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Ex-Barcelona youth Cruyff joins Dayton Dutch Lions

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The Dayton Dutch Lions FC (USL PRO) is proud to announce the signing of Jesjua Andrea Angoy Cruyff, the grandson of international soccer legend Johan Cruyff.

"Jesjua is a very talented player that will fit our style of play perfectly," Dutch Lions head coach Sid van Druenen remarked.

"He is a left-footed player that played in the youth academy of Barcelona in Spain and spent two years in England with Wigan, and so brings experience with him that not a lot of guys on our roster have. He will be another great addition to an already quality roster."

Despite being only 21 years old, Cruyff has already played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe. From 2008-2011, he played for FC Barcelona's youth academy, which is widely regarded as one of the top developmental programs in the world. Barca's academy has produced the likes of Carlos Puyol, Xavi Hernandez, Pep Guardiola, Victor Valdes, and of course Lionel Messi.

Cruyff would eventually join English side Wigan Athletic, playing for their reserve team from 2011-2013. His most recent stop was with Lausanne Sport in Switzerland's Super League.

"I'm excited to see what the level of football (soccer) is in the U.S.," Cruyff added. "My expectations are to earn a spot in the Dutch Lions starting eleven and do my best. I want to get to the highest level I can be."

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