2018 Kaw Valley FC striker Eric McWoods has become the second Crane to sign a professional contract, inking with JK Narva Trans in the top professional league in Estonia. The St. Louis native had a standout season for KVFC, scoring four goals across all competitions - including both goals in a key 2-1 victory over the Thunder Bay Chill on June 15th.
"We are absolutely thrilled for Eric," KVFC President and General Manager Marcus Dudley said. "He was a key leader for the squad this summer and we know he will be very successful in his professional career. JK Narva Trans is getting a standout player with extremely high character and we cannot wait to see him score his first professional goal."
McWoods played collegiately at both Xavier and UMKC, the latter under 2018 KVFC head coach Istvan Urbanyi. During his senior season, McWoods lead the Roos in goals with 11 - the third most ever scored in a regular season for UMKC. During the 2018 PDL season, he was fourth on the team in minutes played and second in goals for the Cranes.
"Playing for Kaw Valley FC over the summer really helped me stay sharp and fit when I was going into professional trials," McWoods said. "The whole organization did a tremendous job of helping me stay playing at a very high level to prepare me for this opportunity."
Following 2018 goalkeeper Santiago Restrepo, McWoods is the second 2018 alum to sign a professional contract. The 2019 Kaw Valley FC season will begin in May, keep following for new information as the season draws closer.
2018 alum Eric McWoods after signing his first professional contract