Saturday, November 7, 2015
As a devoted fan of D.C. United, I am quite excited to watch them battle for victory in the 2015 MLS playoff semi-finals this November 8. Amongst those who will be on the field in this crucial match will be one Nick Deleon. Born in Phoenix, Arizona to Kristy Deleon and former Trinidadian international player Leroy Deleon, the midfielder started honing his soccer chops in high school then spent his freshman and sophomore years at UNLV. Upon transferring to the University of Louisville, Deleon started all games and racked up 8 goals with 3 assists in his junior year. His senior year proved impressive as well, as he again started every game of the season with 6 goals and 6 assists. Post-college, he was drafted by MLS as a 7th-round pick and began his professional career with the black-and-red in the 2012 season in a match against the L.A. Galaxy, earning a Goal of the Week. In that year's Eastern Conference semi-finals, he scored the winning goal against the NY Red Bulls. In his career with United, he has developed into a force to be reckoned with and as we face our arch-rivals this Sunday with beers in hand and our voices ready to shout in support, Kristy and Leroy Deleon's son and his teammates will fight on our behalf and bring us closer to one more star. Vamos United !