Player Details


Kellyn Acosta


5' 10"


150 lbs

Date of Birth

7.24.1995 (27)


Plano, TX USA



Position Detail

Defensive Midfielder

Preferred Side




Roster Category

Career Summary

Acquired: Via a trade with FC Dallas on July 23, 2018.



  • Played 1,718 minutes in 21 appearances, 19 of them starts
  • Scored in 3-2, come-from-behind victory over Minnesota United FC on 5/8
  • Assisted on Andre Shinyashiki’s goal against Minnesota United FC on 7/7
  • Assisted on Jonathan Lewis’ opening goal against LAFC on 11/7
  • Named to MLS Team of the Week in Weeks 12 and 35
  • Led team with 42 fouls committed
  • Presented with club’s Humanitarian of the Year award at A Burgundy Affiar
  • Played 90 minutes in Western Conference Semifinal loss to Portland Timbers


  • Played 1,150 minutes in 14 starts among 15 appearances during 18-game regular season
  • Scored first goal of 2020 against Sporting KC at MLS is Back Tournament on 7/17
  • Assisted on Jonathan Lewis’ goal in 5-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes on 9/23
  • Scored playoff-clinching goal, a game-winner after entering as a substitute at Portland Timbers on 11/4
  • Started and played 81 minutes at left back in first-round playoff loss at Minnesota United FC
  • Named to MLS Team of the Week in Week 23 after scoring game-winner against Portland Timbers on 11/4
  • Missed three games with knee injury (10/24 – 11/1)


  • Made 2019 debut on 3/2 at DSGP during the infamous Snow Clasico 3 against the Portland Timbers.
  • Assisted Kei Kamara on 3/2 against the Portland Timbers.
  • Assisted Nicolás Mezquida's 61st minute equalizer on 4/6 at Orlando City Stadium against Orlando City SC.
  • Opened 2019 goal scoring account on 5/11 just before the half against Real Salt Lake at DICK'S Sporting Goods Park.
  • Converted his penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner during the Rapids shootout against New Mexico United in the US Open Cup at DICK'S Sporting Goods Park (6/12).
  • Made his 20th start of the season and 150th MLS appearance against the Montreal Impact on 8/3 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park.
  • Scored his second goal of the season against the San Jose Earthquakes on 8/10 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park.
  • Surpassed 1800 minutes played this season against the San Jose Earthquakes on 8/10 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park.


  • Appeared in 13 MLS matches with FC Dallas scoring one goal and two assists.
  • Traded to the Colorado Rapids the day before his 23rd birthday on 7/23.
  • Made Rapids debut on 7/24 at DSGP in a friendly against Boca Juniors.
  • Scored his first goal as a Rapids player during his first league start with the club against D.C. United on 7/28.
  • Logged his second-consecutive goal on 8/4 at home vs the LA Galaxy, earning him Man of the Match honors.
  • Notched two assists against San Jose on 8/11 to help the Rapids to a 2-1 home win.
  • Appeared in 12 MLS matches, all from the start, with the Rapids scoring two goals and three assists.


  • Appeared in 23 MLS matches scoring three goals and two assists.
  • Scored the game-winning goal in the season opener against LA Galaxy on 3/4 for a 2-1 win.
  • Also featured in four CCL matches, scoring three goals.
  • Scored two goals in the 4-0 win against Arabe Unido in the CCL quarterfinals.
  • Scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win against CF Pachuca in the semifinals.
  • Was named a 2017 MLS All-Star.
  • Recorded 1,895 minutes.
  • Named to the MLS 24-Under-24


  • Started in 24 regular-season games, four US Open Cup games and one CONCACAF Champions League game.
  • Finished the season with two goals and five assists.
  • Scored his first goal of the season on 6/25 against Real Salt Lake in the 18th minute.
  • FCD finished the regular season with an 11-5-8 record in the matches he started and recorded 2,328 minutes played.
  • Won the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and MLS Supporters Shield


  • Had a goal and an assist vs. Portland on 7/25.
  • Named No. 14 on’s 24-under-24.
  • Played a total of 24 matches and recorded 1,905 minutes of playing time in MLS this year.
  • Scored three goals during the regular season, and added one more to his name in USOC when subbed in on a 6-2 defeat vs Sporting KC.


  • Began the 2014 season as the starting right back for FC Dallas.
  • Helped the team to a 3-0-1 start before suffering a minor injury against Portland on 3/29.
  • Recorded his first career assist in that 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers at Toyota Stadium.
  • Sat out two matches before returning to the lineup in a 2-1 win against Toronto FC on 4/19.
  • Suffered a patella avulsion fracture during training on 4/25 and missed the next 21 games (across all competitions).
  • Returned to the lineup on 8/16 and helped Dallas to its biggest road win in franchise history, a 5-0 victory against San Jose.
  • Saw time at right back, left back and center midfield throughout the year.
  • Finished the season with a career high in games played (15).


  • Enjoyed a breakthrough year, making his first MLS appearance for FC Dallas just 10 days after his 18th birthday, a 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders FC in front of 39,360 fans at CenturyLink Field (the match doubled as fellow Texan Clint Dempsey’s announcement of his return to MLS).
  • Made his professional debut in a friendly match versus Stoke City FC at Toyota Stadium on 7/27.
  • Started nine consecutive MLS matches from 8/11 to 10/5.
  • Surpassed Ruben Luna’s record (663) for minutes played by an FC Dallas Homegrown player.
  • Became first FC Dallas Homegrown player to surpass the 1,000 minute mark on 10/26 vs San Jose.
  • Scored one goal for the FC Dallas Reserves in 517 minutes of action.


  • Signed as a Homegrown Player with FC Dallas in July
  • In MLS Reserve League action, Acosta logged 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to the Houston Dynamo Reserves on 6/16.
  • The young midfielder netted a goal in the 31st minute of that match.
  • Finished the season with 270 minutes played for the FC Dallas Reserves.



  • Only player to play all 120 minutes in Concacaf Nations League Final and Gold Cup Final wins over Mexico.
  • Appeared in seven of eight FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches.
  • Assisted Miles Robinson’s 117th-minute game-winning goal in Gold Cup.
  • Nominated for U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year.


  • Was called up to Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT December camp alongside teammates Cole Bassett and Sam Vines.
  • Played 21 minutes in 6-0 win over El Salvador in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on 12/9.


  • Acosta was called up to the United States men's national team for its 2019 January camp under Gregg Berhalter.


  • Subbed on for 35 minutes vs Brazil on 9/7.
  • Earned first start for the USMNT in 2018, playing 85 minutes vs Mexico on 9/11.
  • Scored an equalizer off an Antonee Robinson cross in the 50th minute vs Colombia on 10/11.
  • Provided assist to Josh Sargent in the United States vs Peru friendly on 10/16.
  • Subbed on for Wil Trapp in the 70th minute against England on 11/15.
  • Played 83 minutes, from the start, against Italy on 11/20.


  • On 2/3 he made his USMNT debut in a 1-0 win against Jamaica and was named player of the match by FS1.
  • He appeared in five World Cup qualifiers for the USMNT.
  • Scored his first international goal on a free kick in the USA’s 2-1 win vs Ghana on 7/1.
  • Started four of five appearances in helping the USA win the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.


  • Was in the US men’s national team January Camp Roster, Copa America Centenario Preliminary Roster and the World Cup Qualifying Round Roster.
  • Represented the U-23 national team in the 2016 Olympic Qualifying versus Colombia, starting in both matches.
  • Made his USMNT debut on 1/31 against Iceland.
  • Represented the USMNT in the World Cup Qualifying Semifinal Round.
  • Had four total caps with the USMNT, three international games and one qualifier.


  • Represented the US U-20 national team in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, starting all four matches played.


  • Was called in to represent the US U-20 national team multiple times.
  • Played in two games, logging 180 minutes total.
  • Has six total caps with the US U-20 national team.


  • Began the year with the US U-18 national team during a seven-day camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Called up to the US U-20 national team for the Toulon Tournament in France 5/28 through 6/8.
  • Saw 207 minutes of action in the tournament versus Colombia, Congo, Dominican Republic and Korea Republic.
  • Named to the US U-20 roster for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup on 6/7.
  • Played nine minutes in a 3-1 win against Portugal in a pre-tournament tune-up on 6/14 but did not see time in the three Group Stage matches during the World Cup.


  • Acosta appeared in the 2012 Lisbon International Tournament under US U-18 head coach Javier Perez. There, Acosta saw 135 minutes of action for the US U-18 squad, which went 0-1-2 against Poland, Slovakia and Portugal.


  • Was part of the US roster at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup and the 2013 and 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cups.
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