ACQUIRED: Selected first overall by MNUFC in 2017 MLS SuperDraft
Danladi was selected No. 1 overall by MNUFC in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft following a highly successful career at UCLA, where he racked up a handful of Freshman of the Year awards and Pac-12 All-Conference Teams and was in the running for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
He had a sensational debut season with the Loons, tallying eight goals –– including four match-winners –– and three assists in 27 appearances (15 starts) and finishing second in MLS Rookie of the Year voting. Additionally, Danladi made the MLS Team of the Week in Week 25 and 31 of the 2017 campaign, scoring both goals in the 2-1 win at Chicago Fire (the Loons' first such result on the road) and the opener in the 3-2 victory at Atlanta United among other impressive performances. His winner in the 3-2 result at Montreal Impact was in the running for AT&T 2017 MLS Goal of the Year.
Before college, Danladi attended Dunn High School in Los Olivos, California, where he was named Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year in 2013–14. He competed for Santa Barbara Soccer Club, leading the team to a No. 6 national ranking, and also served as a guest player for the South Coast Strikers. Danladi graduated from Ghana’s Right to Dream Academy.
2017: Made MLS debut on March 18 at COL, came on as a second-half substitute ... Made first start on May 7 vs SKC. He recorded his first goal and first assist in MLS ... Recorded his second assist of the year on May 13 at TOR ... Subbed off due to injury against LA Galaxy on May 21 ... Missed May 27 and June 3 matches due to injury ... Scored his second goal of the season in 3-2 win over POR on June 21. Ejected from match with a red card for violent conduct ... Subbed off due to injury on July 4 vs CLB ... Missed July 19 vs HOU due to injury ... Scored third goal of the season on July 29 vs DC ... Scored fourth and fifth goals of the season on August 26 at CHI ... Scored sixth goal on September 16 at MTL ... Scored seventh goal on September 23 vs FCD ... Scored eighth goal of the year on October 3 at ATL ... Provided his third assist of the year on October 7 vs SKC