- Position: Midfielder
- Date of Birth: 07/25/1995
- Pro Team: LAFC
- Height: 5'10"
- Caps: 55
- Goals: 2
Kellyn Acosta came up to the professional ranks through the FC Dallas developmental academy. Signed as a homegrown player in 2012, he debuted for Dallas during the 2013 season as a defender. Quickly becoming a mainstay in the Dallas lineup, Acosta had a setback in 2014 with a knee injury. He returned to the lineup as a defensive midfielder, once again establishing himself as a regular. Traded to Colorado on July 23, 2018, Acosta joined LAFC for the 2022 MLS season
At international level, Acosta appeared for the USMNT at every age level playing in the 2011 U-17 World Cup and the 2013 and 2015 U-20 World Cups. Acosta debuted for the senior squad in 2016.
2022: Subbed on against El Salvador on Jan 27 and Canada on Jan 30. Started against Honduras on Feb 2. Started against Mexico on Mar 24 and subbed on against Panama on Mar 27. Started against Costa Rica on Mar 30 and against Grenada in the Nations League on Jun 10. Started against Saudi Arabia on Sep 27. Named to the World Cup squad on Nov 9 and subbed on against Wales on Nov 21. Subbed on against Iran on Nov 29.
2021: Started against Trinidad & Tobago on Jan 31 and had an assist. Started against Jamaica on Mar 25 and Northern Ireland on Mar 28. Subbed on against Switzerland on May 30 and against Honduras in the Nations League on Jun 3. Subbed on against Costa Rica on Jun 9. Started against Haiti in the Gold Cup on July 11. Started in the Nations League final against Mexico on Jun 6. Subbed on against Costa Rica on Jun 9. Subbed on against Martinique on Jul 15 and scored. Started against Canada on Jul 18. Started against Jamaica on Jul 25 and Qatar on Jul 29. Started against Mexico on Aug 1. Subbed on against El Salvador on Sep 2 and started against Canada on Sep 5. Started against Honduras on Sep 8. Started against Panama on Oct 10. Subbed on against Mexico on Nov 12 and against Jamaica on Nov 16. Started against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec 18.
2020: Subbed on against El Salvador on Dec 9.
2018: Subbed on against Brazil on Sep 7 and Mexico on Sep 11. Started against Colombia on Oct 11 and Peru on Oct 16. Subbed on against England on Nov 15 and started against Italy on Nov 20.
2017: Called into the Gold Cup squad, scored his first international goal in the warm-up friendly against Ghana on Jul 1. Started against Panama in the Gold Cup opener on Jun 7 and against Martinique on Jun 12. Subbed on against El Salvador in the quarterfinal on Jul 19. Started the Jul 22 semifinal against Costa Rica and the final against Jamaica on Jul 26. Started against Honduras on Sep 5. Subbed on against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct 10. Started against Portugal on Nov 14.
2016: Part of January camp, won his first squad against Iceland on Jan 31.
2022: Traded to LAFC in January and won the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup.
2021: Won the West with Colorado, exiting the playoffs in the semifinals.
2020: Finished 5th in the West with the Rapids, exiting the playoffs in the opening round.
2019: Played 31 games in his first full season in Colorado, finishing 9th in the West.
2018: Traded to Colorado on July 23, missing the playoffs.
2017: Missed the playoffs with Dallas.
2016: Played in 32 games making 24 shots and scoring two goals.
2015: Moving to defensive midfield, Acosta scored three times in 21 games for Dallas.
2014: Played in 15 games for Dallas, missing time due to injury.
2013: Played in 13 games as a defender with Dallas.
2012: Signed with FC Dallas as a homegrown player, appearing for the reserve side.
Youth Soccer: Acosta came up through the FC Dallas academy system, signing a pro contract as a teenager.