How time flies on the mainland…
This is Dan Kelly. It has been more than two years since I left the rock, and during my time away, a lot has happened. I have played two seasons of soccer at an NAIA school, was recruited by a Premier Development League, and was hired as the head goalkeeping coach for the largest youth soccer club in California. Needless to say, there has been a lot going on in my life, but not enough to keep me from keeping an eye on my old team.
My time at Cal Baptist was one I won’t soon forget. Although I didn’t get a lot of playing time, I met some great guys — ones that I will remain close with for the rest of my life. My playing experience has not come to an end, not by any means. I am still playing and I’m still training harder then I have ever trained in the past. The road to becoming a pro will be a hard and long one, but it’s one I will enjoy. Just like I said when I left Hawaii, I liked playing football but I love to play soccer, and I love to coach and just about anything else that has to do with the sport.
As for my Premier Development League team, they are called, Ventura County Fusion. The team is an “AAA” (so to speak) team for the MLS. It’s a long drive for training (4 hours each way) for two sessions a week, plus a game on the weekends. From time to time, EPL teams come to the US and set up friendly games as a pre-season warm-up, and that is some of the best exposure I can get.
It brought a smile to my face seeing my old teammates, Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares, getting drafted. During my time in the old black and green, only a few players have stayed in my mind as friends. Although, I can’t really say we talk too often, I can’t think of two kids that worked harder to get their selves to where they are now. I wish nothing but the best for those two because they have truly earned it.
I’m not sure what else there is to update, but feel free to ask any questions and I’ll always find the time to answer anything that is coming from a Warrior faithful.