The Dayton Dutch Lions FC is happy to announce it’s first 6 player signings for the upcoming Premier Development League season. Wright State goalkeeper William Lukowski, University of Dayton defender Michael Brezovsky and forward Kennedy Nwabia, Sterling College defenders Colton Oord and Joseph Furry and University of Cumberlands left back Jack Cousin.
Lukowski represented the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC during the 2015 season and is very familiar with the Dutch Lions organization, “I am thankful to have the opportunity to play another season for the Dutch Lions organization under a great coaching staff. I look forward to help the team and competing in a tough conference to challenge for a spot in the playoffs”.
Center Back, Brezovsky, played 26 games for the Dayton Flyers in the past two seasons, “I am very excited about the opportunity to play in a new environment with DDL and learn from new coaches and teammates. I look forward to competing in one of the most competitive divisions in the PDL”. Teammate and center forward, Nwabia, appeared in 16 games with the flyers during his freshman season, “I love soccer and I see myself playing at the next level. They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a step and I believe DDL has given me that step to pursue my professional dreams”.
Full back Oord and center back Furry started and played all games for Sterling College during the 2015 season and are looking forward to the adventure in Dayton. Oord said, “I am stoked to be playing with the Dutch Lions FC this summer after my first year playing college soccer. I hope to be an important aspect to the team and make a difference for soccer in Dayton this season.”
Left attacking full back Jack Cousin comes of a season with the University of Cumberlands where he scored 14 goals and gave 3 assists in 17 appearances, “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to play for a club like the Dutch Lions FC. I am looking forward to playing with a new group of lads under such a experienced coach like Coach van Druenen. Hopefully we can have a very successful season.”
Director of Soccer and Head Coach Sid van Druenen had the following to say about these players, “I am very excited to announce our first 6 players, we have worked hard to build a strong and competitive roster and all these guys fit the profile of players we wanted to recruit. They are winners, want to achieve success with their soccer careers and understand that this does not come without a lot of work and commitment to the sport. I am looking forward to the start of the season with these 6 guys and look forward to announcing the rest of our roster in the next few weeks.”
This will be the Lions third season in the PDL which is the highest level of amateur soccer and is the proven path to professional in North American. The PDL is an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world. Seventy percent of all MLS draftees have PDL experience, and nearly 300 former PDL players competed during the 2015 USL PRO season.