One of the United States’ most prominent rising stars, FC Dallas right back Bryan Reynolds, has made a blockbuster mode to Italian giant AS Roma on Monday. The 19-year-old joins the Giallorossi on what is right now a six-month loan spell, however the club will be obligated to make the move official in June. According to ESPN, Roma will need to pay around 6.75 million euros to Dallas, and could send as much as five million euros more depending on certain factors. And while that move isn’t officially permanent yet, the club did agree that if that agreement is made, Reynolds will sign a four year contract in June.
Reynolds is one of many American players who have made the jump from the MLS to a European club over the past year. Young players like Joe Scally, Reggie Cannon, Mark McKenzie, and Brenden Aaronson have all made the leap across the pound and all look prime to help accelerate the USMNT’s ascent up the World Rankings. Additionally, American superstars Weston McKennie and Sergiño Dest have each made giant transitions in their careers, moving to Juventus and Barcelona respectively.
Speaking with the media following the announcement, the Fort Worth native said that the move was exactly what he had dreamed about. “I am excited and humbled to join AS Roma. It is a dream come true.” He added, “My challenge now is to keep improving day after day. I will work hard to achieve great things for this club.”
FC Dallas’ Technical Director Andre Zanotta, who helped facilitate Reynolds’ ascent to Dallas’ first team in 2019, expressed how proud he was of the teenager. “Bryan had an amazing season with us waiting patiently for his chance. We had high expectations and he exceeded all of them. At his age, with all his physical, technical, and tactical abilities, we knew he’d get attention from clubs in Europe and we are very proud that we could come to an agreement with AS Roma so he can continue his career with such a historic club.”
Whenever Reynolds makes his Roma debut, he will become the second American to ever suit up for the Italian giant. The first was Michael Bradley, who made 46 appearances and scored twice with “La Lupa”.
Reynolds will wear number 19 with the club.
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