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Kellyn Acosta

NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Played in 21 matches in 2021, marking the most appearances by a USMNT player in a calendar year since 1994
  • Started four of five appearances in helping the USA win the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Scored his first international goal on a free kick in the USA’s 2-1 win vs. Ghana on July 1, 2017
  • Was part of the U.S. roster at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup and the 2013 and 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cups.

2022 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

  • Jointly led the USMNT along with Tyler Adams and Antonee Robinson with 13 appearances out of a possible 14 qualifiers.
  • Assisted on Weston McKennie’s game-winning goal in the eight minute of the USA’s 3-0 win against Honduras on Feb. 2, 2022, in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Has 19 career caps in World Cup Qualifying, tied for second-most among the current crop of players

CLUB HIGHLIGHTS

  • Captured his second MLS Supporters Shield as part of LAFC in 2022
  • Won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters Shield with FC Dallas in 2016
  • Signed as a Homegrown Player with FC Dallas in July 2012
  • Helped FC Dallas U-17/18s win the 2010-11 U.S. Soccer Development Academy championship

PERSONAL

  • Parents are Ken and Kanikah. His father and grandmother were born in Japan, which would have made him eligible to represent the Samurai Blue.
  • He is the first Japanese-American man to represent the U.S. at the World Cup
  • Grew up in a household with African, Japanese and Mexican influences
  • Credits former Dallas Tornado player Zequinha for helping him develop early on
  • Was cut from his school’s junior varsity soccer team in 2010 before joining U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program a month later
  • Lists former U.S. striker Eddie Johnson as one of his soccer heroes growing up
  • Big into food and fashion
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Birth Date:

Jul, 1995

Location:

Plano, TX, United States

Player Specifications:

Position:

Midfielder

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