Major League Soccer outfit FC Dallas acquired the services of former Kaizer Chiefs youngster Katlego Ntsabeleng, with the club forking out a fee of around R765 000 to make the deal happen.
The 23-year-old became the third South African player to feature in the MLS, following the likes of Kamohelo Mokotjo who turns out for FC Cincinnati and Bongokuhle Hlongwane who recently signed for Minnesota FC.
‘Tsiki’s’ passage to the USA came courtesy of the 2022 MLS SuperDraft, where he was the 28th first round draft pick.
The club confirmed on their official website that they paid a fee of $50,000 (R765 000) in general allocation money to secure the pick, which naturally belonged to New York City FC. City also received Dallas’ 34th second round draft pick.
“FC Dallas acquired New York City FC’s 2022 MLS SuperDraft natural first round draft pick (28th overall) in exchange for in General Allocation Money and FC Dallas’ natural second round draft pick (34th overall),” the statement read in part.
The Stars of Africa Academy graduate is off the back of a strong season with Oregon State University where he managed to score six goals and register and impressive 12 assists in 31 matches played.
His performances earned him a spot in the All-Pac-12 First Team and All-Far West Region First Team during the 2021 season.
The 2018 Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year took to Instagram to share his delight on his move.
“(The Beavers) have been a big part of my life the last two years and I would like to thank the coaching staff, my teammates and the wonderful students at (Oregon State University) for helping me get closer to my dream. FC Dallas, thank you for this wonderful opportunity, I am really excited and I can’t wait to get to work,” he posted on his personal account.
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