Christian Eissele

Christian Eissele (born 23 June 1992) is an American former professional footballer who played as a striker. He is currently head coach at Lake Mary High School in Florida.

Christian Eissele
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-06-23) 23 June 1992 (age 29)
Place of birth Orlando, Florida, United States
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
RIASA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 PS Kemi 52 (44)
2014–2015 IK Brage 39 (15)
2015–2016 PS Kemi 37 (8)
2017 FF Jaro 27 (11)
2018 Sacramento Republic 25 (5)
2019 Oklahoma City Energy 29 (5)
Total 209 (88)
Teams managed
2020– Lake Mary Rams
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Early lifeEdit

Eissele was born in Orlando, Florida. His father, Bill, works as a high school drama teacher and football coach. His mother, Susan, plays the piano for a local church. Eissele also has a sister who works as a lieutenant who is stationed in Valdosta, Georgia. At a young age, Eissele had a keen interest in tennis however football was, with the help of his tennis coach Steve, his chosen sport.[2]

He left the United States to go to Europe in order of finding a professional contract. He first travelled to Leeds, England to join the Richmond University International Academic & Soccer Academy.[3] Despite developing at the Academy, Eissele's hopes of playing professionally were stopped due to the American not being eligible for a work permit. In March 2012, he landed a trial at Finnish club PS Kemi and subsequently received a professional contract which he signed at the age of 19.[2]

CareerEdit

PS KemiEdit

Eissele made his PS Kemi debut on 29 April 2012, in a 0–2 home defeat to KPV. He scored his first professional goal against YPA on 12 May, scoring a penalty to draw the match level at 1–1 and PS Kemi went on to win 3–1. After scoring goals in matches against Santa Claus and, again, YPA, Eissele scored his first career hat-trick in a 5–0 home victory against HauPa, with all three goals coming within 16 minutes.[1]

Eissele wasn't done there though, as little over three weeks later he scored five goals in one match against Warkaus. The match ended 8–0 in Kemi's favour. Warkaus' results from that season were cancelled in August 2012 due to Warkaus not turning up to a Kakkonen fixture against TP-47 and therefore were kicked out of the league, but the Football Association of Finland decided that statistics from all matches involving Warkaus would still stand.[4] In the club's final Kakkonen fixture, Eissele scored another hat-trick in a 3–1 win versus Kajaani.[1]

The following season, 2013, went just as good for Eissele with the forward scoring seven goals between April and May. However, June was Eissele's standout month as he scored ten goals in five matches, including two hat-tricks and two braces. The hat-tricks came against ORPa and Tervarit while the braces were scored against KPV, the team he played on his professional debut, and GBK Kokkola. Eissele scored seven more goals, including another hat-trick (versus KPV), in the remainder of 2013.[1]

At the start of 2014, Eissele had trials at two Veikkausliiga clubs. In February, he spent time with RoPS and featured in a Finnish League Cup tie against Honka in which he played 62 minutes without scoring.[5] Around two months later, in March, Eissele had a trial at KuPS and again played as a trialist in a League Cup tie. He participated in the full match versus SJK but didn't score.[6]

He left Kemi on 29 March 2014.[1]

IK BrageEdit

On 29 March 2014, Eissele moved to Sweden to join IK Brage, signing a three-year contract.[7] He made his first appearance for Brage on 21 April 2014 in a 2–1 win versus AFC United, he played 90 minutes before being substituted for Viktor Ekervik-Eriksson. It took Eissele eight matches to score his first goal for the club when he scored a 54th-minute equaliser against Umeå. Around a month later Eissele scored two goals in a 1–3 win away to Valsta Syrianska, but again didn't score for another month. However, he then scored in five consecutive matches in August and September which included a hat-trick in the final of those five matches against Huddinge. He scored once more in the 2014 season when he scored an equaliser against Valsta Syrianska to earn a draw for Brage on 19 October.[1]

2015 was less successful for Eissele at Brage as he scored just four goals in thirteen matches, but did get two of those goals in his penultimate appearance for the club on 28 June versus Nyköpings. His last match for Brage was against Carlstad United 5 July.[1] He left the club on 28 July.[8]

Return to PS KemiEdit

After his release from Brage, Eissele returned to Finland to sign for former club PS Kemi.[8] He made his second debut for Kemi against VIFK, he scored two goals to complete a comeback win for the club. He then scored in the following fixture versus Jazz which ended 0–4. He scored three future goals in August and September to continue his fine return to Kemi.[1] In total in 2015, Eissele scored seven goals in eleven appearances which helped Kemi win the Ykkönen and gain promotion to the Veikkausliiga for 2016.[9] He made his Veikkausliiga debut on 9 April 2016 in a 3–0 home win against reigning champions SJK.[10] He scored his first Veikkausliiga goal on 13 August versus Inter Turku.[11]

FF JaroEdit

On 14 February 2017, Eissele joined Ykkönen side FF Jaro.[12] He made his debut on 17 February in a Finnish Cup tie against Kerho 07 and scored four goals in a 1–8 away win.[13]

Sacramento RepublicEdit

On 17 January 2018, Eissele signed with United Soccer League side Sacramento Republic.[14] Five goals, notably two against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on 8 September, in twenty-seven matches followed as Sacramento reached the post-season play-offs; where they lost to Swope Park Rangers.[1] He was released by the club on 30 November.[15] Subsequently, in December, Eissele rejoined former club FF Jaro on trial.[16]

Oklahoma City EnergyEdit

Eissele returned to the USL Championship on 16 January 2019, signing with Oklahoma City Energy.[17] He was released in December, having scored seven goals in thirty-two matches across all competitions.[1][18]

RetirementEdit

Eissele announced his retirement on 6 April 2020, subsequently taking over from his father as Lake Mary High School's girls soccer head coach in August.[19][20] He also set-up a training business for local footballers in the Orlando, Florida area.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition.[1]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
PS Kemi 2012 Kakkonen 26 20 0 0 0 0 26 20
2013 26 24 1 0 0 0 27 24
Total 52 44 1 0 0 0 53 44
RoPS (trial) 2014 Veikkausliiga 1 0 0 0 1 0
KuPS (trial) 1 0 0 0 1 0
IK Brage 2014 Division 1 26 11 0 0 0 0 26 11
2015 13 4 0 0 0 0 13 4
Total 39 15 0 0 0 0 39 15
PS Kemi 2015 Ykkönen 11 7 0 0 0 0 11 7
2016 Veikkausliiga 26 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 28 2
Total 37 8 0 0 2 1 0 0 39 9
FF Jaro 2017 Ykkönen 27 11 3 7 0 0 30 18
Sacramento Republic 2018 United Soccer League 25 5 1 0 1[a] 0 27 5
Oklahoma City Energy 2019 USL Championship 29 5 3 2 0 0 32 7
Career total 209 88 8 9 4 1 1 0 222 98
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in USL Cup

HonoursEdit

PS Kemi[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l [1] Soccerway. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b [2] Archived 14 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine ChristianEissele.com. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  3. ^ [3][permanent dead link] Richmond University. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  4. ^ [4] Archived 20 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine Football Association of Finland. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  5. ^ [5] Soccerway. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  6. ^ [6] Soccerway. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  7. ^ [7] IK Brage. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b [8] IK Brage. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  9. ^ [9] Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Football Association of Finland. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  10. ^ [10] Soccerway. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  11. ^ [11] Soccerway. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  12. ^ [12] FF Jaro. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  13. ^ [13] Soccerway. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Sacramento Republic FC Sign Forward Christian Eissele". 17 January 2018.
  15. ^ [14] Sacramento Republic. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  16. ^ [15] FF Jaro. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  17. ^ "ENERGY FC SIGN STRIKER CHRISTIAN EISSELE". EnergyFC.com. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Energy FC Confirms Return of Eight Players for 2020". EnergyFC.com. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  19. ^ "I guess you could call this my retirement post". soccereissele. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  20. ^ a b [16] Orlando Sentinel. 13 August 2020. Retrieved 19 August 2020.

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