Slooves Becomes Third Sailfish To Ink Pro Deal in 2017
May 24, 2017
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Former Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer standout Neil Slooves has signed on to play professionally in Iceland, joining UMF Tindastóll of Icelandic Second Division. Slooves becomes the third member of the 2016 PBA men’s soccer team to ink professional deals.
During his time at PBA the 6-3 defender played in 66 matches with 61 starts. He was a mainstay on the back line during his final three years as the Sailfish ascended to the upper echelon of the South Region. In 2015 the Sailfish won the program’s first NCAA South Region Title and advanced to the Elite Eight. In 2016 the ‘Fish advanced to the region championship match again, falling to Tampa 3-2.
“My experience at PBA has helped me to prepare for a professional environment with the full time nature of the soccer program and dedication that is required when being a member of the soccer team at PBA, both on and off the field,” Slooves said. “Now I'm just trying to take my game to a new level and to keep improving my game even further. PBA has given me the platform to do this.”
He was named to the Sunshine State Conference All-Tournament team in 2016 as the Sailfish competed in their first tournament in the SSC. He was also named to the NCCAA All-Region team in 2014 as the ‘Fish advanced to the NCCAA semi-final match. As a center back Slooves scored four goals in his career including three as a sophomore in 2014. He added his lone career assist in 2015.
The UMF Tindastóll side will play a total of 22 league matches during the season with 11 at home and 11 on the road. The league started play earlier this month with Slooves already participating in one match for Tindastóll who is 0-1-2 on the season. League play runs through September with the top two teams in the league earning promotion and the bottom two teams being relegated.
Slooves plays alongside former PBA men’s soccer player Kenny Hogg with Tindastóll and is the third player from the 2016 team to sign a pro deal. Lucas Coutinho signed with the New York Cosmos and Michael O’Sullivan signed on with the Jacksonville Armada FC, both teams are in the NASL.