NASL Notes: Indy Secures Jamaican Premier League’s Top Scorer, more

Williams-Jamaica

by JAKE NUTTING

Indy Eleven is banking on their new coach Tim Hankinson’s short stint in the Jamaican Premier League with Montego Bay United last year paying major dividends in 2016.

This week, the club added Hankinson’s top scorer from Montego Bay, Dino Williams, on a loan. Williams, 25, led the entire JPL in scoring with 14 goals through 16 appearances in the first half of the 2015-2016 season.¬†Williams also had an impressive showing in the group stage of 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League for Montego Bay last fall. The striker appeared in all three matches for his club in the competition and netted a brace to help earn a 3-3 draw with MLS’ D.C. United.

Prior to this move, Williams’ only experience playing outside of Jamaica was a loan to the USL’s Charleston Battery in 2012.

FC Edmonton

According to a report from the11.ca, FC Edmonton has inked one the USL’s top attackers in 2015, midfielder Jason Plumhoff. The 24-year-old made his professional debut with the Harrisburg City Islanders last year, making his mark with an impressive 10 goals through 22 matches. During his three-year career at La Salle University, Plumhoff also played in the USL PDL for both the Ocean City Nor’easters and Reading United AC.

Minnesota United FC

Minnesota deepened its pool of keepers with the addition of Aaron Perez to this year’s squad. Perez joins the Loons after three seasons with the Orange County Blues in the USL where he served primarily as a backup. He’ll likely be filling the same role in Minnesota, where the dynamic Sammy Ndjock and veteran Kristian Nicht will presumably occupy the top two spots. The 29-year-old UCLA graduate got a late start in professional soccer after giving it a go as an NFL punter, first with the New England Patriots and then the Miami Dolphins.