Dante Polvara: “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. ” (Photo courtesy of Aberdeen FC)
Dante Polvara certainly has had a busy 24 hours.
On Friday night, the Georgetown University midfielder was awarded the MAC Hermann Trophy as the best men’s soccer player in the country.
On Saturday, the one-time New York City FC Academy player signed a contract with the Aberdeen Football Club in Scotland. The deal is for 2 1/2 years and subject to the 21-year-old Polvara securing a visa.
“Dante is a fantastic emerging talent,” Stephen Glass said in a statement, adding that Polvara followed in the footsteps of Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Joe Scally.
“He is coming to us at a good age and whilst he could have opted to take the next step in his career in the MLS, we’re delighted he has decided to come to Pittodrie and we look forward to working with Dante to continue his development.
“As a club we’ve been clear in our ambition to be the best developer of talent and we’re committed to creating a pathway for promising young players to our first team. We look forward to seeing Dante progress over the next couple of years.
Polvara, who lives in Pleasantville, N.Y., said that when he heard about Aberdeen’s interest he spoke with Hoyas head coach Brian Wiese, Glass and American Christian Ramirez, an Aberdeen forward, about the opportunity.
“It was clear the club has a rich footballing history,” Polvara said in a statement. “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 fulfil their potential.
“I can’t wait to get started and meet my new teammates and the Red Army.”
Aberdeen (8-9-3, 27 points) is in sixth place in the 12-team Scottish Premiership.
It’s next match is at home against first-place Rangers on Tuesday, Jan. 18.