New Loudoun United FC signing Nicky Downs made 37 appearances for Hartford Athletic over the past two seasons in the USL Championship. | Photo courtesy Hartford Athletic
LEESBURG, Va. – Loudoun United FC announced on Friday it had signed midfielder Nicky Downs and goalkeeper Noah Abrams ahead of the 2021 USL Championship regular season. The signings are pending league and federation approval.
Downs played collegiately at Yale University from 2015 to 2018. The midfielder scored nine goals and recorded 15 assists in 65 appearances with the team. Downs joined the professional ranks with Hartford Athletic ahead of the 2019 USL Championship season. In his two-year stint with the club, Downs made 37 appearances across all competitions.
“Nicky is someone I have been following from his time at Yale. A very technically gifted midfielder who can read the game at a very high level and has a great range of passing,” said Loudoun Head Coach Ryan Martin. “His ambition and desire to improve on a daily basis fits the mindset of our group and I couldn’t be more excited to add him to the group.”
Abrams grew up in Sheffield, Massachusetts where he played three years at the Berkshire School, the No. 2-ranked preparatory school team in the country at the time. From 2017-2019, the 23-year-old played collegiate soccer at Northeastern University where he appeared in 20 matches in his three years with the team. Abrams recorded 59 saves and kept one clean sheet during his career with Northeastern.
“Noah is a good young goalkeeper who recently was playing professionally in Israel and trained with us last year,” said Martin. “He is very competitive and has a great mentality. He is a good shot stopper who we think will benefit from working with our goalkeeper coach, Juan Pablo. He will add to the depth and quality to our goalkeeper group and we are excited to have him join us.”