Hey, this item didn't make it into my notebook, so here's a little ditty on Abu Danladi's LA Galaxy connections:
Back when Abu Danladi and Nathan Smith were teammates and roommates at UCLA, Danladi showed off his culinary talents, making jollof and stew.
“He’s just a great cook. He’d always be cooking,” Smith, a defender, said. “It’s like a Ghanaian recipe that he perfected. He has a rice cooker and everything.
“I didn’t learn [how to cook it],” Smith said. “I just ate it.”
Danladi, a forward, wasn’t cooking the Friday before his Minnesota United clashed with Smith’s Los Angeles Galaxy, but the pair still found the time to have dinner like old times. Galaxy midfielder Emmanuel Boateng also joined, as he and Danladi were in the Right to Dream Academy together back in their native Ghana for about three years and played against each other in high school after moving to the U.S. as teenagers.
“It makes it fun, you know, being able to play against each other,” Danladi said. “Makes it really exciting, more like a friendly rivalry.”
Boateng and Danladi both started the match, but the latter left late in the first half with a groin injury. Smith stayed on the bench in the Galaxy's 2-1 victory.
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