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Ghana’s Abu Danladi ready to work hard for MLS expansion side Minnesota Utd


Ghana’s young striker Abu Danladi has assured his new club Minnesota United of hard work as Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs commence pre-season for the 2016 season.

Danladi, a product of Right to Dream Academy (RtD) in Ghana was selected by MLS’s expansion side Minnesota United as the first overall pick of the 2017 SuperDraft.

And after spending a couple weeks savoring the honor, the young striker has embraced reality as he begins preparations to kick-start his professional career come this March.

In a short statement on his Instagram page, the young Ghanaian was full of gratitude to his new club and all those who contributed in his journey so far.

“It’s been crazy these past two weeks but finally just wanted to take this time to say a big thank you to all the people who helped me get to where I am today. My family back home (Ghana) and family here (United States).

“Thank you to RtD, Dunn School, Santa Barbara Soccer Club and to UCLA, the coaching staff and the university for giving me this opportunity to get the education.

His last words were full of assurance to Minnesota United who reposed confidence in him by making him the first overall pick of the 2017 SuperDraft.

“Lastly, thanks to Minnesota United for this opportunity and can't wait to get started. Let the hard work begin!”.

Danladi, 21, was born in Takoradi, Ghana. He moved to the United States in 2011 as a product of the Right to Dream Academy – a program that helps talented children from West Africa fulfill their potential by providing educational and athletic opportunities. He attended Dunn High School, winning the 2013-14 Gatorade National Player of the Year award before committing to UCLA.
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