Kellyn Acosta

  • DOB July 24, 1995
  • Age 27
  • Place of birth Plano, Texas
  • POSITION Midfielder
  • HEIGHT 5'10"
  • WEIGHT 150
  • U.S. CAPS 8
  • CLUB Colorado Rapids
  • TWITTER @KellynAcosta (14.7K followers)
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 25
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 32
  • Youth Experience U-17, U-18, U-20
When you turn pro at age 16, make your first-team debut at 17, and become a consistent starter at 18, expectations tend to get pretty ramped up, so it’s easy to forget that Kellyn Acosta is still a kid.

But to whom much is given, much is expected. And Acosta has been given a lot, starting with physical gifts that give him the strength and athleticism to play as a defensive midfielder or at either fullback spot; ball skills to get out of trouble in tight spaces; and a tactical awareness that belies his youth.

Most importantly, he’s been given a chance. He was the youngest field player on the U.S. squad at last year’s U-20 World Cup and he’s played more minutes as a teenager than anyone in FC Dallas history. While he prefers to play midfield, his future likely lies as a fullback with the national team— though that time is probably a few years away. –BROOKE TUNSTALL

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