryan Leyva (HG1) 20, Mexican U20 MF (2/9/92) green card.
24 Ruben Luna (HG2, I8) 19, Mexican U20 striker. (2-10-92)
25 Victor Ulloa (HG3) 19, US Midfielder. (3-4-92)
26 Moises Hernandez (HG4) US D, former U20 (3-5-92)
27 Jonathan Top (HG5) 19, US striker. (1-26-93)
28 Richard Sanchez (HG6) 17, Mexican keeper US Citizen. (2-28-94)
29 Scott Gordon 23 year old US D, 3rd round pick in 2011. (4-6-88)
30 Christian Ibeagha 22, US U17 from OK (born Nigeria). (1-10-90)

-- Alex Lee 2012 pick, D from Maryland. Just arrived in camp.
-- Ian Kalis 2012 Supplemental Draft pick from SMU. Injured?

Players occupying roster spots 25-30 will earn at least $32,600 in 2011.

Other Players

Anyone connected, rumored, tried out, waived, training invited, or signed as a short term player.
Marvin Chavez Traded to San Jose.
Walter Hines M, preseason trialist
Martin John LB, preseason trialist
Joe Madigan M, preseason trialist
Jackson Brazilian M, on loan to Cruzeiro
Mykel Galindo Waived in off season.
Edson Edward Waived in off season.
Josh Lambo Former Ga GK, waived in off season.

Info on FC Dallas' two new trialists

January, 27, 2012
On Thursday night after FC Dallas’ second practice of the day, head coach Schellas Hyndman talked about two trialists who will be joining the club later in the week. One of those, Colombian defender/midfielder Kleyner Mena, was ready for training on Friday morning, while the other, Argentine forward Nicolas Gianni won’t join the club until later this weekend.

Here’s the scoop on the two players:

Nicolas Andres Gianni
Age: 29
Home Country: Argentina
Position: Forward
Last Club: Estudiantes de Merida (Venuezela)

Hyndman’s Take: “Nicolas, has a very, very rich soccer background. He’s played many, many years with a lot of different teams. Plays anywhere up front. He’s 29-years-old. Played with Argentina Juniors. In 2008, he played with Universidad Catolica out of Chile. Then he played with Argentina Juniors. Last year he played with Estudiantes in Venezuela. I think he’s a player that we’re excited to have him in here to look at him.”

Kleyner Bejarano Mena
Age: 22
Home Country: Colombia
Position: Midfielder/Defender
Last Club: Cortulua (Colombian Second Division)

Hyndman’s Take: “He just flew in and he was feeling weak, so we pulled him out (of Friday’s morning practice). We didn’t see much of him. Mena’s a player that is coming out of Colombia. He’s playing on a second-division team not on a first-division team. There’s some reasons for that (not playing in the top division) but he’s a right-sided midfielder. He’s extremely quick, very athletic and also right fullback. He has the combination of going to both sides of the field. I think we need to find a good right-sided midfielder on our team. (Fabian) Castillo can do it (start on the right side) but Castillo could be our striker.”