With the release of the United Soccer League (USL) home openers today, we now know that Major League Soccer (MLS) will begin its season on March 3 and USL on March 16th. Texas MLS team preseason camps will begin the week after next and USL will likely follow a couple of weeks later.
FC Dallas will be in competitive action first when they travel to Panama City to play Tauro FC in the quarterfinal round of the CONCACAF Champions League on February 21. The return leg of this series will be contested a week later in Frisco.
Rosters for all of the 4 professional teams in Texas are in various stages of development. FC Dallas, because they will be in action earlier, are the farthest along in the process. RGV FC has no announced players, presumably because the Dynamo are focused on finalizing their first team roster. Though they are not a Texas team, also included is an update on the Columbus Crew roster. I will be tracking the Crew more closely this season because of the potential 2019 move to Austin.
MLS rosters are limited to 30 players with 2 of these slots dedicated only to homegrown players. Each club has been allocated 8 international slots-which can be traded. In 2017, USL rosters were limited to 30 players on each clubs Master Roster-which is the official player roster for USL play. A maximum of 7 of those players can be internationals.
Listed below are the current rosters for all teams with updates announced since the beginning of the year highlighted.
January 2: Added 31-year old center back Reto Ziegler from FC Luzern/Switzerland
January 3: Added 18-year old Homegrown midfielder Brandon Servania (Wake Forest University)
January 10: Added 22-year old Homegrown center back Kris Reaves (University of Portland)
January 11: Added 21-year old Homegrown center back Jordan Cano (Southern Methodist University)
Current FC Dallas Roster (26) 11-Homegrown (HG), 9 International (INT), 2 Designated Players (DP) (player additions since end of the 2017 season in bold):
Jesse Gonzalez (HG), Jimmy Maurer.
Reggie Cannon (HG), Jordan Cano (HG), Anibal Chala (INT) (Loaned), Maynor Figueroa (INT), Matt Hedges, Anton Nedyalkov (INT), Kris Reaves (HG), Reto Ziegler (INT).
Kellyn Acosta (HG), Michael Barrios (INT), Mauro Diaz, Carlos Gruezo (INT) (DP), Jacori Hayes, Ryan Hollingshead, Roland Lamah (INT), Paxton Pomykal (HG), Brandon Servania (HG), Victor Ulloa (HG).
Tesho Akindele, Cristian Colman (INT) (DP), Jesus Ferreira (HG), Adonijah Reid (HG) (INT) (Loaned), Bryan Reynolds (HG), Maxi Urruti.
January 9: Re-signed 31-year old right back AJ DeLaGarza
Current Houston Roster (21) 1-Homegrown (HG), 7-International (INT), 3-Designated Players (DP) (player additions since end of the 2017 season in bold):
AJ DeLaGarza, Kevin Garcia, Leonardo, Adolfo Machado (INT), George Malki, Dylan Remick, Philippe Senderos (INT).
Eric Alexander, Eric Bird, Arturo Alvarez, Juan David Cabezas (INT), Oscar Boniek Garcia, Tomas Martinez (INT) (DP), Memo Rodriguez (HG), Charlie Ward (INT).
Alberth Elis (INT) (DP), Mauro Manotas, Romell Quioto (INT), Erick Torres (DP) (DP), Andrew Wenger.
January 9: Added 21-year old midfielder Eduardo Sosa from Zamora FC/Venezuela
January 11: Re-signed 24-year old goalkeeper Logan Ketterer
January 12: Re-signed 27-year old defender Gaston Sauro
Current Columbus Roster (23) 2-Homegrown (HG), 9-International (INT), 3-Designated Players (DP) (player additions since end of the 2017 season in bold):
Jon Kempin, Logan Ketterer, Zack Steffen.
Lalas Abubakar (INT), Harrison Afful (INT), Alex Crognale (HG), Connor Maloney, Jonathan Mensah (INT) (DP), Gaston Sauro, Josh Williams.
Mohammed Abu (INT), Artur (INT), Mike Grella, Niko Hansen, Federico Higuain (DP), Hector Jimenez, Cristian Martinez (INT), Justin Meram, Pedro Santos (INT) (DP), Eduardo Sosa (INT), Wil Trapp (HG).
Adam Jahn, Ola Kamara (INT).
Rio Grande Valley FC (0)
Current Rio Grande Valley Roster (0) (Player additions since end of the 2017 season in bold)
Confirmed departures since last season of regular RGV FC and Houston Dynamo loaned players
Midfielder Eric Bird (Houston Dynamo/MLS), Midfielder Jose Escalante (San Antonio/USL), Midfielder Christian Lucatero (Necaxa/MX), Defender Ivan Magalhaes (Tampa Bay/USL),
San Antonio FC
January 2: Re-signs 37-year old midfielder Rafa Castillo
January 4: Re-signs 28-year old midfielder Pecka
January 10: Completes loan deal for 22-year old midfielder Jose Escalante and signs 19 year old forward Alex Bruce
Current San Antonio Roster (15) (Player additions since end of the 2017 season in bold)
Matt Cardone, Diego Restrepo
Greg Cochrane, Cyprian Hedrick, Stephen McCarthy
Rafa Castillo, Jose Escalante, Pecka, Connor Presley, Maxi Rodriquez, Ryan Roushandel
Alex Bruce, Cesar Elizando, Ever Guzman, Mike Seth