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After Retiring from FC Cincinnati, Nicholson Named Cincinnati Dutch Lions Head Coach

Weeks after announcing his retirement from FC Cincinnati, Paul Nicholson was named head coach of the Cincinnati Dutch Lions Football Club.

He was one of the first eleven signings at the founding of FC Cincinnati and played in thirty-seven matches in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

In his professional career, Nicholson had 153 appearances, scored seven goals, became the fourth player in USL history to log 10,000 minutes played, and is in the top ten in games played.

During the retirement announcement, FC Cincinnati President and General Manager Jeff Berding said, “Paul was well-respected in the locker room and he will be missed. He was an original member of our franchise and we thank him for his hard work on the field and for being a great ambassador for FCC off the pitch. Paul has been mentoring youth soccer players since he moved to Cincinnati, and we wish him well in his coaching career.”

“I’m very excited to take the next step in my career and extremely grateful to be given the opportunity by the Cincinnati Dutch Lions," Nicholson said. "From my short time with the Club, it seems like a fantastic place to coach and a top destination for aspiring professional soccer players. I want to thank Hans Philippo, Mike Mossel, and Bob Rack for giving me this opportunity. I know first-hand the importance of the PDL experience and CDLFC has all the resources to become a top club.”

“The Cincinnati Dutch Lions have created a highly professional environment for players to develop, compete, and excel," said Brandon Ponchak, general manager and assistant coach. "Prospective professional players can achieve their dreams of professional soccer through CDLFC as five players have already moved into the professional ranks and with more signings coming soon. Landing a coach like Paul is an incredible grab for our Club. Paul has the PDL and professional experience that can help our players continue to the next levels.”

The Premier Development League is the proven path to pro in North American soccer. The PDL is an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world. Nearly 70 percent of all MLS draftees since 2010 have PDL experience. In 2017, the PDL has 375 alumni in USL, 223 alumni in MLS, and over 120 in other leagues across the world.

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions play their home games at Northern Kentucky University.
-Staff report
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