Philadelphia, PA: Today was selected as part of Major League Soccer’s SuperDraft being held at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Lovitz was selected as the 24th overall pick by the Toronto FC. Lovitz becomes the 78th Dynamo player been drafted by a Major League Soccer team,since the inaugural draft took place in 1996. 25 of today’s 38 players drafted have PDL experience. The remaining two rounds of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft will take place on Tuesday, January 21st. Dynamo MF, Alex Martinez from NC State is expected to be drafted then.
Daniel Lovitz (Dynamo 2012-2013)
High School/Club: GermantownAcademy/Lower Merion Velez
This past Dynamo season Lovitz, hampered by injuries saw action in sevenmatches, notching one assist. During his1st season (2012) with the Dynamo, Lovitz 16 games scoring one goalwith five assists, playing an integral part of the Dynamos run to the PDLFinals. This past season at Elon, Lovitz was named Conference Player of theYear and 1st team All-South Region after leading the Phoenix to aSoCon Championship on four goals and six assists. As a junior at Elon, Danny started 22matches, scoring three goals with two assists for the SoCon Champs. During his first two years at Elon, Lovitzstarted 34 of 40 matches, notching two goals while assisting on another eight,and earned SoCon All-Freshman team honors. Lovitz helped lead Germantown Academy to twoInter-Academic League championships in 2006 and 2009 and was namedall-conference as a senior. His LowerMerion Velez club team captured state cup titles in 2004 and 2008, as well asRegion I/Region I Premier League championships in 2008 and finished third atthe 2009 National Championships.
About the Dynamo:
The Carolina Dynamo is one of the oldest and moststoried clubs in US soccer, having won 5 National Championships, multipleConference Championships, and11 Division Titles. Founded in 1993, theDynamo is three years older than Major League Soccer. The Dynamo is ateam of elite college players with professional aspirations. Theycompete for the Dynamo during the summer, and then return to colleges to finishtheir eligibility. Many of our players are drafted by MLS clubs and canbeen seen playing on National TV the following summer. Beginning withMajor League Soccer’s (MLS) 1996 inaugural year, 77 Dynamo players have beendrafted by MLS teams. The Dynamos commitment to player development bringsthe very best players from the Region’s top college programs together to playin Macpherson Stadium each summer.
About the PDL:
The Premier Development League www.uslsoccer.com(PDL) is the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid that begins with MajorLeague Soccer, which boasts some 74 teams for the 2012 season and spans acrossthe US into both Bermuda & Canada. The league is designed to develop top young talent, giving youngaspiring professionals and elite collegiate players the opportunity to play inan organized league with veterans to learn from. Eight of the 26 player’s on each professionalteam roster are permitted to be over the age of 23. For this reason the league contains a largenumber of elite college talent, and a sprinkling of professionalexperience. USA National team stars suchas Brian Ching, Jay DeMerit, and Sacha Kljestan, and seasoned World class professionalssuch as Jurgen Klinsmann (US National Team Coach) have also played in theleague.
The PDL is often used as a ‘shop window’ by toplevel professional teams who look to watch players ahead of the MLS SuperDraft,this gives you the chance to see developing stars in live action at PDL gamesyear in and year out.