Soccer team signs two veteran players
It might be a bit unusual for an expansion team to have enough clout to sign veterans from the league, especially when there isn’t any form of expansion draft, but the Tulsa Revolution have managed to do just that. Tulsa announced the signing of two PASL veterans to the team’s roster last week.
David Joshua Marrero Danza (who goes by Josh Danza) and Franck Tayou.
Danza is versatile 6-1 player who can play just about any position. He is a team leader with the experience to back it up. He played in the PASL for the Ohio Vortex last season where he also served as assistant to the general manager.
When he is not playing professional soccer, he is the Director of Operations for True Student Athletes where he helps unnoticed youth athletes achieve their goals through his college resources and playing experience. To learn more, visit www.truestudentathletes.com.
Tayou is a 6-2 forward who comes to the Revolution from the Las Vegas Legends. He scored 20 goals last season in the PASL.
Tayou came to the United States when his parents, Jacques and Chantal Tayou, fled political persecution in their homeland; Cameroon. They settled in Las Vegas. In 2006, Tayou (16) and his brother Uzi (17) were looking for a place to play soccer and they stumbled upon a group of Hispanic youth playing near their home. The Tayou’s spoke little English and no Spanish, but they came to a quick agreement and the youngsters told the brothers they could play for 10 minutes and show what they could do.
Neither of the brothers had cleats, but they were accustomed to playing with their bare feet in Cameroon. After competing for 10 minutes, Franck and Uzi were invited to play on the team. The Hispanic group bought them their first pair of cleats. Tayou graduated from Valley High School in Las Vegas and then played soccer at Tacoma Community College and Garden City Community College (Kansas). He then transferred to West Virginia University where he helped his team advance to the NCAA championships. Tayou graduated with an undergraduate degree in multidisciplinary studies.
“I am excited to play soccer for Tulsa, the team is strong and we will be good this season,” Tayou said.
The Revolution will open the 2013-14 PASL season at Illinois Piasa on Nov. 1. Tulsa’s first home game will be on Nov. 22 against Hidalgo LaFiera at 7:30 p.m. at the Cox Business Center. For ticket information, go to www.tulsarevolution.com.
TU WINS AT UTEP
Tulsa made quick work of UTEP, as the Golden Hurricane scored on their first three possessions and defeated the Miners 34-20, in El Paso on Saturday.
“It’s big for us, we needed a conference win,” said Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship. “We have no nonconference games left so we have to crawl out of that hole one game at a time. We go into a bye week that will really help us. Hopefully we can get a little healed up and get ready for Tulane. It is very important to get that first one.”
With the win, Tulsa improved to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in C-USA play, while UTEP dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in C-USA.
TU quarterback Cody Green completed 14-of-17 passes, including two touchdowns and 226 passing yards. Green also scored a touchdown on a two-yard run.
Trey Watts had 142 rushing yards while the Golden Hurricane totaled a season-high 430 yards of total offense.
Tulsa will have this week off before playing Tulane in New Orleans on Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m.
[Jeff Brucculeri is freelance writer and broadcaster. Follow him on Twitter @JeffBrucculeri. Contact; firstname.lastname@example.org.]