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The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC, that competes in the PDL, the highest level of amateur soccer in the USA, is happy to announce Ryan Melink, Jeremy de Hoog, Jesse Dingjan, Arthur Rogers and Oliver Korngor as the first five players that will represent the club during the 2017 PDL season.

Ryan Melink, from Loveland, Ohio, is a winger that played youth soccer for Ohio Elite and currently represents the University of Cincinnati, where he registered 5 goals and 3 assists during the 2016 season. “CDLFC is a competitive team playing in a great conference,” said Melink, “I am looking forward to getting better, win games, and hopefully bring a championship back to Cincinnati.”


Melink, will be joined by, Jeremy de Hoog and Jesse Dingjan, who are both from the Netherlands, and have the task to bring some Dutch flair to CDLFC’s game in the midfield.

Jeremy de Hoog represented the University of Rio Grande (OH) for two seasons and played a vital role in the University’s NAIA National Championship in 2015, with 2 goals and 10 assists earning him both an All-American nomination and Most Valuable Offensive Player nomination for the national tournament. Graduating in May of 2017, de Hoog said, “After four years in the United States I believe it is the right time to finally become a Dutch Lion and represent the orange colors with pride.”

Jesse Dingjan joins the Cincinnati Dutch Lions straight from the Netherlands where he plays for VV Ter Leede in the “Hoofdklasse.” This American adventure will be Dingjan’s second stint abroad after spending one season in New Zealand, with professional side Canterbury United FC, before returning to the Netherlands. Dingjan played his youth soccer with a professional club, Ado de Haag, and has an amateur national title and cup title on his name, both with VV Katwijk, one of the most respected amateur clubs in the Netherlands.

Arthur Rogers and Oliver Korngor, impressed the coaching staff after they attended the invitational try outs on February 11th.


Rogers, a midfielder from England, plays college soccer for Kentucky Wesleyan University, scoring 7 goals and registering 5 assists this past season and earning first team all-conference honors. Oliver Korngor, a speedy winger from Sierra Leone, plays his college ball at Alderson Broaddus (WV) University where he earned all-region first team at the end of the 2016 season.

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