Otis Earle: FC Dallas move a “dream come true”

Otis Earle in action for UC Riverside (Photo by Gabriel L. Acosta)

English left-back Otis Earle will be playing in MLS this season after he was selected by FC Dallas with the 15th pick of the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.

The London native will hope to make an immediate impact in the Dallas side, especially as long-term left-back Jair Benitez was waived at the end of last season.

Moises Hernandez is expected to be the first-choice left-back come the start of the season for FC Dallas but Earle is just looking forward to get started with his new team in MLS.

“It’s a dream come true,” Earle said after being drafted in the first round. “FC Dallas is a great team. I met with them during the Combine and really liked the coaching staff.

“I got a good feel for what they want to do, how they want to play and I thought that was a team I could contribute to. I’m really thankful for the opportunity and just ready to get to work now.”

Otis Earle in action at the 2015 MLS PLayer Combine (Photo via

Otis Earle in action at the 2015 MLS PLayer Combine (Photo via

The club’s technical director Fernando Clavijo was delighted to have picked up Earle with the fifteenth pick and feels the 22-year-old can be a solid player for the Western Conference side this year.

“He’s strong with the ball. He understands, he grew up in a good environment in soccer in England,” Clavijo said.

“I think he has a lot of attitude to the game that is going to help us. He’s a guy that can go up and down the field. With his service, can he get a little bit better, probably yes, but he’s a good asset for us.”

Earle is a real threat going forwards as a left-back and ended 2014 with two goals and four assists for UC Riverside, and he will hope to see plenty of action in MLS with FC Dallas now.

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