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In four seasons as a first-choice goaltender for North Carolina, Greensboro’s Alec Smir gave up just 56 goals in 66 games.


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Alec Smir has always called North Carolina home, but the Greensboro native has been drawn to Texas after being selected in Tuesday night’s Major League Soccer Superdraft.

Smir was drafted into the final round of the three-round draft by FC Dallas with the sixth pick (62nd overall). The North Carolina Tar Heels standout was the seventh goalie pick.

With Charlotte FC joining MLS this year, it was possible to stay close to home. But the extension team picked George Marks, who helped Clemson win the NCAA championship last season, with the first pick of the third round (57th overall).

“It was mixed feelings,” says Smir, 22. “I’ve lived in North Carolina all my life, so on the one hand it would have been great to be close to my home and to a lot of people. … But at the same time I was ready for something new, ready for a new chapter. I’m super excited.”

That new chapter begins this weekend when the 6-foot-2, 190-pound keeper joins FC Dallas for two weeks of training at the Toyota Soccer Center, the club’s home in Frisco, Texas. Then the club moves to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. for another week of training and scrimmages with other teams from January 30th to February 2nd. 5.

Being called up is “more of an opportunity to be at the club for the pre-season and then after the pre-season starts talking about the contracts,” says Smir, who is represented by ICM Stellar Sports’ Nicco Roffo. “It’s a two to three week trial at FC Dallas and if they like me, they’ll sign me. If not, maybe I’ll be with their second team.”

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