For the second time in less than a week, FC Dallas have loaned a player to a club in USL PRO. Last Thursday, FCD loaned flank midfielder Brian Span to Orlando City SC. And on Tuesday, Dallas announced it had loaned striker Jonathan Top to Arizona United SC.
Top, 21, is a native of Fort Worth, Texas who was signed from the FCD Academy in January 2011. He made four appearances with the first team in 2012, scoring one goal and adding one assist. However, Top has not seen any minutes with the Dallas first team since.
He was a candidate to be loaned out last summer but inexplicably was not, presumably because both FCD technical director Fernando Clavijo and then head coach Schellas Hyndman wanted him to remain in Frisco because of injuries to strikers like Eric Hassli and Blas Perez.
First-year FCD head coach Oscar Pareja knows Top well from having coached him in the Academy before becoming Colorado’s head coach in 2012, and he thinks this is a good move for the young forward.
“We sent him to have more competition,” Pareja said after training on Tuesday. “He has too many hours of training now we want him to play on the field. We want him to be in the competition.”
One interesting fact about Top ending up with the Phoenix-based Arizona United SC is that he will be coached by someone with FCD ties in former Dallas defender Michael Dellorusso, who recently became Arizona United’s first head coach after a nice run as an assistant at Maryland under the legendary Sasho Cirovski.
Dellorusso was a fourth-round pick of FCD in the 2006 MLS Super Draft and made 11 appearances for Dallas between 2006 and 2009.
Top’s loan is for the entire 2014 season but FCD reserves the right to recall him at any time the club deems necessary.
When the loan for Span was announced last week, Pareja said there were two additional players FCD wanted to loan out. Besides Span and Top, those candidates appear to be ’14 top draft pick Tesho Akindele, homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez and flank midfielder Ryan Hollingshead.