Nov. 25, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mizzou soccer's Head Equipment Manager Ryan Dell was invited to work two domestic training camps for U.S. Soccer in December and January. Dell received the offer in mid-November and will attend the U-23 Women's National Team camp in Sunrise, Fla., from December 13-21, then head to Lakewood Ranch, Fla., for the U-20 Men's National Team training January 3-12.
"It's incredibly exciting and an incredible honor," Dell said. "It doesn't get any better than working for 18 months to get to this level. It is a dream to work for U.S. Soccer, wear that crest on your shirt and work with the best players in the nation."
A junior, Dell has worked with the Tiger soccer program since fall play of his freshman year. His numerous behind-the-scenes duties are crucial in maintaining a strong and well-organized program, from travel and morning practices to game day setups.
"I manage the logistics of all the training sessions including the set up and tear down of every drill. I make sure everything is ready to go for the team during training and games, ensuring the players and the coaches have everything they need to be successful and efficient," Dell explained.
The 20-year-old said this opportunity with U.S. Soccer is one that he has been working toward for a long time.
"It was a struggle to get in [with U.S. Soccer] because of my age and still being in school," he said, "so I think it's a huge break at such a young age to be able to step in to such an important role."
In June 2012 Dell acquired an internship with Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake, assisting the equipment management team. There, he was further exposed to the organization and upkeep of team jerseys and training gear in addition to practice setup.
While in Utah, he was also given the opportunity to step in for the full Women's National Team's international friendly against Canada.
"Having worked in both the professional leagues and in the collegiate ranks I have met a lot of people that are extremely important to soccer in America and I think that has set me up to know how to be professional when I get to U.S. Soccer," Dell said.
Dell hopes to continue his role with the Mizzou soccer team, as well as building relationships with the national teams.
"I wouldn't be here without the opportunities that were given to me by the coaching staff here at Missouri. The players have helped me tremendously, the support staff here has helped me become a better person and help me do my job better."