The Dayton Dutch Lions FC announce three additional players to the roster for the 2016 PDL season. They are Wright State midfielder Eric Lynch, Tennessee Wesleyan College forward Nduka Kemjika and Dutch center back Daan de Blank.
Eric Lynch, a two-time high school All-American from Bellbrook, where he is the all-time leader in goals (110), assists (57) and points (227) will be on this pitch this summer at DOC Stadium. Lynch was the DII Ohio player of the year in 2012 and is a current Junior at Wright State University. He has scored 15 goals and tallied 16 assists in three seasons with the WSU Raiders. “Eric is a great addition to our roster”, said
Head Coach Sid van Druenen. “He brings a technical ability and scoring threat as a wide or attacking midfielder that will be very important for us throughout the season.”
Forward, Nduka Kemjika, is a Senior at Tennessee Wesleyan College where he scored 20 goals and gave 6 assists for a total of 46 points in the past two seasons. Nduka had the following to say about joining the DDL FC PDL team for the 2016 season, “I’m looking forward to another PDL season and playing with the DDL. They have a quality coaching staff and players who look to play attractive soccer. The professional environment and the ambition of the club suits me perfectly and it’s something that I will thrive from.”
“I am very excited to welcome Nduka to the club”, said van Druenen. “He is a strong and fast forward that has scored goals everywhere he plays. He also brings PDL experience to the squad which is invaluable because he knows what to expect.”
Daan de Blank, joins the Dayton Dutch Lions FC from Dutch club RKAVV that plays in the highest amateur divisions in the Netherlands. De Blank is a center back that played his youth for professional Dutch clubs ADO den Haag, NAC Breda and FC Dordrecht. De Blank has been with the club since March as a youth academy coach and shared the following about the upcoming PDL season, “Since I arrived in the USA, I started feeling more and more excited to start the season with the Dayton Dutch Lions FC. I’m ready for the season and am looking forward to playing the opening game against the Cincinnati Dutch Lions. My expectation is that it is going to be a fascinating season with a lot of exciting games against interesting teams. My goal for the season is to play good games, entertain the crowd and qualify for the playoffs of the PDL ”.
“Daan is a player that joins us through our partnerships in the Netherlands”,
van Druenen said, “He is used to playing a demanding level of soccer and I am curious to see how he will react and adapt to the physical play and fast pace in the PDL. So far he has shown he possesses a high soccer IQ and is very eager to get started and be successful, I am very much looking forward to start working on the field with him.”