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It’s mid-September, and with the fall’s first international window behind us, there’s a pronounced sense of urgency as MLS’ home stretch hits in earnest.
FC Dallas signs defender Justin Che as the club’s 30th Homegrown player on Oct. 2, 2020.
Languages Spoken: English, Russian, German
2020: The Texas native made his professional debut on July 25, 2020 with North Texas Soccer Club in the 2-1 season-opening win against Forward Madison FC. He started in all 16 matches for North Texas SC in 2020 playing 1,427 minutes. He recorded his first professional assist in the home-opener, assisting Ronaldo Damus in the 59th minute. Che named to the USL League One Team of the Year for 2020.
He has been called up to various U.S. Youth National camps. In May 2019, Che was called up to the U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team to participate in the UEFA Development Tournament in the Czech Republic, where the U-16s defeated Hungary, 1-0, and were named champions of the tournament. He was last called up to the U-16 BNT camp in Sept. 2019.
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Che joined the FC Dallas Academy in 2009 and has scored 18 goals in 84 United States Soccer Development Academy appearances since 2016. At 16 years and 319 days old, Che is the seventh youngest player to sign with FC Dallas, behind Bryan Reynolds, Dante Sealy, Jesús Ferreira, Ricardo Pepi, Alejandro Zendejas and Paxton Pomykal.
Che was born in Richardson and lives in Frisco with his family: mother Angelina, father Chris and brothers Neo (13) and Cyrus (8).
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