Islanders Sign PDL Standout Nate Jafta
The City Islanders are excited to welcome midfielder Nate Jafta to their roster. A native of Pampierstad, South Africa, Jafta comes to the island after playing for Lindsey Wilson College and the Michigan Bucks of the Premier Development League (PDL).
The skilled playmaker starred for the Bucks from 2006 to 2009, playing in 49 games tallying 15 goals and 35 assists. Jafta led the league in assists in 2006 (11) and finishing second in 2007 (10). Jafta was a PDL Top Eleven selection for three straight years from 2006 to 2008 - a notable accomplishment in a 67-team league with over 1,600 players.
The 26-year-old led the Mid-Southern Conference in goals per game (1.05) and assists per game (.57) as a junior at Lindsey Wilson, earning NAIA First Team All-American accolades.
At Lindsey Wilson and with the Bucks, Jafta played with former City Islander Tiyi Shipalane, the 2009 USL-2 Rookie of the Year and a First Team All-League pick who was acquired by D.C. United this offseason.
"Nate has had a lot of success in college and in the PDL. We expect him to come in and be a big part of our attack," said Head Coach Bill Becher.
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