Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Player Profile: Jordan Kalk

Detroit City FC is employing an interesting route to release the 2016 season roster by taking to social media to inform its supporters of roster spots. 

Le Rouge started out the reveal a few weeks ago by releasing a couple names of returners to the squad on Twitter, but quietly made known a full list of returners on the club website. 

Among returners announced by DCFC are Alex Isaevski, Tyler Channell, Seb Harris, TJ Stephans, Troy Watson, Zach Schewee, Jeff Adkins, Dave Edwardson, Matt Ybarra, Wade Allan and Cyrus Saydee.

These NPSL experienced players have been strong in the squad for a few years and look to continue leadership throughout the upcoming season. 

But finally, the Detroit City FC brass decided to start rolling out the rest of the non-returning roster this week. 

Supporters all around Detroit have been waiting and on March 28, City fans got what they wanted.

On Monday, the club announced its first newcomer to the Le Rouge fold, in the form of forward Jordan Kalk. 

"I played with Saginaw Valley against DCFC in a friendly last year and I realized it (the environment that the Northern Guard Supporters and fans create)," the forward said. "It's an amazing experience to be apart of. 

"The fans were a big part of the decision to come to DCFC." 

Kalk hails from Ontario, but is currently in his third year within the Saginaw Valley State University soccer program where he has excelled leading the line up-front for the Cardinals. 

The forward brings a natural goal-scoring threat to the DCFC strike force, having scored 37 collegiate goals in a span of 58 games played. 

"I think that my speed and ability to get in behind defenders is important," Kalk said about his goal scoring threat. "Finding ways to get myself in goal scoring opportunities makes me dangerous to any opponent." 

And dangerous in goal-scoring opportunities he is, but he should also make defenders worry when he's anywhere near goal because of his presence in the attacking third. 

Kalk isn’t scared to fire on net either, taking an effort on goal 185 times, while hitting the goal 102 times in his career. Kalk has scored five career game deciding goals for SVSU.

Unsurprisingly, Kalk led his secondary school team in goals for all four of his years at Bill Crotthers Secondary in Richmond Hill. 

The Le Rouge scoring threat has also had the honor of representing Canada in numerous tournaments including the Pan-Am Games in Brazil in 2011. The new "boy in Rouge" will be looking to secure a spot on the Maccabi Games roster for 2017 by impressing in his time with DCFC, which made his decision to play in Detroit easier.

"The level of talent at DCFC lured me in," Kalk said. "Playing with those good players will make me continue to improve my own game."

In 2016, Kalk looks to etch his name into City supporters minds by doing what he does best, scoring goals. 

*Video courtesy of Cale Wassermann
**Photo courtesy of Saginaw Valley University soccer and Detroit City FC

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