Weston McKennie will have a family business in Italy.
AS Roma have signed 19-year-old American right-back Bryan Reynolds from FC Dallas in a deal through 2025, making him the second American to join a Serie A club following McKennie’s summer move to Juventus.
McKennie, also a product of the FC Dallas academy, is on loan from Schalke, and Juventus has the option to buy. Reynolds moved in on Monday also technically on a six-month loan before the move turns into a permanent transfer to Roma. The fee will reportedly be worth $ 8.5 million, with the potential to increase to $ 11.5 million, according to MLSSoccer.com. Juventus, Marseille and Club Brugge were among the other European clubs vying to sign Reynolds. Juve seemed to be the favorite before a move there failed to materialize for various reasons.
The outgoing transfer is just the latest impressive deal for FC Dallas, which also saw Reggie Cannon, for whom Reynolds had so admirably chimed in, leave for Portugal’s Boavista in September. The club has also capitalized on its partnership with Bayern Munich, sending six local players: Edwin Cerrillo, Justin Che, Ricardo Pepi, Dante Sealy, Brandon Servania and Thomas Roberts.abroad for a training period of three weeks. Tanner Tessmann, who was at the US national team camp last month (where Reynolds also participated before leaving to complete his transfer), was also expected to train with the reigning German and European champions, according to ESPN. Chris Richards has already benefited from that partnership, signing with the German giant two years ago.
“We couldn’t be happier for Bryan and his family,” FC Dallas president Dan Hunt said in a statement. “Bryan is a true testament to the academic process. From playing fields in Fort Worth as a child to competing professionally for us in Frisco and now in Italy, he has inspired a generation of North Texas soccer players with the idea of what is possible through a path in the FC Dallas “.
The transfer to Roma consolidates Reynolds’ meteoric rise, considering the short time he has had in the first team in MLS, how quickly he moved to the right-back position after moving from an attacking role and how uncovered he is. in the senior team. Reynolds made 17 appearances (14 as a starter) during the MLS regular season and another two as a starter in the playoffs for the CDF. Before that, he had played just 112 minutes for the first team (all in 2019) since signing as a youth squad in 2016. He becomes the second American to sign with Roma following the 2012 transfer of Michael Bradley from Chievo Verona .
Rome is still American-owned, and Boston-based James Pallotta sold the Texas-based Friedkin Group for $ 700 million in August. President Dan Friedkin is said to have had a prior relationship with the Hunt family, which owns FC Dallas, and that may well have influenced Reynolds’ decision. Roma are currently third in Serie A, six points behind first-place AC Milan, following Sunday’s 3-1 win over Hellas Verona, which Reynolds assisted.
“I love this game so much and I’m excited for my future,” Reynolds said. “I grew up with FC Dallas and I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t have the opportunity with the club. I’m going to fight and give everything to Roma like I did here. I would like to thank the fans and FC Dallas for their support. I am very excited about my future and I will learn Italian as quickly as possible. “
Reynolds is the fourth young American in MLS to secure an overseas transfer this winter. The Philadelphia Union sent 20-year-old midfielder Brenden Aaronson to Salzburg and 21-year-old center back Mark McKenzie to Genk, while NYCFC sold 18-year-old right-back Joe Scally to Borussia Monchengladbach in a move that had previously been arranged. for more than a year.
A more experienced US international, Jordan Morris, 26, secured a loan from the Seattle Sounders to Swansea City for the remainder of this Championship season, with the option to make it a permanent transfer. Reports indicate that DC United’s Paul Arriola, who turns 26 next week, could join him in Swansea. New York Red Bulls central defender Aaron Long, 28, has also been linked to a move to Europe ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline, with potential suitors ranging from Liverpool to Reading and Lorient to other clubs. anonymous in England.
As for other Americans moving within Europe, Richards left Bayern on loan from Hoffenheim (which does not have the option of turning it into a full transfer. Tyler Boyd will also leave on loan, trading one Turkish club for another leaving Besiktas for Sivasspor and DeAndre Yedlin, meanwhile, is reported to be finalizing a transfer from Newcastle to Galatasaray.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.