The 2015 NPGL Season Looks Bright: Dmitry Klokov, Willis McGahee, New Expansion Teams & More
The 2015 NPGL season looks bright with new teams joining the league like New York Cosmos B, FC Edmonton and Atlanta Silverbacks.
Dmitry Klokov was a standout player at Georgia Tech University before turning pro in 2009. He played for several minor league teams including the Oklahoma City Stars (now OKC Energy), Tulsa Roughnecks, Idaho Falls Muckdogs and Las Vegas Outlaws.
His last team was the San Antonio Scorpions from 2011-2013.
Klokov had a successful run in the NPSL with the Fort Wayne Komets (Indiana Express) from 2010-2012. He scored 12 goals in 24 games during that year.
In 2013 he joined the Carolina Dynamo of the USL Pro. During his time there he scored 9 goals in 21 games and helped lead them to a second place finish in their division.
In 2014 he signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL. He scored 3 goals in 15 games and helped lead them to a fifth place finish in their first season.
He returned to college football playing for the University of Miami Hurricanes from 2015-2016. Klokov was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in scoring with 20 goals and 19 assists.
He finished his career at Miami with 35 goals and 30 assists in only 50 games. He was drafted by MLS’s Los Angeles Galaxy in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. He has yet to make a first team appearance with the Galaxy.
Willis McGahee was drafted by Baltimore Ravens with the 23rd pick of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played a supporting role behind Jamal Lewis his rookie year before taking over the starting role in 2004.
He had two stellar years with the team before being traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2010. He continued his 1,000 yard seasons with the team until he left for the Denver Broncos in 2013. After two years he was released and signed a one year deal with the Cleveland Browns in 2015. He is currently a free agent.
While at the University of Miami, he had a spectacular career. He was named to the first team All-American selection in 2002 and 2003.
In his sophomore year he led the nation in rushing yards (2,153) and touchdowns (30). He finished his collegiate career as the NCAA’s 10th all-time leading rusher with 4,198 yards.
In his professional career he has had two 1,000 yard seasons (2005, 2008) in ten years. He has had one Pro Bowl selection (2005) and won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2013.
Between high school, college, the pros and the national team he has played in three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) and two Olympics (2008, 2012). He will be competing in his third World Cup this summer in Russia.
He has 35 career goals for the Honduran national team.
Tragedy struck the NPGL on March 3, 2017 when Los Angeles Renegades Linebacker Brenda Gutierrez was killed in a car accident. Driving home from the LA Coliseum where he played his first ever game as a Renegade, he was hit head-on by another driver who fell asleep at the wheel.
He was just 22 years old.
Brenda Gutierrez was a standout player at the University of Southern California. He was a member of the Trojans from 2012-2015 and was named first team All-Pac-12 in 2015.
He was drafted by the Los Angeles Renegades in the fourth round of the 2016 NPGL Draft. He appeared in five games for the team that year before suffering a season ending injury in Week 6.
Acquired by the Jacksonville Cannons in the 2016 Expansion Draft, he spent his only season there as a backup.
The first-ever NPGL trade occurred on October 18, 2016 when the Philadelphia Soul acquired Offensive Lineman Andy Levine from the Las Vegas High Rollers for a 2017 third round pick.
After retiring from the NFL in 2007, Jordan found himself as the owner of a Chrysler-Dodge dealership in West Palm Beach. Two years after owning it, he found himself in trouble with the law after failing to pay more than $15 million in federal income tax from money made at the store.
As a result, he spent 15 months in prison and an additional three months in a halfway house. He was released in June 2012. Since his release, he has been involved with many business ventures.
As of the 2017-18 NPGL season, he is the owner of the Philadelphia Soul.
He has served as head coach for both the West Palm Beach Frenzy and HoofDville Tomahawks of the now-defunct Southern Professional League.
The Philadelphia Soul were founded in 2004 and have won two NPGL championships (2008, 2016). They are one of only four teams to have played in every season of the league.
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