Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen FC has signed another American to their squad as they announced a deal with Dante Polvara on Saturday.
Both sides have agreed to a two-and-a-half-year contract which will go into effect once his visa has been approved. The move also comes after he was announced as the winner of the MAC Hermann Trophy on Friday.
Polvara was a member of the Georgetown University men’s soccer that reached the semifinals of the 2021 NCAA Men’s College Cup. This past season, his junior year, he racked up seven goals and six assists for the Hoyas.
The 21-year-old enters the professional ranks with an array of personal accolades. In addition to the MAC Hermann Trophy, he’s also a two-time All-American and two-time Big East Midfielder of the Year.
With the MLS SuperDraft around the corner and several clubs showing interest in the former New York City FC academy player, the Dons took action quickly to complete their first signing in the January transfer window.
Polvara mentioned that prior to signing with Aberdeen, he had talked with head coach Stephen Glass and striker Christian Ramirez, which led him to make the choice to move to Scotland.
“I had a number of other options, both in the MLS and Europe, but I felt that Aberdeen was the right club for me to learn and develop as a player. It has a clear strategy of investing in young players and providing a visible pathway to enable them to fulfill their potential,” he said.
Aberdeen will be looking to lock down a spot in the Premiership’s Championship Round when they return to the field on January 18 against league leaders Rangers FC.