The 2021 summer transfer window is in full swing, and, as usual, there is plenty to discuss for FC Dallas and North Texas SC.
CONFIRMED: Tanner Tessmann to Venezia FC
? We have reached a permanent transfer agreement with Serie A side Venezia FC for Homegrown Tanner Tessmann.
Thank you for everything, Tank.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) July 15, 2021
A transfer that, in some ways, came a bit out of left field, FC Dallas officially announced Thursday that homegrown midfielder Tanner Tessmann had been transferred to Venezia FC in Serie A for a reported $4.1 million fee with an additional sell-on clause included.
One more note on the Tanner Tessmann transfer: FC Dallas will receive $4.1m up front (€3.5m) from Venezia FC plus incentives for Tessmann, per a source. The deal includes FCD retaining a sell-on %
— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) July 15, 2021
It is undoubtedly a great piece of business for FCD to get so much for a player who made less than 30 total appearances for the first team and was not a regular starter in midfield after the signing of Facundo Quignon. The transfer was a bit unexpected among those following the team, with many thinking that Tessmann was more likely to make a move in the winter window or the following summer.
That being said, the European interest in Tessmann was never a surprise. European teams will be salivating at his potential as a 6’3″ midfielder with great technical ability and passing. If he is able to make an impact in his first season in Italy, don’t be shocked to see him make another upward move shortly.
CONFIRMED: Thomas Roberts on loan to SK Austria Klagenfurt
? We have loaned Homegrown Thomas Roberts to SK Austria Klagenfurt in the Austrian Bundesliga for the remainder of 2021 season until May 2022.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) July 13, 2021
In much less surprising transfer news, Thomas Roberts’ loan to Austria Klagenfurt, initially reported by 3rd Degree last week, was officially announced by FC Dallas.
Breaking: Thomas Roberts is heading to recently promoted Austria Klagenfurt of the Austrian Bundesliga on a one-year loan. Departs tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/hbeo4Lg4EK
— 3rd Degree (@3rdDegreeNet) July 6, 2021
Within the announcement, in addition to the loan (which does not have a buy clause, meaning once the loan ends next year, Roberts will become an FC Dallas player again), the club announced that Roberts’ contract had been extended an additional season. Roberts is in an awkward spot with FC Dallas. He did not make an MLS appearance in 2021 or 2020, with his 6 career appearances all coming in the first half of the 2019 season. Roberts has obvious talent and creativity that is rare among young American players, he has spent a lot of time in MLS offseasons training with the likes of Bayern Munich, but he can’t seem to find a way into Luchi Gonzalez’s squad. This is a great move for Roberts; it is virtually guaranteed to get him a lot of playing time (he scored in his first preseason friendly for his new club) and put him in the shop window for a permanent move.
Alternatively, for Dallas, it gets a player who was not getting any minutes and was well above the USL League One standard a chance to prove himself and come back to Dallas a more confident and experienced player if a permanent transfer aboard does not materialize. It will be a lot of fun to keep up with Thomas and how he is doing in Austria during the 2021-22 European season.
STILL POSSIBLE: Dante Sealy to PSV Eindhoven
An FC Dallas spokesperson tells me Dante Sealy is in Eindhoven to train with PSV during the international break and is scheduled to be in the Netherlands until June 8.
Also, Brandon Servania's loan with Austrian side SKN St. Pölten is over, & he'll rejoin FCD this week.
— Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) May 31, 2021
Many people, including myself, did not expect Dante Sealy to still be with FC Dallas by this point in the summer. Sealy went on a training stint with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven back at the start of June, and many assumed that a transfer would be coming down the pipeline shortly. However, Sealy returned to Frisco and has been involved in the FC Dallas first team since, making a couple of sub appearances since returning.
Regardless of when he leaves, Sealy is not long for Frisco and FC Dallas. Going to Europe has been a long-standing goal for Sealy, and he is likely to jump at the opportunity when it comes. If Sealy is to leave the club during this transfer window, PSV is a likely destination.
RUMOR: Javier Pastore from AS Roma
Javier Pastore to #MLS rumors are heating up again. In the past year, he has been linked to both LA Galaxy and FC Dallas. This time around, it seems that Dallas and Atlanta are the two frontrunners. The 31 year old reportedly wants to leave Europe. #DTID #UniteAndConquer pic.twitter.com/cCCMiklPbj
— MLS UPDATES HUB (@mlsupdateshub) July 13, 2021
This (rather ridiculous) rumor originally circulated back in the spring and has cropped back up this summer. Supposedly, there is interest within MLS for AS Roma midfielder Javier Pastore, which is likely true. Pastore is on the outs at Roma with new manager Jose Mourinho not including him in his first-team squad. However, the chances of FC Dallas signing a 31-year-old attacking midfielder are basically zero.
I might be putting my foot in my mouth here (it wouldn’t be the first time!), but this is not happening. Pastore may end up in MLS before the transfer window ends, but it isn’t going to be with Dallas.
CONFIRMED: Lucas Gabriel and Gabriel Morais from FC Alverca
Atletas cedidos ao North Texas SChttps://t.co/XsQizKPDyS pic.twitter.com/mFlk7aI3ge
— FC Alverca (@FCAlverca) July 12, 2021
There seems to be a pipeline developing between FC Alverca, a third division club in Portugal, and North Texas SC. Lucas Gabriel, a defender, and Gabriel Morais, an attacker, both 19 years old, are the second and third players moving from FC Alverca over to North Texas SC; after center back Caiser Gomes did so before the season. This relationship seems to be facilitated by the agency Dunkirk Sports, which represents all three FC Alverca players, as well as North Texas SC players Alejandro Viniegra and Bernard Kamungo.
Beyond that, we don’t have many details on the players, and North Texas has not yet officially announced their signings. It will be interesting to see how this relationship between the clubs continues moving forward and if North Texas establishes any other relationships with clubs across the world.
How do you feel about the departure of two more homegrown players in this window?
Do you think there’s any chance that FC Dallas signs Javier Pastore?
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