FRISCO, Texas (August 21, 2023) – North Texas SC has signed forward Diego Pepi to an MLS NEXT Pro contract for the remainder of the 2023 and through the 2024 season. Per team policy, additional contract details will not be disclosed.
Pepi, 18, made his North Texas SC debut as an FC Dallas Academy player in the 1-0 win on the road over LAFC2 at Titan Stadium on March 26. Since making his debut, Pepi has featured in nine games, tallying a total of 128 minutes played. He scored his first professional and MLS NEXT Pro goal against St Louis CITY2 on May 28 at CITYPARK in a 2-2 draw.
“We are thrilled that (Diego) Pepi has committed to us,” said North Texas SC Interim Head Coach John Gall. “He’s a hard-working player who makes the game very uncomfortable for defenders with his pressing and hunting for the ball. He’s a natural goal scorer that puts himself in dangerous spots. I have no doubt that he will continue to push his boundaries and make a big impact at our club.”
He joined the FC Dallas Youth ECNL ’04 team for the 2021 season. Pepi moved up to FC Dallas Academy U-19 ahead of the 2023 season. He featured in all three of the group stage matches of the 2023 Dallas Cup U19 Super Group. Pepi contributed with two goals, one against Real Madrid and one against CF Monterrey’s Academy.
Name: Diego Pepi
Pronunciation: DEE-eh-goh peh-PEE
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Date of Birth: December 19, 2004 (18)
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas
Weight: 156 lbs.
Last Club: FC Dallas Academy
Transaction: North Texas SC signs forward Diego Pepi to an MLS NEXT Pro professional contract through the 2024 season.
ABOUT NORTH TEXAS SC
North Texas SC is an MLS NEXT Pro franchise that is owned and operated by FC Dallas. The team launched in 2018 and won its first title the following year. North Texas plays its home matches at Choctaw Stadium, the former home of the Texas Rangers.