LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington Sporting Club is thrilled to announce the signing of 21-year-old Drew Patterson to the United Soccer League (USL) League One roster, pending federation and league approval.
The multi-faceted Cranford, N.J., native has been making waves in various positions throughout his impressive career, featuring primarily as a center forward while also playing as a winger.
The highlight of his youth was when he joined the ranks of Nomads Academy, a member league of the US Soccer Development Academy in San Diego.
Upon his return to New Jersey for high school, Patterson set himself apart as a two-year letter winner. During his senior year, he was named to All-New Jersey and All-Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference teams after scoring 13 goals and adding seven assists. In the off-season, he competed at the local club level and assisted his program to four successive New Jersey State Cup finals.
After a single season with Marist College in New York, Patterson moved across the country to join the NCAA Division I California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). While at Cal Poly, the 6-3 forward recorded an impressive 1,386 minutes played with two goals and three assists added to his stat sheet.
“It means a lot to be a part of the club’s history in this way,” Patterson said. “I’m grateful for the coaching staff’s belief in me and I’m excited to show the amazing city of Lexington what we can do together.”
Patterson is ready to showcase his talent at the USL League One level. His primary objectives are, “to score a lot of important goals and create opportunities for my teammates in every game.”
“Drew has a real eye for the goal and is a very technical player,” said Sam Stockley, LSC’s head coach. “He’s a true force in the box on both ends of pitch due to his height. He possesses great pace and can press from the front very well. We’re simply excited to see him develop as a person and player here in Lexington.”
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Lexington begins the USL League One season March 18 at One Knox SC, and will welcome Forward Madison FC for the home opener April 8. The full schedule can be found here.
About Lexington Sporting Club
Lexington Sporting Club is a U.S. Soccer professional soccer club competing in USL League One (U.S. Soccer Third Division Men’s Professional Soccer League). Launching its inaugural professional season in 2023, the professional team is the pinnacle of the soccer eco-system in Lexington and features more than 1,400 players within its youth and academy systems, a pre-professional women’s team beginning in 2023 in the USL W League and is in the process of building the club’s formal stadium, performance center and training fields.