Menace interns Tyler Peeler and Jeremy Reinert will bring you a player spotlight each week during the 2012 season; this week features dynamic outside-mid Logan McDaniel.
Leading the way for the Menace with eight points coming from two goals and four assists, Logan McDaniel’s ability to run at defenders and serve a dangerous left-footer makes for one lethal midfielder.
Returning to the team after leading the team in goals (tied with five) and minutes played (1,344) in 2010, McDaniel is the 26th former Menace player to reach the ranks of Major League Soccer. In 10 of the last 11 years at least one Menace player has been picked up in the draft. After being selected by the Portland Timbers in the fourth round of the MLS Supplemental Draft, McDaniel’s return to the Menace means the tradition lives on.
Proud of his accomplishments, McDaniel credits his past coaches, including Menace head coach Laurie Calloway and assistant coach Neathan Gibson, for believing in and preparing him for the next level.
“Playing (in Des Moines) two summers ago helped a lot,” said McDaniel. “Laurie and Neathan have a lot of great connections.”
A career highlighted by a run at the pros, McDaniel didn’t make it there overnight. Goal setting and chasing his dreams kept McDaniel focused along the way.
“Growing up during my youth I wanted to play Division I college soccer,” said McDaniel. “It’s always been a dream of mine.”
After graduating from Quartz Hill High School in Palmdale, Calif., McDaniel enrolled in Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Playing at the highest level of collegiate soccer McDaniel experienced success collecting six goals and 18 assists while playing for the Lions (2008-2011).
Named twice as an All-West Coast selection (2009 second team, 2011 honorable mention), the left-footed midfielder began molding new goals for himself.
“I was playing in England against West Ham United’s club team,” said McDaniel. “When the coach commented on my play I thought: maybe I could play professionally.”
On the Timbers’ radar in the Fall of 2011, McDaniel’s goal of reaching the next level was within reach.
“I was in class Monday morning watching the supplemental draft and saw my name got picked,” said McDaniel.
As his dreams started becoming more of a reality, McDaniel’s stubborn hamstring had its own agenda for his career.
After battling with the injury for most of his senior season with the Lions, McDaniel was dropped from the Timbers before their final cut. Joining the Menace again this summer, McDaniel’s focus on playing professionally has not been lost.
“I’m just now starting to get fit,” said McDaniel. “I’m just starting to get fit and strong again – it feels good.”
Name: Logan McDaniel
Hometown: Palmdale, California
College Experience: Loyola Marymount University
Graduation Year/Degree: BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing
Pre-Game Ritual: Put my right boot, sock and shin-guard on first