The Dayton Dutch Lions FC (USL PRO) are proud to announce that the club has signed forward Yannick Smith.
Smith, a Hillsborough, NJ native, was a standout at Old Dominion University before turning professional in Finland’s Second Division with Narpes Kraft.
“I am extremely excited about joining the Dayton Dutch Lions and hope I can get settled and help the team immediately,” Smith declared. “I hope we can play an attractive game and also compete in the USL. I look forward to getting in and meeting the staff, players, and fans. I cannot wait to get started in Dayton.”
Smith was a prolific scorer overseas, registering 13 goals and 9 assists in just 23 games.
He had similar success as a four-year starter at ODU, tallying 23 goals and 14 assists. He received a number of awards, including being named NSCAA All-America, All-CAA, VASID Virginia Player of the Year, All-NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region, and a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
“We are very excited to bring in Yannick,” Dayton Dutch Lions head coach Sid van Druenen commented. “He has great speed, good ball control and had a fantastic strike rate when he was in Finland. He brings something different up front which will allow us to switch schemes up front from game to game.”
Smith can be found on Twitter @yanaldinho4.