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D.C. United sign midfielder Ted Ku-DiPietro to homegrown contract

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D.C. United made the long-rumored official, signing midfielder Ted Ku-DiPietro to a MLS homegrown contract. First reported by Steven Goff, the move makes Ku-DiPietro the sixth player Ryan Martin has coached at the Academy and USL levels who has gone on to sign a homegrown deal with the Black-and-Red, joining Jeremy Garay, Jacob Greene, Griffin Yow, Moses Nyeman, and Kevin Paredes.

“We’ve been impressed with Ted over the last two seasons in the USL Championship,” Lucy Rushton, D.C. United General Manager, said. “He has made great strides as a player since joining Loudoun United and we’re excited to see him continue to develop with our first team. He has the unique ability to break lines with the ball at his feet and covers a lot of ground in the midfield. Ted is another example of how the D.C. United Academy produces and develops quality players for our first team, and we wish Ted the best of luck as he makes the adjustment to MLS.”

Unlike the previous quintet, Ku-DiPietro signed a professional contract with Loudoun in 2020, after making his professional debut in a June 2019 win over Atlanta United 2 and scoring his first professional goal in a September 2019 win over Swope Park Rangers/Sporting Kansas City II. Finishing the year with a goal and assist in nine games (four starts), Ku-DiPietro also appeared in nine and started four in 2020, with his only goal in a win over the New York Red Bulls II.

2021 was a breakout year for Ku-DiPietro, who turns 20 next month, and led the team in several categories, including games played (30), minutes played (2,467), as well as goals (7), assists (3) and chances created (45). Mostly playing a variety of positions in midfield with some time at forward, Ku-DiPietro’s 2021 season was among the leaders within some analytics categories as well.

“Ted has grown and developed as a player during his time with Loudoun United,” Stewart Mairs, Loudoun United FC General Manager, said. “Ted signing with D.C. United is a testament to the success of our Pathway 2 Pro program between the two clubs. He gained valuable professional minutes over the last two years and we’re looking forward to his continued maturation as a player as he makes the jump up to the D.C. United first team.”

The signing makes Ku-DiPietro the 23rd player to D.C.’s roster and the ninth homegrown, in addition to two additional players (Drew Skundrich and Gaoussou Samake), who have made the jump from Loudoun’s roster to D.C.’s.





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FC Dallas Loans Homegrown Justin Che to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

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FRISCO, Texas (January 21, 2022) – FC Dallas has loaned Homegrown defender Justin Che to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga for the remainder of the 2022 season until June 2023 with an option to buy. FC Dallas also extended Che’s contract through the 2025 season with club option for the 2026 season. Per team policy, additional terms will not be disclosed.

Che, 18, signed as FC Dallas’ 30th Homegrown in club history on Oct. 2, 2020. He appeared in 15 matches, including 12 starts, for FC Dallas during the 2021 season and recorded three assists. He made his professional debut on July 25, 2020 with North Texas Soccer Club, FC Dallas’ USL League One affiliate, in the 2-1 season-opening win against Forward Madison FC. Che was named to the 2020 USL League One All-League First Team and was nominated for the league’s Young Player of the Year award following a breakout season with North Texas SC.

Che returns to Germany for the second time following a short-term loan with FC Bayern Munich II in 2021. Che was the second FC Dallas Homegrown behind Chris Richards to join FC Bayern on loan since the Elite Player Development partnership was formed in 2018. Richards is currently on loan from Bayern Munich at 1899 Hoffenheim.

Che joined the FC Dallas Academy in 2009 and scored 18 goals in 84 United States Soccer Development Academy appearances since 2016. Che is the seventh youngest player to sign with FC Dallas at 16 years and 319 days old, behind Bryan Reynolds, Dante Sealy, Jesús Ferreira, Ricardo Pepi, Alejandro Zendejas and Paxton Pomykal.

Che earned two U.S. Men’s National Team camp call ups in 2021 but has yet to make his senior debut. He was also called up to the U-20 Men’s National Team for the inaugural Revelations Cup in November 2021, where he started and played the full 90 minutes in all three matches against Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. 

Full Name: Justin Che *
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Position: Defender
DOB: November 18, 2003 (18)
Hometown: Frisco, Texas*
Birthplace: Richardson, Texas
Height: 6-1
Weight: 165
Nationality:
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HIGHLIGHTS: The best of new LA Galaxy midfielder Mark Delgado – LA Galaxy

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  1. HIGHLIGHTS: The best of new LA Galaxy midfielder Mark Delgado  LA Galaxy
  2. LA Galaxy acquire midfielder Mark Delgado in trade with Toronto FC | MLSSoccer.com  MLSsoccer.com
  3. Toronto FC acquire $400000 in 2022 GAM for Mark Delgado  torontofc.ca
  4. acquire midfielder Mark Delgado from Toronto FC | LA Galaxy  LA Galaxy
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Heber brace leads NYCFC over Red Bulls in preseason opener

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Ryan, a 22-year-old New Jersey native, pulled one back for the Red Bulls in his first action since turning pro this week. Ryan played for RBNY’s academy from 2013-17, helping earn three straight Northeast Division championships from 2013-15 before heading to Pac-12 program Stanford.





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