In the scorching heat of Daytona, a teenage sensation named Yan Diomande emerged from the shadows. Diomande has left a mark on every game he’s played across friendlies against top soccer academies, in some of the best collegiate showcase events in the country, and even in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL). In just his second year at DME Academy, Diomande’s rise is captivating the soccer world as he stands out from the crowd in all matches played helping the team to two undefeated seasons thus far.
Diomande burst onto the scene, displaying a level of skill and maturity beyond his years. The Ivory Coast U17 Forward became the driving force behind DME Academy’s National High School team, most recently going undefeated and winning the top bracket of the Tampa Bay Super Cup. He was the leading scorer across all teams in the event which featured MLS, and ECNL teams alike. In summer play, he guests for AS Frenzi’s, culminating in a 2-1 triumph over Sporting Wichita in the UPSL championship match. Diomande’s remarkable feat included scoring both goals in the final, solidifying his status as a rising star. Most recently, he was named among the 23 male players that dominated 2023 by Top Drawer Soccer.
What sets Diomande apart is his dominance on the pitch. Cool, calm, and collected he lulls the defense to sleep and then burns them in a flash. He leads the team (and the entire league in goals), consistently finding the back of the net with precision and flair. His exceptional USPL performance was rewarded with the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, a testament to his impact on the pitch.
Yan Diomande’s journey to stardom is not only defined by statistics but also by a series of skillful moments that captivated fans across social media. His extraordinary goals, dazzling dribbles, and clever assists quickly went viral on social media, earning him admirers from around the globe. Diomande’s highlight reel became a showcase of raw talent and footballing intelligence, leaving fans eagerly anticipating his next move and garnishing millions of views.
Off the pitch, he is a student-athlete with exceptional character. He is kind to all teammates, and DME athletes across both Daytona and Sarasota, and an excellent role model for the younger generation. Everyone loves Dio. “ On the field his change of direction is impressive. His vision to find passes is unbelievable and showcases passes that only he can see. Off the field, he is humble, respectful, and acts like an older brother to younger athletes.” Coach Thales, DME Academy
It comes as no surprise that Yan Diomande’s exceptional performances attracted the attention of Major League Soccer (MLS) and European clubs. The teenager has star potential written all over him, and no doubt will land a pro contract with the same humble attitude that he represents daily on campus.
Diomande’s play is a testament to the power of raw talent and determination. He has demonstrated that age is no barrier to success and has dominated every level of play put before him. As he stands on the precipice of a professional career, soccer enthusiasts worldwide eagerly anticipate witnessing the continued rise of this remarkable young talent from DME Academy.
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