Dayton Dutch Lions Press Release - www.dutchlionsfc.com
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
DAYTON, OHIO – Former Dutch international Sonny Silooy has signed a contract to become head coach of the Dutch-American pro soccer team Dayton Dutch Lions FC. He will be officially introduced at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3 at Bo Cinq in Amsterdam, Holland.
Sonny Silooy is a former professional soccer player, who has played 25 games for the Dutch National Team. He played 14 years for AFC AJAX. He became Dutch Champion with AJAX seven times, and won the KNVB Cup three times; the Cup Winners’ Cup, the UEFA Cup, the prestigious Champions League, the World Cup for club teams and the European Super Cup. Silooy also played for Matra Racing Paris (France), Arminia Bielefeld (Germany) and De Graafschap (The Netherlands).
Silooy ended his professional soccer career in 2002 and continued his career as a trainer. He was trainer of the youth team A1 juniors at AJAX for three years, winning a championship and the Dutch Cup. He was also coach at Young Boys in Haarlem. Last year Silooy worked for GR8 Industries as a technical and tactical consultant for young players and soccer players of the First Division and the Premier League. Now he is ready to embark in an American adventure.
"[This is ] a unique challenge," said Silooy. "At Dayton Dutch Lions FC I can work to build up a new ambitious professional club. This feels like a gift from heaven."
Club owners Erik Tammer and Mike Mossel are extremely enthusiastic about Silooy’s arrival.
"Sonny is a trainer with a great deal of experience," said Tammer. "He has had a fantastic soccer career and has been responsible for winning many prizes. His background assures a professional coaching staff with someone in charge that players will look up to and can learn from a lot. Sonny is the ideal coach for Dayton Dutch Lions FC."
Silooy and the Dutch soccer players will leave for the United States at the beginning of April to start their preseason for the USL Premier Development League which starts May 8.
Dutch Lions FC
Dayton Dutch Lions FC is a new professional soccer team founded by former professional soccer players Mike Mossel and Erik Tammer. The team will be located in Dayton, Ohio in the United States to play the USL Premier Development League, starting May 2010. Head coach Sonny Silooy and assistant coach Jack Hermans will train the 1st team, up till now consisting of eight Dutch professional players: Oscar Moens, Geert den Ouden, Ivar van Dinteren, Hans van de Haar, Bas Ent, Julius Wille, Bruce Godvliet and Johan Wigger. U.S. players will join the team in America. In association with F.C. Twente, the club is also going to set up Dutch Lions FC, an academy in the United States for young players that can be trained to be professional players.