MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010
Ramak Niakan Safi signs contract with NASL’s Carolina Railhawks
Another JU men’s soccer player will be hitting the professional ranks as former midfielder Ramak Niakan Safi signed a contract to play with the Carolina Railhawks of the North American Soccer League for the 2010 season.
Niakan Safi, who helped the Dolphins to their 2007 and 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference titles, was granted an open tryout by the Railhawks which earned him an invite to training camp before making the team.
Niakan Safi is the fourth player from the 2008 squad to sign a professional contract – joining Kristian Lassen, Nurdin Hrustic and Tony Taylor. He is the sixth overall player under head coach Mike Johnson’s tenure to receive a pro contract.
“This is a great opportunity for Remmy,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “He had a great last season so we are happy that he will get this chance at the next level. We wish them the best of luck and hopefully we will get a chance to see him play live this summer.”
As a senior in 2008, Niakan Safi led the Dolphins in goals (10), game-winning goals (6) and points (22). He had six of his 10 goals in the final six games, which earned him first team all-conference honors.
Niakan Safi added two goals in the A-Sun Championship, including the game-winning score in the 89th minute, to help the Dolphins rally from a two-goal deficit for a 4-3 win over Campbell and secure a NCAA Tournament berth. For his efforts, he earned Tournament MVP and College Soccer News “National Team of the Week” honors.
The Jacksonville, Fla. native, also scored the first goal in the Dolphins’ 4-3 overtime win at Louisville in the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 21.
Niakan Safi added another honor at the end of the season when he, along with Stefan Runeman, earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas (NSCAA) All-South third team honors.
For his career, Niakan Safi finished with 15 goals, eight assists, 16 points and nine game-winning goals in 49 matches in three seasons.
2009 MEN'S SOCCER