Every single offseason, our writers cover the rumors and official announcements of outgoing and incoming transfers for FC Dallas and North Texas SC.
? FC Dallas Homegrown Brandon Servania joins Austrian first-division side SKN St. Pölten on a short-term loan.
Make us proud, Brandon!
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) February 9, 2021
After it was reported a couple of weeks back that Brandon Servania, along with fellow homegrown midfielder Edwin Cerrillo, would go on a trial to Austrian side SKN St. Polten, there was a collective expectation that Servania (and possibly Cerrillo as well) would end up going on a short-term loan with the club. Servania struggled to follow up a breakout 2019 season in 2020, only earning 398 minutes in 12 appearances. He was passed up on the depth chart by fellow homegrown Tanner Tessmann, who had his own breakout season in 2020.
Servania is still a player with loads of talent and potential, so finding a spot for him to play for the next few months is a major win for both Servania and FC Dallas. When Servania returns to Dallas at the end of the Austrian season, he’ll be fit and will look to compete immediately for minutes that he couldn’t get in 2020. It should also be noted that this trial with St. Polten was apparently facilitated by Bayern Munich, as Servania went on his trial and was ultimately signed on loan along with Bayern II player and fellow American Taylor Booth.
I’m not sure if loans to clubs across Europe was something that Dallas fans expected out of the partnership with Bayern, but it is good to see the partnership come to fruition in new ways.
? FC Dallas has loaned Homegrown Justin Che to @FCBayernUS.
Che is the second FC Dallas Homegrown to join FC Bayern on loan since the Elite Player Development partnership was formed three years ago.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) February 12, 2021
Che’s move to FC Bayern Munich was widely reported a week ago and included in this column. Still, official confirmation from both sides came through this week with Che being officially loaned to Bayern Munich II. Bayern’s second team plays in the 3. Liga, the 3rd division in Germany, was where former FC Dallas homegrown Chris Richards played a significant amount of minutes since he joined Bayern back in 2018.
Che seems likely to follow the same path as Richards, who also initially went on a loan to Bayern’s second team in summer 2018 before being bought by the German giants in winter 2019. At this point, it would be surprising if Che ever actually returns to Dallas and plays for the first team, so look out for Che to be signed permanently by Bayern this summer.
Juan José Parra and Christian “Kazu” Ferreira
? We've signed international defenders Juan José Parra and Christian “Kazu” Ferreira on loan for the 2021 season!
Welcome to North Texas, y'all ?
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— North Texas SC (@northtexasSC) February 8, 2021
These players were paired together in their signing announcement, so we’ll pair them together to discuss their signings as well.
Juan José Parra
Parra, a 19-year-old Colombian center back signed from Deportivo Medellín, is a former teammate of FC Dallas midfielder Andres Ricaurte. Parra only made 3 appearances for the Colombian side, though that is not concerning for a player of his age. Standing at 6’3″, he has good size and is certainly someone who could project to the first team if his development at North Texas goes well.
Going into this offseason, center-back depth for North Texas SC was already a need, with Brecc Evans and Phillip Ponder both being let go by the club following the 2020 season. Justin Che’s loan deal compounded that need to Bayern Munich. Che and FC Dallas center back Nkosi Burgess were the projected center back starters, but it now looks likely that Burgess and Parra will be paired with one another for NTSC this season.
NTSC has been a bit hit or miss on international signings to this point, so it will be exciting to see if Parra can get settled and become a consistent starter in USL League One in 2021.
Christian “Kazu” Ferreira
Kazu, the full name Christian Kendji Wagatsuma Ferreira, is a Brazilian-Japanese left-back who comes to North Texas SC with a very solid pedigree. Kazu, a 20-year-old, played for Brazil’s U-17 side back in 2017, no small accomplishment in a nation that produces literally thousands of professional players. Kazu did not make a senior team appearance for his previous club Coritiba FC. He was previously a member of Gremio’s youth sides, where he surely caught the attention of FC Dallas technical director Andre Zanotta.
Kazu suffered a knee injury recently that set him back slightly in his development, so FCD and NTSC may be looking at a potential coup if Kazu can resume his ascendant career trajectory with the club.
Although Kazu is nominally a left-back, he loves to join the attack and fly forward like most modern full-backs, so he will be one to watch for in 2021 for sure.
Both Parra and Kazu come to North Texas SC on loan deals from their respective parent clubs for only the 2021 season, though it would be shocking if the loan deals did not have buy options attached.
Look for both Parra and Kazu to impact USL League One in 2021 and potentially push to be considered signings in 2022, maybe even for the first team.
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