Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney watches on as Tanner Tessmann makes USMNT debut

Tanner Tessmann had a really particular fan watching on as he got here off the bench to make his US males’s national team debut on Sunday night time.

When the FC Dallas midfielder strode onto the field as a substitute against Trinidad & Tobago, the most important smile inside Orlando’s Exploria Stadium belonged to Dabo Swinney, famed Clemson football coach and Tessmann’s godfather. Even behind his masks, Swinney’s smile was a sight to behold as was the FC Dallas jersey signed by Tessmann that he was sporting.

And the connection between the 2 males goes past godson and godfather. 

A year in the past, Tessmann appeared set to attend Clemson having being recruited as a kicker for the varsity’s powerhouse football team. However then plans shifted and on the end of February and he signed a Homegrown contract with Dallas. After a formidable first season in MLS, by which he made 21 appearances throughout the regular season and Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, Tessmann’s swift rise continued on Sunday with a debut outing for his country in a 7-0 rout.


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