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Fofana Signs for 2016 PDL

By Rovers Staff, 05/24/16, 2:00AM EDT


The Derby City Rovers are pleased to announce Moustapha Fofana as the 2nd signing for the 2016 PDL season.  The 24 year old right defender from Senegal just completed his freshmen season at 9-time NAIA National Champion Lindsey Wilson College.  During an impressive debut campaign for the Blue Raiders which saw Fofana start every game, the pacey and skillful defender was an essential piece of defensive unit that posted 11 shutouts.  Moustapha is also known for his attacking prowess on the flanks,  contributing 1 goal and 5 assists with his precision service into the box.  Prior to enrolling at Lindsey he cut his teeth in the prestigious Diambars FC Academy.

Head Coach Lee Chalmers is excited about the complete game that Fofana will bring to this years Rovers PDL side. "Moustapha has the key qualities we look for in a defender in our system of play.  First and foremost he can shut-down the opposing attack with his tremendous athleticism and positional understanding.  But moreover, he strengthens our attack with his ability to get forward on the wing and provide a quality final ball in the attacking third of the field."

Look for more player announcements this week as the Derby City Rovers prepare for their 2016 PDL opener on Friday, May 27, 7:30pm at Woehrle Field.  Visit to view their complete 2016 PDL schedule and purchase tickets.

The highest level of amateur soccer in North America, the PDL has a history dating back more than two decades that has helped top-level players rise to the professional ranks. Among the PDL’s alumni are players such as U.S. Men’s National Team members Brad Guzan, DeAndre Yedlin, Gyasi Zardes and Geoff Cameron. More than 200 PDL alumni competed in the 2015 Major League Soccer season, with another group of league alumni set to begin their professional paths following the recent 2016 MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore, Md.

The PDL has provided  a major development platform for future professional players, with 12 of the league’s current membership being owned and operated by an MLS or USL club, or holding a partnership with an MLS or USL club. Seventy percent of the players selected in the MLS SuperDraft over the past seven years are PDL alumni, while Homegrown Players such as Gyasi Zardes, Harry Shipp, Darwin Jones and Jay Chapman also competed in the league on their path to the professional ranks.

The PDL has received strong support from both Major League Soccer and the USL as it provides a proven pathway to the professional ranks for top college-aged players in North America.