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FC Dallas standout Ricardo Pepi signs five-year contract extension

Jul 24, 2021; Frisco, Texas, USA;  FC Dallas forward Ricardo Pepi (16) walks off the pitch wearing a cowboy hat after the match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 24, 2021; Frisco, Texas, USA; FC Dallas forward Ricardo Pepi (16) walks off the pitch wearing a cowboy hat after the match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas has locked up emerging 18-year-old star forward Ricardo Pepi with a five-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal runs through the 2026 season.

Pepi has eight goals in 14 appearances (nine starts) this season.

“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 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday to become the youngest player (18 years, 196 days) in MLS history to achieve the hat trick.

The El Paso native is in his third season with FC Dallas. He has 10 goals and one assists in 38 MLS appearances (13 starts).

–Field Level Media