A Philadelphia Union Academy grad who elected to pursue a professional career overseas instead of going the college soccer route has signed his first pro contract with a team in the Faroe Islands.
Darius Lewis, a Florida native who spent three seasons in the Philadelphia Union Academy, announced his signing with KÍ Klaksvík on Instagram on Monday.
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After training day in and day out on my own for the past 6 months; It’s time to begin my football career. I’m blessed to announce that I have signed ✍ my first professional contract with Kí Klaksvík in the Faroe Islands (Europe) Premier League; God has Never failed me and with percent trust in Him I believe this is the right club for me to establish myself as a footballer in European football. Without my family to encourage and push me everyday none of this would have been possible as well. Big thanks to @axsoccertours & @klaksvikaritrottarfelag for believing in my skill and ability. Really a dream come true. Can’t wait to get going! To God be the Glory. ☝ #GoinGlobal2019 ✈️ @realjohngray
Lewis had 21 goals over his three seasons playing for the Union at the U17 and U19 age groups after joining the academy from FC Florida in 2015. The Port St. Lucie, Florida native graduated from YSC Academy in 2018.
He’s the second academy grad to sign with a team in Europe over the past six months. Raheem Taylor-Parkes, who is also from Florida, left the University of Virginia to sign with third division Switzerland club FC Stade Lausanne-Ouchy in August.
KÍ Klaksvík competes in the Faroe Islands Premier League, which is the top division of football in the Faroe Islands. The club will compete in its third straight Europa League in 2019-20.