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Kellyn Acosta: MLS Rising Star

Kellyn Acosta is a homegrown talent from Dallas, Texas who now has 50 appearances for FC Dallas who finished as Western Conference Finalists in 2015. PDP Editor, Dave Wright spoke to Kellyn about his player development journey.


Now 20 years old with two U20 World Cups behind him, Acosta is a product of the club's academy. A young player with big ambitions who speaks fondly of playing street soccer constantly as a key part of his development, we caught up with Kellyn to discuss player development and American soccer style.

PDP: Can you tell us about your family and cultural background?

KA: I grew up watching soccer at a young age and lived across the street from a school. My Mom and Dad would always go outside and work with me. In the USA a lot of kids play soccer young and I just enjoyed it, I excelled at a young age. If it was a small game I would always run with the ball, dribble around people and score, so I would surprise myself and started thinking, ‘I’m...

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