FC Dallas academy? Check. Moving up through the FC Dallas system? Check. Signing for FC Dallas? Check. Moving over to Europe? Check. Ricardo Pepi is just one of a handful of former Dallas players who moved up through the ranks in the USL and MLS before moving abroad. Pepi, who is from El Paso, was eligible to play for both the United States and Mexico, but ultimately chose to represent the U.S. me

Haji Wright has been everywhere. Okay, not really, but it certainly feels that way. Wright went from the New York Cosmos in the NASL to Schalke in Germany to Sandhausen to VVV-Venlo in the Netherlands to SønderjyskE in Denmark to Antalyaspor in Turkey. That’s quite the list of clubs, isn’t it? Outside of Schalke, where he struggled to truly break into the team, Wright hasn’t played for a to

Daryl Dike didn’t take a traditional path to professional soccer. Dike, who grew up in Oklahoma, played high school soccer before moving to Virginia to play college soccer for the Virginia Cavaliers. From Virginia, Dike was drafted by Orlando City in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. Dike scored a bunch of goals for Orlando City, went out on loan to Barnsley in the English Championship, and eventually si

Born in Washington D.C., Jordan Pefok grew up in France and played in their youth national team system before deciding to play for the U.S. men’s national team at the senior level. Pefok is your classic, get in the box and put the ball in the back of the net No. 9. He’s tall, moves well off the ball in the box, and exploits the small spaces left behind by opposing defenders. After some time pl

Josh Sargent was the guy for stretches of his time with the U.S. youth national teams. He’s one of the only American players to ever play in both the U-17 and the U-20 World Cups in the same year. After those World Cups, he moved over to Werder Bremen in Germany before heading to Norwich City in England. Unfortunately for Sargent, we haven’t seen much of his goal scoring ability and smooth tur