West Carrollton, OH. – Midfielder Amass Amankona has been identified as one of the USL PDL top players as he was in the first edition of the 2017 Premier Development League Top Prospects list, which highlights 50 of the of best players competing and impressing in the league.

Darwin Espinal, forward from South Florida Surf, is ranked No. 1 following strong showings in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, while Dayton Dutch Lions midfielder Amass Amankona takes the second spot. Creighton University and Tampa Bay Rowdies U23 forward Ricky Lopez-Espin is third, University of Michigan and Michigan Bucks forward Francis Atuahene is fourth and University of Virginia and Fresno Fuego center back Sergi Nus comes in fifth.

“We worked very hard to bring Amass back home to Dayton this summer, ” shared Head Coach Marcus Rixon. “Associate Head Coach Bruno Lopes was in touch with him all pre-season to ensure his arrival. He is a wonderful player both on the practice pitch and during our matches.  His competitiveness is outstanding and he elevates the play of those around him.”

Amankona played his collegiate soccer at the University of Dayton, but spent last summer playing for Real Salt Lake in Utah.  Being with the Dayton Dutch Lions has been a welcome homecoming for the Ghana national.

A total of 24 scouts across North America, including coaching directors, technical directors and head coaches, provide the PDL with valuable insight on the top Under-23 performers in the league throughout the season. The Top Prospects list, which serves as a resource for professional clubs who are interested in identifying and scouting high-level players, ranks players based on their performance within the PDL, their technical and tactical qualities and their potential to play at the professional level.

Since its creation in 2015, the USL Scouting Network has identified numerous standout performers within the league before they made their first professional debuts. Philadelphia Union defender Keegan Rosenberry finished the 2015 PDL season ranked No. 1 on the Top Prospects list, while standout forward Christian Chaney finished the 2016 PDL season ranked No. 1 before signing a professional contract with the United Soccer League’s Sacramento Republic FC. More than 370 PDL alumni are registered in the USL, while more than 220 players are on 2017 MLS rosters.


1. Darwin Espinal – Forward – South Florida Surf
2. Amass Amankona – Midfielder – Dayton Dutch Lions
3. Ricky Lopez-Espin – Forward – Tampa Bay Rowdies U23
4. Francis Atuahene – Forward – Michigan Bucks
5. Sergi Nus – Defender – Fresno Fuego
6. Mutaya Mwape – Midfielder – Charlotte Eagles
7. Nico Pasquotti – Midfielder – Calgary Foothills FC
8. Hugo Delhommelle – Midfielder – Reading United AC
9. Nikola Fimic – Defender – Ocean City Nor’easters
10. Brad Dunwell – Midfielder – Michigan Bucks

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    All practices and games of the Dayton Dutch Lions FC Men’s team (USL PDL) and Women’s team (USL W-League) will be at the Dayton Dutch Lions FC Soccer Complex in West Carrollton. The stadium seats 3500 people. In 2014 the Dayton Dutch Lions FC and Dayton Outpatient Center (DOC) installed an new artificial turf field in the stadium. DOC Stadium was opened in May 2014 when former 2x “FIFA Best Player in the World” Ruud Gullit kicked off the game against LA Galaxy II in the USL PRO League.


    The address is: 5833 Student St., West Carrollton, Ohio, 45449

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