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Andre Ubong Akpan (born December 9, 1987) is an American soccer player who most recently played for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.

Andre Akpan
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Personal information
Full name Andre Ubong Akpan[1]
Date of birth (1987-12-09) December 9, 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Grand Prairie, Texas, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2002–2006 Dallas Texans
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Harvard Crimson 72 (47)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Westchester Flames 4 (2)
2009 Chicago Fire Premier 12 (7)
2010–2013 Colorado Rapids 29 (4)
2010Real Maryland Monarchs (loan) 1 (0)
2010FC Tampa Bay (loan) 5 (0)
2013–2014 New York Red Bulls 12 (0)
2014 New England Revolution 0 (0)
National team
2007 United States U20 5 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:46, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 17, 2010

Contents

CareerEdit

Youth and collegeEdit

Akpan was born in Grand Prairie, Texas to a Nigerian father and an American mother.[2] He played for coaches Hassan Nazari and David Hudgell on the '88 Dallas Texans, and his prolific scoring touch helped lead his team to back-to-back-to-back USYSA National Championships (U17, U18, U19), as well as a Dallas Cup Super Group Victory - a feat that no other American team has accomplished in the last 25 years. He played high school soccer at The Oakridge School in Arlington, Texas where he was the all-time leading scorer with 111 goals over four years. He also attained the single-season scoring record with 37 goals.

In 2006, Akpan entered Harvard University where he played on the men's soccer team, and was also a member of The Phoenix – S K Club. He was the 2006 Ivy League rookie of the year and first team All Ivy League. In 2007, he was a second team NSCAA All American. While at Harvard he also made appearances for USL Premier Development League clubs Westchester Flames and Chicago Fire Premier, helping the latter to the 2009 USL PDL championship game, and scoring in the final.[3]

ProfessionalEdit

Akpan was drafted in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Colorado Rapids.[4] He made his professional debut on April 13, 2010, in a US Open Cup game against the Kansas City Wizards.[5] His first MLS goal was scored on April 30, 2011 against the Chicago Fire equalizing just after halftime.[6]

Akpan made a short-term loan switch to USL Second Division club Real Maryland Monarchs in June 2010,[7] where he made one league appearance and one Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup appearance. Akpan made his second short-term loan switch of the season to USSF D-2 club FC Tampa Bay in July 2010.[8]

On March 28, 2013, Akpan was traded to New York Red Bulls in exchange for a conditional 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick.[9] In his first season with New York, Akpan played in seven regular season matches, recording two assists. He was also the team's top scorer in the MLS Reserve League scoring 10 goals.

Akpan was traded by New York with allocation money to New England Revolution in exchange for Saër Sène and an international roster spot on August 12, 2014.[10]

InternationalEdit

Akpan was a member of the United States U-20 team for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He scored a hat trick in qualifying and appeared in the quarterfinals.[11][12]

HonoursEdit

Colorado RapidsEdit

New York Red BullsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Players — 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Frosh Eyes Next Goal | News | The Harvard Crimson". www.thecrimson.com. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  3. ^ Fusion overcome Fire for PDL title[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ 2010 MLS SuperDraft Archived 2010-03-19 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "US Open Cup qualifying: Wells Thompson brace gives Rapids qualifying win over Wizards (Video) | TheCup.us - Full Coverage of US Open Cup Soccer". thecup.us. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2011-05-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.coloradorapids.com/news/2010/06/rapids-partner-boy-scouts-centennial-celebration-event
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2010-07-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ http://www.newyorkredbulls.com/news/2013/03/red-bulls-acquire-forward-andre-akpan-colorado
  10. ^ "Red Bulls acquire Sène". newyorkredbulls.com. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Andre Akpan". Harvard. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  12. ^ "FIFA Tournaments - Players & Coaches - Andre AKPAN". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2018-06-01.

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