Eritrean-American Soccer Star from University of Akron makes a great Professional debut in the NPSL.

Eri-internationalsports.org is proud to share the signing of Eritrean-American star forward and University of Akron alumni Ezana Kahsay in the National Professional Soccer league. Ezana signed with the Virginia Beach City FC of the NPSL for the 2019 season that started in the month of May and ended last week.  Ezana finished his college career at the University of Akron by playing in three (3) NCAA Division 1 “Final Four” tournaments. He played a major role for the Zips since his freshman year as a forward/Midfielder. Ezana’s final season at Akron in 2018 proved that he has a lot of potential to play at the highest ranks of professional soccer. His accolades include being chosen twice by TopDrawerSoccer to its National Team of the Week. He was also named to the MAC All-Tournament Team. Even with Akron’s crowded squad of excellent players, Ezana stood out on and off the field as a great student athlete.



Ezana jumps high for the score vs FC Baltimore.

Ezana made his debut for VB City against FC Baltimore on May 12th, 2019 and he kicked off the scoring in the first minute, just 13 seconds in, which is the quickest goal in VB City FC history. Ezana played extremely well in his first game for the VB City FC in difficult weather conditions and proved his worth as a great team player. A week later on May 19th, 2019,  VB City FC knocked off the Charlottesville Alliance FC 2-0 to earn their first win of the season. Ezana once again scored in the 40th minute and earned Man of the Match honors in just his second game of the season.


In the third friendly between Virginia Beach City FC and MLS club DC United, the two clubs played to an exciting 1-1 draw and Ezana showed many flashes of brilliance throughout. Ezana was very excited about getting the opportunity to play against an MLS team and when asked about his future, he had this to say about his brilliant season as a member of VB City FC:

“Playing here has been a great match for me as it is the right step in the right direction towards a good career path…I enjoy the coaching here at VBCFC. its a good fit for me as I pursue my dreams of playing in a bigger league.”



On June 2nd in the NPSL National Game of the Week against FC Frederick, Ezana added two (2) goals in a five-minute span late in the 74th and 78th minutes, doubling the Virginia Beach City FC lead to 4-0. He ended the season on a high note as he scored in every VB City FC's NPSL contests except 1 game. Ezana dazzled fans with his striking ability this season, scoring seven goals. His seven scores are tied for third place in the entire NPSL Northeast region. Kahsay's seven goals also lead the Mid-Atlantic Conference. He is clearly on his way to becoming an outstanding professional player. Ezana also scored a beautiful goal in the second friendly game against DC United.

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