Springfield Demize soccer player Ben Griffiths has signed a professional contract with Iceland’s UMF Tindastóll this week. Griffiths just concluded his first season playing with the Demize, a member of the United Soccer Leagues’ Professional Development League (USL PDL). Griffiths was tied for the team lead with 11 matches played and was one of only three field players to log over 800 minutes on the season.
UMF Tindastóll signs starting defender Ben Griffiths
SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Demize soccer player Ben Griffiths has signed a professional contract with Iceland’s UMF Tindastóll this week. Griffiths just concluded his first season playing with the Demize, a member of the United Soccer Leagues’ Professional Development League (USL PDL).
“It is unbelievable news,” explained Griffiths. “It happened so quickly.”
Griffiths found out about the signing on Tuesday, will be arriving in Sauðárkrókur on Thursday, and expects to be playing in Saturday’s game.
“That’s the whole reason why I came over to America,” said Griffiths who moved to the United States in 2009 after playing for Colchester United in his home nation of England. Griffiths played collegiately at Missouri State. The defender was named captain his senior season and was recognized with a selection to the all-MVC honorable mention squad. After graduation, Griffiths decided focus on soccer full time.
“He was always a great technical player for us and as the season progressed, he became an attacking threat.” said Demize assistant coach Armen Tonianse. “It’s always a goal of ours to make sure these guys get exposure and move onto the next level. Ben has tremendous character and is always positive and encouraging. We wish him the best and hope that he can use some of the tools he has gained from our organization going forward.”
Griffiths says that playing in the United States has really benefited him both as a player and as a person.
“I’ve learned a lot in my time in America. I’ve grown a lot defensively. I’ve learned a lot about myself as a player and how I can help the team,” said Griffiths.
UMF Tindastóll, a member of Iceland’s second tier league 1. deild karla, is currently in its transfer window in the middle of the season and able to add players to its roster.
“I’ve never been (to Iceland), but I heard it is a very beautiful place,” said Griffiths. “It is a fantastic opportunity and I am really appreciative. I am just going to work hard to continue to get better.”