Player Updates: Will Daniels
SoccerViza player Will Daniels has been on fire in Iceland, scoring 12 goals in 17 games this season. SoccerViza caught up with Will and KF Aegir head coach Alfred Johannsson to get updates on his season so far.

SoccerViza player Will Daniels has been on a tear this season with Icelandic 2.Deild club KF Aegir. He overcame a slow, injury-riddled start to the season to climb among the league leaders in goals for the final quarter of the season.

The Connecticut-native has notched 12 goals in 17 games in all competitions, 10 of those coming in league play. The barrage of tallies over the past two months have seen him climb up to third among goal scorers in the Icelandic second division, and there are no signs of the Quinnipiac alum slowing down.

“Will was very unlucky as he got injured at the start of the season,” KF Aegir manager Alfred Johannsson told SoccerViza.

“After some hard work on his behalf and receiving the right treatment he is back on track. I am very happy with his performance and I know he will continue to perform well and help the team. He has as of now scored 12 goals in 17 games in both league and cup. He has a good influence on our team and is a good quality player. He will only get better and better.”

Will was identified at SoccerViza’s November combine that wrapped up the 2014 calendar. Aegir was looking for a striker for the 2015 campaign and a fellow Icelandic coach from the top flight took note of Will’s contributions on the field over the three-day period. After the combine wrapped up, Alfred liked what he heard and brought Will in on trial, which turned into a contract.

“I liked what I heard from the coaches so he came to Iceland on a trial and did a great job. I saw his potential and thought he would do great in the Icelandic 2nd division. He has definitely shown us that he can be among the leading scorers at the end of the season. He is not just scoring goals; he is also doing a great job defensively for the team and overall is a good influence on the players around him. I hope he will continue on this path and score many more goals for our team.”

That penultimate November combine for Will was his fourth with SoccerViza. Rather than giving up after the previous three though, he continued to believe in himself and push himself to improve his game where scouts thought he needed work.

“Will came to numerous combines and absorbed all the information that scouts and our staff gave to him,” SoccerViza Founder and CEO Joe Funicello commented.

“He went away from each combine and worked hard on the things he was told he needed to improve on. And now the work and willingness he has to get better is showing in Iceland. I think Will is a player that will move on and do great things in the sport, and other players should look at his path, look at how many times he got knocked down before he got his chance and took it.”

As for Will, the 25-year old striker has been relishing the opportunities granted to him this season. His scoring output has kept the team in the fight to avoid relegation, and has attracted attention from several suitors looking for a target striker next season. In the meantime though, it’s just day-by-day.

“I’m just making sure that each day I work harder than the day before,” Will told SoccerViza this week.

“I try to be a leader to my teammates and do everything possible on and off the field to make sure I keep scoring goals. Whether it’s stretching and rolling out in the gym to prevent injuries, or working on my touch and finishing with Brentton [Muhammad] on our own outside of practice. I try to be the hardest working guy every practice to show that it’s not luck, but hard work and determination. I see it as my job with this team to get the other guys moving and working to reach that next level.”

Being a leader on and off the field has continued to endear Will to the coaches as well as the team owner. Beyond thinking of next season though, it goes back to the day in, day out routine of setting the right example to follow, to seizing opportunities on the field. With 10 goals in 16 league games so far, and one game to go in the season, the opportunity is there for the SoccerViza alum to finish among the league leaders in scoring, and finding the door to the rest of his future wide open.