May 29, 2014
NC State men's soccer talent continues to impress across the professional ranks this summer. Alex Martinez, Nazmi Albadawi, and Danny DiPrima are a trio of 2013 Wolfpackers that have already found their footing at the next level...
Alex Martinez, M, #23, Sporting KC
Drafted in the third round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, Martinez saw action in seven of Sporting Kansas City's 10 preseason matches, contributing three assists.
As the regular season began, Martinez had to wait for his opportunity, but he's rapidly making the most of it. Used as a sub in five of KC's first 11 matches, Martinez made his first start on May 23 in a 2-2 tie with Toronto, playing 85 minutes. Martinez returned to a starting role for the next match, a 1-1 draw on May 27 against New York.
Nazmi Albadawi, M, #5, Carolina Railhawks
Albadawi signed with the NASL's Carolina Railhawks following his senior year, and appeared in four contests as a sub to start his professional career.
Albadawi made his first start in the Railhawks' 0-0 draw at league-leading Minnesota United FC. All told, Albadawi has seen 126 minutes of action through five appearances, steadily increasing his time on the field.
Albadawi was named Man of the Match for scoring the first and game-winning goal of the Railhawks' 2-0 win over the Charlotte Eagles in the U.S. Open Cup.
Danny DiPrima, M, #14, Harrisburg City Islanders
DiPrima signed a professional contract with the USL Pro's Harrisburg City Islanders, near his hometown of Dillsburg, Pa. DiPrima has played in a pair of contests on the Islander's league schedule, and recently scored a goal in the ongoing US Open Cup.
Officially known as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the tournament is the oldest ongoing competition in American soccer, featuring squads from the USL, PDL, USL Pro, and NASL.