All year long, we will be bringing you up close to members of the Tampa Bay Rowdies team.
In this installment of Get to Know the Rowdies, we feature forward/midfielder Evans Frimpong, who is in his first season with Tampa Bay. This season, Frimpong has played in two games for the Rowdies after joining the club on May 2, 2012.
Frimpong, who hails from Accra, Ghana, was selected by the Chicago Fire in the first round with the ninth overall pick of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft. Frimpong finished his college career at the University of Delaware and became the first Blue Hen player to be selected in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Draft.
Last season, Frimpong helped lead Delaware to a 13-6-4 record, a first-ever Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, where the Hens knocked off Virginia in the first round for their first-ever NCAA victory.
Among the honors Frimpong received last season were second-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American, first team NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region, Herrmann Trophy (National Player of the Year) final 15 semifinalist, CAA Player of the Year and ECAC All-East first team. He ranked among the CAA leaders in scoring, tallying 29 points on 12 goals and five assists in 2011. Overall, he tallied 15 goals during his two-year career with the Blue Hens.
Do you have any gameday superstitions or traditions?
Read my Bible and say my prayers before stepping on the field.
Growing up what soccer team did you support?
All-time favorite soccer player
If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah - he helped make Ghana the first African country to gain independence.
Most memorable soccer moment
When my college won our conference tournament
Favorite Vacation Spot
Ocean City, New Jersey
What has been the most memorable moment of your life thus far and why?
Winning CAA Best Player of the Year because it was the first time a player from my school won it
Three words to describe you
Outgoing, Humble, Friendly
Do you play soccer to honor anyone in your life?
Yes, for my grandfather, who taught me how to play the game when I was little. He is still my coach off the field.
Who is your hero?
My mom - she is just the best mom.
Gatorade or Powerade: Gatorade
X-Box or PlayStation: X-Box
Red Bull or Monster: Red Bull
Cats or Dogs: Dogs
Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate