Midfielder Evans Frimpong joined the Rowdies on May 2 of last year as a rookie who had little playing experience at a professional level. Frimpong looked promising in the matches he played, with speed and agility that stood out on the field.
“In my rookie season, it was tough for me to adapt to the rhythm of the club,” stated Frimpong. “As the season went on, I was able to understand my teammates and show off my style of play. It is great to have midfielders like Stuart and Keith on this squad, as they constantly teach you new things that help you develop as a player.”
The midfielder is originally from Accra, Ghana, but he arrived to the United States to continue his college career at the University of Delaware. His abilities at the collegiate level caught the attention of Major League Soccer, becoming the first Blue Hen player to be selected in the MLS Draft.
In the 2012 season, the 23-year- old played in 14 matches including six starts. Frimpong’s regular season was not what caught the attention of Head Coach Ricky Hill, rather it was his post season performances that stood out.
“Evans is great to have on the squad,” commented Hill. “His speed and agility is what really makes him dangerous, offering great attacking talent to this Rowdies team. He always gives it his all at practice and on gameday, evolving greatly since his arrival to the club.”
Perhaps his most memorable match was the first leg of the NASL Semifinal against Carolina on October 6, 2012. Frimpong came on in the second half to set up forward Daniel Antoniuk for the game-winning goal, which proved to be crucial for the Rowdies trip to the NASL Soccer Bowl Finals.
“This year, I’m looking forward to helping the team in any way possible,” said Frimpong. “I need to work on my finishing, as scoring goals will lead to wins. We want to defend our championship this year and if we all fulfill our role on this team, that championship will come.”
Frimpong is coming off a strong match against Orlando City, where he looked sharp on the right flank. The midfielder looks to be more confident this season, where he hopes he can demonstrate his abilities when he gets a chance to jump onto the pitch.
The reigning NASL Soccer Bowl Champions will start the 2013 NASL Spring Season by hosting the Carolina RailHawks in its 2013 home opener on Saturday, April 6 at Al Lang Stadium. For information on 2013 season tickets or individual tickets contact the front office at 813-287-1539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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