Victor Ulloa's Second Chance | MLS Insider

When he was growing up, Victor Ulloa never wanted to be a firefighter or a superhero – all he wanted was to be a professional soccer player.

In 2010, that dream came true, as Ulloa signed a Homegrown contract with FC Dallas after spending four years in the club’s academy.

In 2013, it was almost taken away.

After playing just nine minutes in his first three seasons as a pro, Ulloa was released by FC Dallas following the 2013 season. He had an offer to play in Mexico, but, after former FCD academy director Oscar Pareja returned from Colorado to take FCD’s head coaching gig and offered Ulloa a chance to try out for the team in the 2014 preseason, the central midfielder bet on himself: He’d go out again for Dallas.

After a successful preseason, Ulloa made Pareja’s inaugural FCD roster. He got his first real chance later that year, coming into the team after a rash of injuries in the midfield and never relinquishing his spot. Now the Mexico-born, Dallas-raised 24-year-old is one of the most important players on the league’s top team and one of the best young players in all of MLS.

MLS Insider chronicled Ulloa’s journey in their latest episode, which you can check out above.

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