Bryan Reynolds (right) will play in Italy’s Serie A. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas has reached an agreement with A.S. Roma for Homegrown defender Bryan Reynolds for a franchise-record fee, the club announced Monday.
Reynolds will join Roma on a six-month loan before completing a permanent transfer.
The transfer fee was $8.15 million, according to Reuters.
“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 Academy process. From playing on 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’s possible through a pathway at FC Dallas.”
Reynolds, 19, signed with FC Dallas as the 17th Homegrown in club history Nov. 22, 2016 and became the youngest to ever sign with the club at 15 years and 147 days old. He appeared in 29 matches for FC Dallas since making his MLS debut in the final minute of a 1-1 draw against Los Angeles FC on May 19, 2019. He recorded four assists, including three during the 2020 season.
“I love this game so much and I’m excited for my future,” Reynolds said in a statement. “I grew up with FC Dallas and 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’m just super excited for my future and I’m going to learn Italian as fast as possible.”
Nicknamed “Big Bad Bryan”, Reynolds was named defensive player of the year, breakout player of the year and FC Dallas Most Valuable Player following the 2020 season. He stepped into the starting right back role after the departure of Homegrown Reggie Cannon and started in 14 of the club’s 22 regular season matches. After only 112 MLS career minutes under his belt in 2019, Reynolds led the FC Dallas Homegrowns in minutes played with 1,267 during the 2020 campaign. He was also ranked No. 18 in MLSsoccer.com’s annual 22 Under 22 list in 2020.
The Fort Worth, Texas native appeared in 12 matches for FC Dallas’ USL League One side North Texas Soccer Club in 2019 and scored his first professional goal on Aug. 27. He was also part of the North Texas SC team that defeated Greenville Triumph SC, 1-0, on Oct. 19 to win the USL League One Final in the inaugural season.