Dallas Soccer: Sueno MLS

The televised MLS talent season known as Sueño is returning for 2012 and once again FC Dallas is a host team. Tryouts for Sueño MLS 2012 kick-off the weekend of Saturday, April 14, with two days of open tryouts in Frisco, TX, home of FC Dallas. FCD has plucked talent form the competition to join their academy in the past, even if they did miss out on signing professionally the biggest fish from the competition's history: Gabriel Funes Mori.

Starting this afternoon, Sunday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. CT), hopefuls will be able to register via www.SuenoMLS.com for an opportunity to participate in one of three open tryouts. The competition and personal stories will be chronicled by Univision Network’s popular weekly sports entertainment program, “República Deportiva” (Sports Republic).

Now in its sixth year, Sueño MLS 2012 – presented by Allstate will be staged by three MLS teams, including first-time host, Seattle Sounders FC, as well as returning hosts FC Dallas and Chivas USA. Up to 500 tryout spots will be made available at each city on a first come, first served basis. In past years, spots have filled up in only a few hours following the start of registration. A waiting list will be available for those who are not able to register for the initial spots.

In each city, field players will be battling for one of five invitations to a week-long trial with their respective youth development host club and a ticket to the exciting four-day “Final Event” which will be staged in the greater Los Angeles area and be hosted by MLS and Argentina soccer legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto. The finals will include training sessions, scrimmages, guest celebrity scouts, and an opportunity to meet some of the League’s biggest stars. The ultimate champion will be crowned on Sunday, May 13, live on “República Deportiva” (see calendar below for more information). “Republica Deportiva” host and former Mexican national team goalkeeper, Félix Fernández, will also be onsite to participate in select Sueño MLS events.

Returning to Sueño MLS for a second year is the Allstate “Good Hands®” top goalkeeper award - El Portero Allstate. One goalkeeper at each of the three local tryouts will be selected as the top goalkeeper and will compete in the finals on Univision’s “Republica Deportiva” on Sunday, May 13th for the opportunity to be named El Portero Allstate and train with an MLS team. El Portero Allstate will be selected in conjunction with the winner of the Sueño MLS 2012 - presented by Allstate, and mentored by Mexican goalkeeping legend Adolfo Rios. For more information on El Portero Allstate, go to www.suenomls.com.

Airing nationally every Sunday at 10:55 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT/1 p.m. PT, Univision Network’s “República Deportiva,” the highest-rated weekly sports show on Spanish-language television, will follow the action weekly in a unique “reality show within a show” format.

Since its inception in 2007, Sueño MLS has given thousands of talented young athletes a chance to showcase their skills and impress youth development scouts. The original winner, forward Jorge Villafaña (formerly Jorge Flores) of Anaheim, Calif., is now in his sixth year with MLS’ Chivas USA. He is also part of the current roster for the United States Under-23 National Team. The 2008 FC Dallas Sueño MLS winner, Gabriel Funes Mori, played with the FC Dallas Juniors U-18 team before moving on to Argentina’s legendary side River Plate, where he plays alongside his twin brother Jose, a Dallas Sueño MLS finalist that same year.

Tryouts for Sueño MLS 2012 – presented by Allstate, kick-off the weekend of Saturday, April 14, with two days of open tryouts in Frisco, TX, home of FC Dallas. The program then moves to Seattle on April 21-22 and on to LA-based Chivas USA April 28-29. Specific tryout locations will be announced at a later date. The “Final Event” will take place May 9-13, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, where League scouts and celebrity guests, including Barros Schelotto and Rios, will be on hand to provide guidance and select the ultimate winner in front of a live Univision national television audience on Sunday, May 13.

March 25 Live announcement on República Deportiva
April 14-15 Local market tryouts (FC Dallas)
April 21-22 Local market tryouts (Seattle Sounders FC)
April 28-29 Local market tryouts (Chivas USA)
May 9-13 National Finals in Los Angeles
May 13 Announcement of winner on República Deportiva

Eligible players must be males between the ages of 14 and 18 years old (born between dates of April 13, 1998 and May 14, 1994) with appropriate identification and retain their amateur status. Current collegiate student athletes will not be permitted to attend the final event in Carson, CA. Sueño MLS participants will be responsible for all personal expenses associated with the local market tryout, including travel to local tryouts, lodging, food, soccer equipment (shoes, training gear, etc.), etc. Program sponsors will cover all expenses for eighteen (18) participants selected to attend the final event in Carson, CA. For more information, please visit www.SuenoMLS.com. Participation in the event is free. Players may not register for more than one city.


Year Name Home Town Position Host Team
2007 Jorge Flores Anaheim, CA Forward Chivas USA
2008* Gabriel Funes Mori Arlington, TX Forward FC Dallas
2008* Briant Reyes Downey, CA Midfielder Chivas USA
2009 Alberto Lopez Aurora, Ill Midfielder Chicago Fire
2010 Nelson Castro Houston, TX Defender Houston Dynamo
2011 Birnis Adames Camden, NJ Forward Philadelphia Union
*Co-winners in 2008

Dallas Sueno finalists - an added bonus

May, 5, 2011
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.