Kellyn Acosta
Men's National Team

Kellyn Acosta

Defender Caps/Goals - 4/0
  • Date of Birth

  • Height / Weight

    5-10 / 150

  • Hometown

    Plano, Texas

  • Club

    FC Dallas


  • Joined the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team system at the U-14 level and has been involved with the team since. He joined U.S. Residency in spring 2010.
  • Member of the USA’s U-17 team that won the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Jamaica and was a part of the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup team in Mexico, where he started in all four of the USA’s matches.
  • Appeared in two matches at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championships; was injured on Jan. 11 versus Panama and missed the rest of the tournament.
  • Along with Zack Steffen, was a member of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup squad, though he did not appear in a match.
  • Prior to joining the FC Dallas Academy, he played club soccer at ASG and A to Z in the Dallas area.
  • Signed a homegrown professional contract with Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas in July 2012.
  • Made his MLS debut on August 4, 2013 in a 3-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC in front of 39,360 fans at CenturyLink Field.
  • Started 23 of the 34 first-team matches he’s appeared in over the past three seasons with FC Dallas.
  • Played for the FC Dallas U-16 and U-18 Development Academy teams, helping spur the U-18s to the 2011-2012 National Championship.
  • Was a finalist for US Soccer’s 2013 Young Male Athlete of the Year award.


  • Son of Kanikah Perry-Acosta and Kenneth Acosta; siblings are Kenny and Kenley-Grace.
  • Dad is born in Japan; Grandmother on dad’s side is also full Japanese.
  • Also has Mexican relatives, and says he grew up in a Mexican-Japanese-American culture.
  • As a youth also played basketball, football, and ran track (club). At age 6, he competed in tournaments and was named fastest kid in Texas in the 100 meter distance.
  • Graduated high school with 3.8 grade point average.

U.S. National Teams: Under-20s: Acosta earned four caps and starts and logged 351 minutes with the U-20 MNT in 2014. He served as the captain in a two-game sweep against Honduras and also wore the armband during the 2014 Marbella Tournament in Spain. Acosta is the team captain for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Acosta was a member of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup squad. Though he did not appear in the World Cup, he earned significant playing time in the lead-up to the tournament with three caps at the 2013 Toulon Tournament in France, followed by a pre-World Cup match against Portugal, a 3-1 victory on June 14 … Under-18s: In 2012 and early 2013, Acosta has regularly played for the U-18 MNT, wearing the captain’s armband on multiple occasions, including the 2012 Lisbon International Tournament … Under-17s: Acosta was part of the U-17 Residency Program in 2010 and 2011, earning seven international caps in 2010 and 11 caps in 2011. He was a member of the USA’s 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship team in Jamaica and the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup team in Mexico. At the U-17 World Cup, Acosta started in all four of the USA’s matches. Prior to the U-17s, Acosta represented the USA with the U-15 Boys’ National Team and U-14s.

2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship: Started and went the distance against Cuba and Panama … Started and played 113 minutes in the World Cup-clinching quarterfinal overtime victory against El Salvador ... 2011: Has started six of the USA’s 10 games leading into the World Cup … The youngest player in the Residency Program and on the U.S. U-17 World Cup team … 2010: Started all seven international matches in which he appeared … Before Residency: A member of the U-14 NDP and U-15 BNT … Member of the FC Dallas Academy … Personal: Dad is Japanese and Mom is American … Maicon is his favorite player … Barcelona is his favorite team … Despite being born and raised in Texas, the Los Angeles Lakers are his favorite team and Kobe Bryant is his favorite athlete

Campeonato Sub-17 de la CONCACAF 2011: Inició y jugó el partido entero contra Cuba y Panamá ... Inició y jugó 113 minutos en la victoria contra El Salvador en cuartos de final, que selló el puesto de EE.UU. en la Copa Mundial ... 2011: Ha iniciado seis de los 10 partidos de EE.UU. antes de la Copa Mundial ... El jugador más joven en el programa de residentes y en la Selección Sub-17 de EE.UU. de la Copa Mundial ... 2010: Inició los siete partidos internacionales en los que jugó ... Antes del programa de residentes: Un miembro del Programa Nacional de Desarrollo Masculino Sub-14 y Selección Sub-15 de EE.UU. ... Miembro de la Academia de FC Dallas ... Personal: Papá es japonés y mamá es estadounidense ... Su jugador favorito es Maico ... Su equipo favorito es Barcelona ... A pesar de haber nacido y crecido en Texas, su equipo favorito es Los Ángeles Lakers y su atleta favorito es Kobe Bryant

Acosta signed a homegrown contract with Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas in July of 2012. Acosta recorded his first MLS assist in his second season, setting up a Blas Perez goal in first-half stoppage time during a 2-1 victory against the Portland Timbers on March 29, 2014. Acosta started in nine of 15 matches in 2014. During his 2013 season, Acosta started in 11 of 13 games and logged 1,004 minutes. In MLS Reserve League play in 2012, Acosta played 270 minutes and scored a goal on June 16 in a 3-2 loss to the Houston Dynamo Reserves. Acosta is a former Development Academy player with FC Dallas. During the 2011-12 season, he helped the FC Dallas U-18s win the national championship with a victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The previous season, Acosta and the FC Dallas U-18 team finished runner-up to Pateadores during the 2010-11 Finals Week.