HOW ACQUIRED: Selected No. 1 overall by Minnesota United in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
Danladi left collegiate soccer power UCLA after his junior season, signing a Generation adidas deal with MLS and becoming eligible for the 2017 SuperDraft. With his first season, in which he finished second in Rookie of the Year voting, now under his belt, he should be ready to take an already impressive set of skills up a notch in 2018.
COLLEGE: Danladi racked up an impressive list of accolades at UCLA (2014-2016), including a handful of Freshman of the Year awards, Pac-12 All-Conference teams, and he was in the running for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Despite missing the early part of the 2016 season with injury, Danladi led the Bruins with seven goals to bring his NCAA career total to 18.
PERSONAL: Danladi graduated from the Right to Dream program in Ghana, which has launched the collegiate and MLS careers of several players. He played for the Santa Barbara Strikers in California and was the 2013-14 Gatorade National Player of the Year while at Dunn High School.