Day two of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention came to a close early on Friday at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Cal South continued hosting the thousands of coaches in attendance for this event. The convention will be open to the public on Saturday, January 14 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
As part of Friday’s festivities, Cal South continued to have special giveaways for attendees, including the Cal South coaches practice planners, tournament guides, and portable mobile chargers provided by the SilverLakes Sports Complex. Cal South also held raffles, giving away a signed Alex Morgan Nike jersey on Friday, as well as player cards provided by Topps.
At noon, all eyes were set on the annual Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft that took place steps from Cal South’s booth at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A little over a dozen of former Cal South players were available for selection during the draft.
Cal South didn’t have to wait long to hear a familiar name as Santa Barbara SC alumni Abu Danladi was selected as the number one overall pick and will now be heading to fight for a spot in the Expansion Club side Minnesota United‘s First Team. Danladi, who was part of coach Rudy Ybarra’s US Youth Soccer National Championship team in 2014, was excited about his selection, thanking his family back home in Ghana, his host family in the US, and of course, his former coach.
“It’s just great that I get this opportunity because back home, kids will know that playing in youth teams is the way to build you to get to this level,” Danladi said after his draft selection. “I hope it’s a motivation for everybody and I just wanted to say thank you to Santa Barbara SC because they’ve given me a lot.”
Former Ventura County Fusion player Nick DePuy was also selected in the SuperDraft, with Montreal using their 19th overall pick to select the Irvine native. The excitement and joy to fulfill a lifelong dream and to see the fruit of all his hard work pay off was the icing on the cake and just what he had hoped for.
“It was a great feeling, all my dreams came true when I heard those words,” DePuy said after his selection. “I had a great meeting with the Impact and connected with all the coaches and I’m really excited for the next coming weeks to be part of the team and hopefully I can bring a championship to Montreal.”
Cal South will provide more coverage from the NSCAA Convention. If you plan on coming down to the convention, stop by Booth #911 to grab your Cal South goodies and enter to win prizes!