January 29, 2017
MEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
BigAppleSoccer.com honors Hofstra's Holland
Hofstra University senior midfielder Joseph Holland Sunday was named the BigAppleSoccer.com men's college player of the year.
|Joseph Holland is fighting for a roster position with the Houston Dynamo.
Photo by Michael Lewis
Holland's honor climaxed a memorable month for the Englishman as he was a standout at the Major League Soccer combine and was the 10th overall pick by the Houston Dynamo at the MLS SuperDraft Jan. 13.
He became the first member of the Pride to be selected in the SuperDraft and the second to be taken into MLS after Gary Flood was picked in the supplemental draft in 2007.
Holland spent the week at the MLS combine, helping Team Tango go 2-0-1 in Combine competition. The London, England native started all three matches for Team Tango and played 202 minutes.
Throughout his Hofstra career, Holland amassed a long list of honors, including Colonial Athletic Association player of the year and second-team National Soccer Coaches Association All-American in 2015. The midfielder is also a three-time All-CAA first-team selection, a two-time NSCAA all-region pick and the 2012 CAA Rookie of the Year.
In 79 games for the Pride, Holland amassed 19 goals and 28 assists for 66 points, helping lead Hofstra to back-to-back CAA regular season titles in 2015 and 2016 and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015.
Holland admitted he was not did not exactly where Hofstra was located (it's in Hempstead, N.Y.).
"I had no idea where I was going," he said. "I had no idea where Hofstra really was. There was this idea in England that Washington, D.C. was not in Washington state and New York City was not in New York state. I wasn't sure what state I was going to. Actually, when I first arrived, I missed home a lot. But over the last four years I have grown to love this place so much that I want to stay here. Going to Houston is going to be really difficult because I love Long Island so much. I really want to come back to New York in the future and make a life here at some point."