Naylor, Boise FC Cutthroats prepare for UPSL playoff game

July 13, 2017

Zak Naylor soccer

Zak Naylor

Zak Naylor of Anchorage is racking up meaningful minutes for a playoff team in the United Premier Soccer League.

The Boise FC Cutthroats have posted a 13-2-1 record with the 23-year-old Alaskan playing a pivotal position of central defensive midfielder.

There, he is able to showcase his two-way talent with deft ball control and quick feet on defense.

“I’ve really been working on the defensive side of my game,” he told me. “Tackles have gotten a lot better and aggressiveness is a lot higher than it used to be playing in the middle.”

Naylor, of South High fame, has played more than 1,300 minutes in the middle of the field this season.

The former Concordia playmaker has added four goals and three assists.

“We have our first playoff game coming up on Saturday at home,” Naylor said. “If we win that we go to the national quarterfinals in L.A. at the end of the month.”