In what continues to be an impressive offseason for the Cincinnati Dutch Lions, the club announced the addition of former FC Cincinnati and University of Cincinnati product Michael Millay. The center back joins a side predicted as one of the tops in the USL PDL Central Conference and features several players with professional experience.
Head Coach and Technical Director Sid van Druenen made mention of his desire to be one of the best USL PDL squads in the nation on this past week’s podcast and this signing shows that they are making the moves to do so.
Millay played three seasons for the University of Cincinnati and was named captain as a Junior. He would miss his Senior season at UC due to injury, before playing as a graduate student at national power Coastal Carolina University, reaching the NCAA Tournament.
The defender was signed by local USL club FC Cincinnati, for the club’s inaugural 2016 season after attending their player combine. His 2016 coach, USMNT Hall of Famer, John Harkes had a glowing review for the defender. “Michael really showed great heart and determination through the combines. It’s great to have him as part of the team and involved in the training environment and he is also someone who connects to the community.”
Millay would go on to make his professional debut in front of over 35,000 fans as FCC faced off vs. English Premier League side Crystal Palace. Check out his highlight package from 2016:
The Cincinnati Dutch Lions will open their 2017 campaign on Sunday, May 21st at the NKU Soccer Stadium vs. the West Virginia Chaos. Millay joins several professionals on their roster including Goalkeeper Zeus de La Paz (PSV Eindhoven), Boris Rasevic (PEC Zwolle) alongside local products, Ryan Melnick and Austin Smythe from the University of Cincinnati.
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