UD Soccer Star Guillermo Delgado Caps Incredible Career with Record Fourth All-American Citation
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Four seasons, four All-American awards. It couldn’t have gotten any better for University of Delaware men’s soccer star Guillermo Delgado.
Delgado, a Tres Cantos, Spain (Jose Luis Sampedro) native who set nearly every scoring record in school history and led the squad to two NCAA Tournament appearances over the last four years, was honored yet again Friday as he was named a third team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
He was among 36 NCAA Division I student-athletes throughout the country selected to the three teams and was the only Colonial Athletic Association player honored. He also was the only member of the three teams to earn All-American honors all four years.
Delgado becomes the first male athlete in University of Delaware athletics history to earn All-American honors all four years of his career and is one of only two in UD history to accomplish the feat, joining women’s basketball standout and Olympic gold medalist Elena Delle Donne who was a four-time All-American in 2009-13.
“I am extremely excited about this award,” said Delgado, a health and physical education major at Delaware. “Receiving this honor for the fourth year solidifies my career accomplishments as a college soccer player. I could not have achieved this without my teammates and coaches and for that I am extremely thankful.”
The 2016 CAA Player of the Year, Delgado is the nation’s active career leader in points (117 - 11 more than No. 2) and goals (49 - 7 more than No. 2) and is currently ranked seventh nationally with 1.68 points per game and 14th with 12 goals. His 32 points this season is good for sixth place in UD single-season history while his eight assists is tied for fourth and his 12 goals are tied for eighth place.
One of the most decorated student-athletes in University of Delaware history, Delgado finished his four-year career in a Blue Hens uniform as the school’s all-time leader in five statistical categories: points, goals, assists (19), game-winning goals (17), and shots (282).
During his career, he led the Blue Hens to an overall record of 49-26-7, including a 12-8-1 mark in 2016 when Delaware captured the CAA Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before falling to Providence by a 2-0 score in the first round. Delgado also led the Hens to three straight CAA Tournament runner-up finishes in 2013-15 and an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
“We see the departure of a special senior class and a special player,” said Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. “Guillermo moves into a special class of player with the tremendous consistency he exhibited over his career. Guillermo will be the first to share this award with his graduating peers who have had a huge part in making this accomplishment happen. They have made a case for being the best-ever graduating UD class for our program and this award is in part, a celebration of that.”
Earlier this month Delgado garnered first team all-region accolades for the fourth straight season, becoming the program’s first-ever four-time first team selection. The forward joins George Caruso as Delaware’s only four-time all-region honorees as Caruso was a first team (1977, 1978), second team (1975) and honorable mention (1976) pick.
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