The 2018 MLS SuperDraft just concluded on Sunday afternoon. The PDL had yet another great year in producing top players into the professional game in the United States. From 2000-2018, 53.51 percent of all MLS SuperDraft picks have had PDL experience. Since 2010, a staggering 70.77 percent of selections had PDL experience. In 2018, PDL reached new heights with 66 alumni selected (out of 81 picks) which is 81.48 percent. This is the first time the percentage has surpassed 80 percent and selections surpassed 60. For five consecutive years PDL alumni selections has surpassed 70 percent of all draftees.

To recap the SuperDraft, three of the first five picks were PDL alumni. The first round and second round each had 18 PDL alumni selected. The two rounds individually and collectively were record-setting numbers for PDL. In the final two rounds, PDL teams produced 16 players who were selected in the 3rd round and 14 players who were selected in the 4th round.

The Central Great Lakes Division, which CDLFC play in, had five players drafted who played in the Division in 2017. Additional information on the 2018 SuperDraft and PDL alumni can be read at uslpdl.com. While no players from the Cincinnati Dutch Lions were selected in the 2018 SuperDraft, in 2017 CDLFC had two alumni drafted Jalen Brown (38th pick, NYCFC) and Jake Stovall (66th pick, Seattle Sounders).

The “Gateway to Professional Soccer” with Cincinnati Dutch Lions has continued since 2015 with eight players signing pro soccer contracts, including four since January 2017.

  • Zeus de la Paz – Oldham Athletic AFC (2018; England League One)
  • Jalen Brown – New York City FC (2017; MLS) & Rochester Rhinos (2017; USL)
  • Jake Stovall – Seattle Sounders (2017; MLS) & Puerto Rico FC (2017; NASL)
  • Garrett Halfhill – FC Cincinnati (2017; USL)
  • Oriol Cortes – Orange County Blues (2016; USL)
  • Kyle Smith – Louisville City FC (2016; USL)
  • Alejandro Garcia – Orlando City B (2016; USL) & Deportivo Tepic FC (2017; Ascenso MX)
  • Eric Osswald – Real Monarchs SLC (2015; USL)

You have the opportunity to see the next wave of future professional players this summer during the 2018 PDL season. The schedule will be released soon and CDLFC will play all home games at Northern Kentucky University. Purchase them now through January 31 for a 30% discount using code DECDLFCEMBER. Tickets will not be shipped until after the schedule release in January.

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions look forward to the 2018 season and hope to see you in support. Find us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube to keep updated on CDLFC happenings in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to get promotions, breaking news, and more information happening with CDLFC. Contact the Dutch Lions for any questions or appearances or 859-746-5250.

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