Ex-FC Dallas youngster Funes makes River Plate debut

FC Dallas product Gabriel Funes made his debut for Argentinean giants River Plate on the weekend.

FC Dallas product Gabriel Funes made his debut for Argentinean giants River Plate on the weekend.

The 18-year old, who won the 2008 version of Univision’s reality tryout TV show - ‘Sueno MLS’, came on in the 66th minute of River’s 3-1 loss to Velez Sarsfield but despite the loss was delighted to have been a part of Argentina’s Primera Division.

"It was something very wonderful," Funes told Ovacion.com. "It was extremely emotional. I never would have thought I would debut in the Primera. At least for now the dream has come true."

‘Funes immigrated to Texas from Argentina with his family at age 10 and after a season in which he scored 35 goals for Arlington High, he entered "Sueno Dallas" - sueno means "dream" in Spanish - and prevailed among the 2,000 participants.’

Funes admitted he was nervous prior to the match but was happy with his overall performance.

"I came in with confidence and was a little nervous, which is normal. I got into the action, but came up short in front of the goal. But it was a good debut, and it was very important for me that I didn't miss-hit any passes,” he added.

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