FC Dallas has locked up emerging 18-year-old star forward Ricardo Pepi with a five-year contract extension, the team announced on Tuesday.
Pepi, who has been linked with a move to Serie A's Bologna, has eight goals in 14 appearances (nine starts) this season.
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"I'm very happy to give my everything to FC Dallas," Pepi said in a statement. "I want to thank the club for having that trust in me. It's a big step in my career, personally and for my family."
Pepi scored three goals in a 4-0 win over the LA Galaxy on Saturday to become the youngest player in MLS history (18 years, 196 days) to score a hat trick.
The El Paso native is in his third season with FC Dallas. He has 10 goals and one assists in 38 MLS appearances (13 starts).