Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Detroit City FC add former Sheffield United academy product Danny Deakin

Detroit City FC continued its trend of introducing new additions to its roster on Wednesday, this time with a big name.

Danny Deakin, current University of South Carolina star midfielder and former Sheffield United developmental player has been penned to don the Le Rouge shirt in the 2016 season. 

The announcement of Deakin's arrival has supporters in a frenzy and for good reason. 

As City coach Ben Pirmann said of Deakin via DCFC's official twitter: "He has an incredible pedigree at all levels."

And an incredible pedigree he has indeed.

The midfielder immediately stepped into the Gamecock's lineup upon transfer from Mercyhurst College last season and took the team by storm. Playing in an advanced midfield role, Deakin led South Carolina in both goals and points while helping the team earn a 6-2 record in the Southeastern Conference. 

The year before the Englishmen arrived in South Carolina, the Gamecocks had only won three conference meetings and had not qualified for the NCAA Tournament. 

Before having a breakout season with the Gamecocks, Deakin applied his trade for Mercyhurst in Pennsylvania. At Mercyhurst he scored 24 goals, while assisting on 23 in 45 games played. 

Deakin had game-deciding goals in seven games over the span of his two year stint in Pennsylvania. 

Last season, Deakin scored 11 goals and notched 24 total points for his school having played in every game. 

City fans will remember Deakin for his impressive free kick (shown in video) scored against Le Rouge in the 2013 NPSL season. 

The former Sheffield man looks to command the midfield and spark some offense for City in the upcoming season. Deakin's offensive ability should make for an explosive partnership in the attacking third with fellow newcomer, forward Jordan Kalk and returner Tyler Channell.

Deakin looks to add offense out of the midfield by connecting with Kalk and Channell in front of the City faithful. Channell and Kalk combined for 95 points for Saginaw Valley State University in its 2015 season. 

*Video courtesy of Danny Deakin
**Photo courtesy of Detroit City FC

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