The following article, written by Liam Jones, originally appeared on FGCU Eagles Nest Saturday, Aug. 2, and chronicles the young career of former FGCU men's soccer standout Daniel Stanese.
Born in Queens, NY and raised in Pitt Meadows, BC, Daniel Stanese holds US and Canadian citizenship. With Romanian heritage, he speaks fluent English, Romanian, and French, and is working on German as well. The young soccer star is quite the well versed and well traveled twenty-year-old and in 2012, his exploits took him to Florida Gulf Coast University.
In his time as an Eagle, Stanese and the FGCU defense recorded eight shutouts en route to an 11-5-3 record, Atlantic Sun Championship, and NCAA Tournament berth. His play landed him on the A-Sun All Freshman First Team and NSCAA All-South Region Second Team. Despite all the personal and team accolades, Stanese learned something that he put to use off the field as well.
"Honestly, I didn't think people could be so open. I made a lot of good friends there. My roommates and I share a really good bond, and I still keep in touch with them to this day," said Stanese, who also spent time in the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program. "We really came together as a team really quickly. I feel that I've learned how to be really open to people and really supportive."
After the season, the former FGCU standout quickly signed with FC Nuremberg, becoming the program's first player to ink a contract with a Bundesliga team.
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