Dipendra Pokharel, Frisco
FC Dallas has signed new five years contract with their homegrown striker Ricardo Pepi. The news came amidst interest from Bologna shown reported interest to sign the 18 years old US striker.
The details of the contract has not been revealed but its certain that he will be earning more than his last reported $108k in total compensation.
Pepi scored his first MLS hat-trick which makes him the youngest player in the MLS history to ever score three goals in a game.
Pepi has eight goals in 14 appearances for MLS side FC Dallas this season, starting only 9 out of 14 matches.
“I’m very happy to give my everything to FC Dallas,” Pepi said in a statement. “I want to thank the club for having that trust in me. It’s a big step in my career, personally and for my family.”
Pepi scored three goals in a 4-0 home win over LA Galaxy, which took his total goals tally for FC Dallas to 10. This came from 38 appearances, which has 13 starts.
Bologna recently signed former West Ham United Marko Arnautovic. The 32 years old striker’s signing was welcomed and celebrated by their fans.
The contract has been seen as a defensive move from FC Dallas after they see interest from the Seria A side Bologna to protect the investment in Pepi.
Pepi sees a major growth coming from the youth setup of FC Dallas, previously scoring goals for their reserve side North Texas FC.