Featured Athlete
Daniel Brown
Daniel Brown
Men's Soccer
February 15, 2016

A 5-10 junior from Newcastle, England, Daniel Brown has been playing competitive soccer back in the motherland from the young age of 9.

A huge deciding factor to bringing Brown in was the influence of having a British coach along with many British players who had gotten in contact with Brown to help pull him over the line. However, it was not just the athletic side that helped the decision to travel overseas.

"St. Ambrose has given me far more opportunity than athletics, the lifestyle and academic system have been of benefit to myself. I can not only vouch for myself but the other lads when saying that the experiences gained from being a part of the SAU soccer program have gone a lot further than just on the field," he states.

"In reference to the level of play in England and in college is mainly the level of fitness. The demand and way in which the fitness aspect is integrated with the game creates the need to be the next level of fit. Bigger, faster, stronger to be precise. There are a lot of players back home who certainly have the quality and skill level but could not meet the demands in the U.S."

Both Brown and his teammates are out of season currently and looking to build on an inconsistent season having finished 9-10-1 (6-5-1 in Conference), with Brown featuring in 19 and starting 11 of those games. Looking to bounce back after showing some great promise after gaining results against ranked Olivet Nazarene and receiving votes Purdue Calumet. Brown also helped the Bees triumph through their Conference Quarter-Final 2-1 OT win against Purdue Calumet by creating both goals in the game.

Brown had a strong season finishing second on points at SAU, with 8 assists (2nd in the CCAC in the assist category), yet Brown stressed his disappointment to not have made the scoresheet this season.

"Although it had been a successful season for myself, a little gutted I didn’t grab myself a goal. However on the bright side, we’ve only lost two seniors and with the right recruitment I feel not only will I be back better, but WE will be back stronger."