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Report: FC Dallas terminates contract of goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez (1) passes the ball during the first practice of preseason training at Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.(Vernon Bryant / Staff Photographer)

FC Dallas has terminated its contract with goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez following an investigation into domestic abuse allegations, according to The Athletic.

Gonzalez was suspended in early June after abuse allegations were reported to the Frisco Police department.

Online records indicate that his wife filed a protective order in Denton County on May 27, but it is unclear if those orders were granted. An attorney listed for her did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

His wife also filed on June 1 to annul their recent marriage, according to online records.

Before the coronavirus pandemic suspended the 2020 season, Gonzalez started in both games for FCD, conceding two goals to Montreal and shutting out Philadelphia.

Gonzalez signed a four-year contract extension with FCD in January and appeared in 101 games as the FCD goalkeeper. He was the 10th homegrown player to sign with the club and was the youngest player to be the starting goalkeeper in club history.

Jimmy Maurer will become FCD’s primary goalkeeper once the club returns to play. FCD will reportedly face Nashville SC in a pair of matches in Frisco starting next week to help make up the games lost after it was pulled from the MLS is Back Tournament due to several positive COVID-19 tests.

FCD head coach Luchi Gonzalez said on a conference call last week he didn’t have an update on his goalkeeper, but knew the league’s decision was coming soon.

“I hope he and his family are well and in a better place. I hope that whatever is decided is in the best interest for MLS, FC Dallas and Jesse,” Gonzalez said. “We all have to be held accountable for anything we’re involved in. But let’s see what happens and we will go from there.”

Dallas Morning News

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