A week before Alejandro Del Cura officially graduates from NYIT, the men’s soccer back made his Premier Development League (PDL) debut.
The PDL features 74 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 18 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club.
Originally from Madrid, Spain, Del Cura has signed with FA Euro and was in uniform for the club’s season opener on May 13 at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn against Ocean City.
“It’s really great to be able to further my career after NYIT,” he said.
Del Cura, who is graduating from NYIT on May 22 with a degree in mechanical engineering, was invited to sign with the club by the team’s captain, who also played in the East Coast Conference (ECC).
Del Cura interned with a construction company last summer and hopes to pursue a career in that industry as well.
A second-team All-ECC selection as a senior, he completed his NYIT career with four goals in 67 matches (54 starts). The appearance total is tied for ninth in program history.
He also was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for achieving at least 3.2 GPA during fall 2017 semester.
More than 70 percent of all Major League Soccer (MLS) selections since 2010 have PDL experience, including 66 selections in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
The PDL season consists of 14 regular-season matches for each team.
By Adam Rubin