Kellyn Acosta

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Kellyn Acosta
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Personal information
Full name Kellyn Kai Perry-Acosta[1]
Date of birth (1995-07-24) July 24, 1995 (age 21)
Place of birth Plano, Texas, United States
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Dallas
Number 23
Youth career
2009–2013 FC Dallas
2010–2011 IMG Soccer Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– FC Dallas 94 (8)
National team
2010–2011 United States U17 18 (0)
2012 United States U18 4 (0)
2013–2015 United States U20 15 (0)
2016 United States U23 2 (0)
2016– United States 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 23, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 12, 2017

Kellyn Kai Perry-Acosta (born July 24, 1995) is an American soccer player who currently plays for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer and for the United States men's national soccer team.


Acosta played for the FC Dallas Development Academy prior to becoming a homegrown signing in July 2012 (although he was not eligible for selection until the 2013 season).[2] He did make three MLS Reserve League appearances. He was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy Central Conference Player of the Year in 2011–12.[3]

He made his first-team debut in a 3–0 loss at Seattle in August 2013.[4] He made nine consecutive starts from August to October of that season. His 2014 season was interrupted by a knee injury. He initially played fullback for the club, but eventually transitioned to a starting role a defensive midfielder in 2015.


Acosta was born in the United States to a Japanese father, and was eligible for Japan or the United States.[5] After having played in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Acosta became the youngest member of the U.S. squad at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[6] He was also part of the squad two years later at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[7]

He made his full international debut for the United States in a friendly versus Iceland on January 31, 2016.[8]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 July 1, 2017 Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, East Hartford, United States  Ghana



FC Dallas


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