Major League Soccer

Venezia FC acquire FC Dallas player Tanner Tessmann

Lizzy Becherano
Tanner Tessmann during FC Dallas v Sporting Kansas City
Tanner Tessmann during FC Dallas v Sporting Kansas City / Bill Barrett/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Serie A side Venezia FC finalized the deal with FC Dallas over homegrown player Tanner Tessmann, signing the player on a permanent transfer. As per team policy, any additional details and terms will remain disclosed. 

Tessmann is the third United States international to head to Italy’s top league since last year, joining Juventus player Weston McKennie and Roma defender Bryan Reynolds.

The 19-year old midfielder joins Venezia after working his way up from the FC Dallas academy to the club’s senior team. Tessmann began to distinguish himself after winning the Under-18/Under-19 Golden Ball in 2019 after leading the club to the Academy Championship. The following year he signed his first full contract, joining the roster as a homegrown deal ahead of the 2020 season. 

“Ever since I came to the academy at 14 years old, FC Dallas was developing me, honing my skills and making me a better young man. I knew an opportunity like this would be possible and it was always in the back of my mind, only because FC Dallas was there,” Tessmann said in a club statement.

“I’m excited for this new experience. It’s going to be a good journey. This is not a goodbye. It’s an ‘I'll see you soon.”

Tessmann joins a newly promoted Venezia, after the club won promotion to the Italian top tier for the first time since the 2001/02 season. Venezia went through a period of bankruptcy while plummeting to Serie D before making a comeback. The club finished fifth of Serie B last year, reaching the six-team playoffs and defeating all opponents to earn the promotion. 

The American player could be a great addition to the team, providing valuable versatility in the midfield and offense. Tessmann displayed his abilities after debuting in February 2020 for FC Dallas and appearing for the club on 28 occasions.