The SA Scorpions FC announce the addition of forward Ruben Luna on loan from FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. The player will be on loan for the remainder of the NASL season.
FC Dallas can recall Luna at any time during the last six games of the season. The player will most likely be included in any playoff games once the regular season commences.
Luna was born in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico and grew up in Garland, Texas. In 2009, Luna was named the US Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-16 age group and lead the league in scoring with 38 goals in 27 games.
He would flourish as a member of the U-18 FC Dallas Academy in 2010 with a team-high 26 goals in 29 appearances. As a result, he was named to the U.S. U-18 Development Academy Starting XI.
Luna, 20, signed with FC Dallas as a homegrown player in July 2010 and made his first MLS appearance on Sept. 4th, 2010 against Toronto. In 2011, Luna appeared in 15 MLS matches and led FC Dallas with two goals scored in CONCACAF Champions League play.
“Ruben brings experience from MLS and gives us a player that adds depth to a vital position,” Scorpions Head Coach Tim Hankinson said. “Having him should allow us to deal with different challenges and situations and help us get in a good position for the playoffs.”
“Just as we did with Moises Hernandez, we thought this was a good opportunity for a young player to get the games he needs to continue his development,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “It’s nice having a team like San Antonio so geographically close. It gives Ruben the chance to really speed up the growth process, without us having to send him too far away.”
The Scorpions, who currently sit in first place in the NASL with 42 points and lead the league in goals scored, are hoping to become the first expansion team in the NASL to finish the regular season in first place. San Antonio clinched a playoff spot for the 2012 NASL playoffs with a win over the Tampa Rowdies on Aug. 19.