- Position Forward
- Number 19
- Date of Birth Jan 09 2003
- Hometown El Paso, TX
- Height 6' 0"
- Club Groningen (Netherlands)
Player Bio - Ricardo Pepi
National Team: An opportunistic striker, the forward will help lead the U.S. front line at the World Cup … Netted a 90th-minute, game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory vs. Mexico at September’s 4 Nations Tournament in the Netherlands … Helped the USA qualify for a record 17th FIFA U-17 World Cup at the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship, appearing in six of seven matches … Scored three goals at World Cup qualifying, including a brace against Canada in the semifinals … Netted the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 victory over Turkey at the 2018 Nike International Friendlies … Represented the U.S. at October 2018’s U17 International Youth Tournament in England … Appeared with the U-16 Boys’ National Team throughout 2018 and has spent time with the U-15 BNT … Also has appeared in training camps with the Mexico National Team.
Professional: Signed with FC Dallas as a Homegrown Player on June 21, 2019 … Made seven league appearances for Dallas this year … Earned his first team debut on June 12, 2019 in the U.S. Open Cup vs. Oklahoma City … Bagged a brace in the USL League One Championship Semifinals for North Texas SC vs. Madison … Finished tied for League One’s fifth-leading scorer with nine goals for on the season … Netted a hat trick in his pro debut for North Texas on March 30, 2019 vs. Chattanooga … Signed with North Texas on Dec. 6, 2018 as the club’s first player.
Youth: Played for FC Dallas in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy … Netted 19 goals in eight games for the club’s U-16/17 squad in 2018-19, the nation’s best goals-per-game rate … Joined the FC Dallas Academy just before turning 13 … Previously played with an FC Dallas affiliate in his birthplace of El Paso … Started playing soccer at age four.
Personal: Full name is Ricardo Daniel Pepi … Nicknamed Toro … Enjoys playing FIFA and golfing … Named after his father … Everyone in his family played soccer at some point … Has a dog … Favorite soccer player is Cristiano Ronaldo … Lists Gabriel Jesus as his biggest athletic inspiration … Going to the U-17 World Cup is his greatest soccer moment thus far … Favorite movie is Friday, favorite TV show is SpongeBob SquarePants … Loves listening to Bad Bunny … Favorite food is tacos.