Burlingame Dragons FC Re-Sign Former U-17 United States National Team Player Josh Smith
Smith was Captain on the 2015 Dragons FC team that won the PDL Southwest Division Title
The Burlingame Dragons Football Club is happy to announce that defender Josh Smith has committed to the team and will play for the organization during the 2016 Premier Development League season. In 2015, Smith served as the Dragons first captain, helping to lead the organization to it’s first PDL Southwest Division title and the PDL Western Conference Final Four in it’s first season of operation.
Smith anchored the Dragons defense last season, playing in 13 games and helping the team finish with 8 clean sheets and a goals against average of 0.76 goals a game. The physical and fleet-footed defender used his tools and his anticipation to help stop opposing offenses and his ability to communicate with the rest of the team helped organize the defense and make them amongst the most formidable in all of the PDL.
Smith also is a threat on the offensive end of the pitch as his occasional marauding runs into attacking positions allow him to join the play when necessary. He scored one goal last season, but put himself in great offensive positions throughout the season, especially off of set pieces where his aerial prowess makes him a goal-scoring threat.
Smith provides international playing experience to the Dragons. The German-born defender has suited up for the United States U17 National Team and played in the Bundesliga Academy for Karlsruher FC in the U17 and U19 divisions.
The 6’4, 200 lb. defender is coming off of a tumultuous 2015 collegiate season at the University of San Francisco. After playing in his team’s first two games, Smith sustained a season ending knee injury as his team traveled to play West Virginia in the third game of the season. He was granted a medical redshirt for his knee injury and will still have one season of eligibility left at USF. The highly effective defenseman just finished his rehab and has begun playing himself back into shape, so that by the beginning of the season, he will be itching and ready to go for BDFC.
In his last three full seasons for the Dons (2012-2014), Smith was named All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention in all three seasons. For his career at USF, he has found the net twice while battening down the hatches on the defensive end for the green and gold.