FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 18, 2011) – FC Dallas acquired midfielder Andrew Jacobson from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for the club’s second round natural selection in the 2013 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, the club announced today.
“I’m very happy to have Andrew join FC Dallas,” said head coach Schellas Hyndman. “He’s a very good player, a center midfielder who will also go back in defense. He brings size to the team, but he’s also got very good soccer feet and might seem like a 5’10” player rather than his actual 6’2”. He comes from a great program under Kevin Grimes at Cal, and I see him contributing to this team immediately.”
Acquired by Philadelphia in the 2009 Expansion Draft, Jacobson started 13 of 25 games and played a total of 1,294 minutes for the Union in 2010. Prior to joining Philadelphia, Jacobson made 17 appearances, totaling 845 minutes in the midfield for D.C. United during the 2009 MLS season. Jacobson scored one goal during the 2009 season. The goal came in a 2-1 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.
“Andrew will be a good addition to FC Dallas,” Technical Director Barry Gorman said. “It was an opportunity for us to pick up an experienced player in a covering position.”
Jacobson played with FC Lorient of France’s Ligue 1 in 2008 and was named to the U.S. National Futsal Team roster, playing in four matches at the Futsal World Cup in Brazil. He was a NSCAA First Team All-American, a member of the All-Far West First Team and PAC-10 Player of the Year as a senior at Cal. He had 11 goals and 13 assists in 83 appearances for the Bears.