Former FC Dallas goalkeeper now Texas A&M’s starting kicker

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Josh Lambo spent four seasons at FC Dallas after being selected in the first round of the 2008 MLS draft (not long after MLS names like Brek Shea, Chance Myers, Tony Beltran and Sean Franklin).

When the club didn’t renew his contract, Lambo took some of that Generation Adidas money and got himself in school. Now his educational quest is Texas A&M’s gain.

Lambo was elevated to starting kicker for the country’s No. 10 football team. (Lambo’s move from one “football” to the other is not news; the news here is that he has become the starter.)

When A&M’s starting kicker struggled last week, Lambo came in to kick an extra point and a 40-yard field goal. Saturday, he was the team’s starting kicker as A&M began its conference season at Arkansas.

Lambo isn’t the first former MLS man to go from pro soccer player to collegiate field goal kicker. Devin Barclay spent four years in MLS with Tampa Bay, San Jose, D.C. United and Columbus between 2001-2005. He appeared in 23 games during that time.

Barclay later walked on at Ohio State and became the team’s starting kicker in 2009. A game-winning field goal later that year helped the Buckeyes earn a spot in the Rose Bowl.