|Date of birth||9 November 1985|
|Place of birth||Bamako, Mali|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Current club||Philadelphia Union|
|2002–2005||La Salle Cardinals|
|2012||→ Karlsruher SC (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 15, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Youth and College
Soumaré was drafted 2nd overall by the Chicago Fire in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. After appearing on a substitute bench several time, Soumaré made his debut, coming on for Brian Plotkin, in a 0-0 draw against Real Salt Lake on 27 May 2007; on 1 July 2007, Soumaré received a straight red card for a violent conduct in a 0-0 draw against Colorado Rapids. He since established himself in the first team. During the 2008 season, Soumaré scored an own goal against the team, which he played his first game against, in a 1-1 draw on the opening game of the season. Despite this, he was later nominated for the MLS Defender of the Year award, alongside Jimmy Conrad and eventual winner Chad Marshall. On 31 May 2009, Soumaré disciplined had continued when he received a red card after a second bookable offence in a 3-0 loss against Dallas. In August 2009, Soumare was fined for being involved in a fight with manager Denis Hamlett during the half-time interval of their game against Houston Dynamo. With rumours circumstances of his departure, he has maintained contact with the team.
In August 2009, Soumaré joined French club US Boulogne on a four-year contract, for a reported fee of €1,500,000. Soumaré made his debut for the club on 19 August 2009, in a 2-0 loss against Ligue 1 champion Bordeaux. On 20 March 2010, his disciplined had continued when received a straight red card in a 3-0 loss against Paris Saint-Germain. At the end of the season, Boulogne, nevertheless, was relegated to Ligue 2. After Boulogne relegation's, Soumaré was promoted as captain ahead of a new season in Ligue 2. Soumaré scored his first goal of his career in a 1-0 win over Reims on 29 October 2010; his second came on his last game of the season in a 3-2 win over Tours on 22 April 2011. However the following season, his first team opportunities became limited under newly manager Pascal Plancque, despite making 16 appearance so far this season. In total, Soumaré made 65 league appearances for Boulogne.
In January 2012, Soumaré signed for German club Karlsruher SC on loan until the end of the 2011-12 season, having previously linked with 2. Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf and Ingolstadt 04. Soumaré made his debut on 5 February in a 2-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue. However, his time at German was forgotten as he never got more playing time towards the end of the season, due to having knee injury and even wore for the club, they was relegated to 3. Fußball-Liga.
Soumaré returned to Major League Soccer when he signed with Philadelphia Union on June 26, 2012 Philadelphia traded with Vancouver Whitecaps FC to move up in the MLS Allocation Order and gain the right to sign Soumaré. Soumaré made his first return in MLS since leaving Chicago Fire, in a 3-1 loss against his former club on 13 August 2012. However with one appearance, he suffered an injury, resulting having a surgery. Expected to be an minor injury, Soumaré would miss the rest of the MLS season.
Soumaré had expressed a desire to represent the United States at international level once he became an American citizen. At the time of that announcement, he believed that he would have his citizenship by sometime in 2009. After that wasn't possible, Soumaré declared himself for Mali, making his debut in 2009. In the Africa Cup of Nations, Soumaré was in a squad and made two appearance, playing 90 minutes and received a yellow card, resulting a miss for one game.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2007||Chicago Fire||Major League Soccer||19||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||20||0|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|2009–10||US Boulogne||Ligue 2||20||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||23||0|
|2011–12||Karlsruher SC||2. Bundesliga||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2012||Philadelphia Union||Major League Soccer||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
Updated May 15, 2013
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- MLS player profile
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