On a personal note, this one is bittersweet. Tanner is a joy to watch on the field and has been awesome to interview. I support the growth and development of homegrowns, but that doesn’t mean it stings a tiny bit each time a favorite player heads off to spread their wings.

Best of luck, FranJam.

Listen to Tanner Tessmann’s Hustle and Pro episode.

FC Dallas signed Tessmann as the 28th Homegrown Player in club history on Feb. 27, 2020. He appeared in 28 overall matches for FC Dallas and recorded an MLS assist in his MLS debut on Feb. 29, 2020 vs. Philadelphia Union. 

The Alabama native made his professional debut on April 27, 2019 with North Texas SC in a 1-0 win against Orlando City B. He appeared in 16 matches overall for North Texas SC and was part of the team that won the inaugural USL League One title after defeating Greenville Triumph SC 1-0 on Oct. 19, 2019. Tessmann scored his first professional goal with North Texas SC on May 11, 2019 in a 4-1 win. He appeared in six preseason matches for FC Dallas in 2020. 
Tessmann, 19, joined the FC Dallas Academy in 2016. He won the U-18/U19 Golden Ball following the 2018-2019 season after helping lead the FC Dallas to the U-18/U19 Academy Championship. Tessmann was part of the FC Dallas U-15 Academy team that won the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup in 2017, becoming the first Dallas Academy side to win a Dallas Cup title. On Dec. 18, 2019, Tessmann committed to playing soccer and football at Clemson University after being recruited by Clemson football coach William Christopher “Dabo” Swinney and assistant football coach Danny Pearman. 
Tessmann earned his first United States Men’s National Team call up in January 2021 and made his senior team debut on January 31, 2021 against Trinidad and Tobago. Tessmann was also called up to the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team in March to participate in the 2020 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.
Venezia FC is based in Venice, Italy and will compete in Serie A after being promoted to the first-division league through the 2020-2021 season playoffs. The team was originally founded in 1907 and has one Coppa Italia title.