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Like father, like son for Lowe
by Paul Kennedy, January 14th, 2014 10:31PM

TAGS:  college men, mls


[MLS ROOKIE CLASS: Ten to Watch] MLS is old enough now that sons are following their fathers in the league. One of the seven 2014 Generation adidas signings is Damion Lowe, son of former Jamaican international Onandi Lowe.

MLS Rookie Class: Ten to Watch
1. Jordan Allen (Univ. of Virginia-signed with Real Salt Lake)
Read his story. Follow @jayalllen.
2. Steve Birnbaum (Univ. of California)
Read his story. Follow @StevenBirnbaum
3. Marlon Hairston (Univ. of Louisville)
Read his story. Follow @MARLYG10
4. Christian Dean (Univ. of California)
Read his story. Follow @christiandean22
5. Pedro Ribeiro (Coastal Carolina Univ.)
Read his story. Follow @pedronalribeiro
6. Andre Blake (Univ. of Connecticut)
Read his story.
7. Patrick Mullins (Univ. of Maryland)
Read his story. Follow @p_mullins_7
8. Schillo Tshuma (Univ. of Maryland)
Read his story.
9. Harrison Shipp
(Notre Dame Univ.-signed with Chicago)
Read his story.
Follow @championShipp11
10. Onandi Lowe
(Univ. of Hartford)
Follow @BallaNana

Like his father, Damion is a giant at 6-foot-4. He is a penciled in as a center back by MLS clubs looking at him, but like his father he can be an attacking threat.

Onandi Lowe, who played for Kansas City in 2001 and for several teams in the old USL First Division, scored 27 goals for Jamaica but often played as a center back. Damion was moved to center back as a fill-in when he was 14, and the position stuck. His coach figured if Damion's father could play the position so could he.

"I prefer center back," Damion told the Jamaica Observer, "because it is my strongest point and I see the game more and if I make a mistake I can recover."

Lowe played at Camperdown High School and for Harbour View in Jamaica before coming to the United States to play at the University of Hartford and Reading United, one of the top feeder clubs in the PDL.

A preseason injury set Lowe back in his freshman season with Hartford but he recovered to be a key player for the Hawks. In 2013, he led them to a 13-win season and second America East Tournament final appearance in three years.

"Damion came in during my first year at Hartford and was a major factor in turning our program around," Hartford coach Tom Poitras said after Lowe signed a GA contract. "He is a hard-working, tough leader who will make a name for himself at the next level. I am confident that Damion will be a great professional and will continue to work hard to have a long, successful career."

Damion's advice from his father?

"Play simple," he told the Observer. "And if you get a chance to go up for corners, make use of it."

MLS Fathers & Sons (2013)
Teal Bunbury (Sporting KC)
father: Alex Bunbury (Kansas City, 1999-2000)
Jose Valencia (Portland)
father: Adolfo Valencia (MetroStars, 2000-01)
Konrad Warzycha (Columbus)
father: Robert Warzycha (Columbus, 1996-2002)

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