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Connor Austin Maloney (born May 18, 1995) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a fullback for Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC. He previously appeared for Reading United at the semi-professional level, and spent time on loan with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

Connor Maloney
Maloney Connor Columbus Crew SC Meet the Team 2017 (cropped).jpg
Maloney with Columbus in 2017
Personal information
Full name Connor Austin Maloney[1]
Date of birth (1995-05-18) May 18, 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[2]
Playing position Fullback
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew SC
Number 31
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Penn State Nittany Lions 75 (27)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 Reading United 1 (0)
2017– Columbus Crew SC 13 (0)
2017Pittsburgh Riverhounds (loan) 2 (0)
2018Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (loan) 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 6, 2019

Maloney graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School, where he set multiple school and state records while playing soccer and American football. He played collegiately at Penn State, scoring 27 goals across his four seasons with the Nittany Lions, being named as the 2014 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and spending time during the collegiate offseason with Reading United. Maloney was selected by Columbus Crew SC in the third round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. During each of his first two professional seasons, he was sent out to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on short-term loans.

Early lifeEdit

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Maloney attended Bishop McDevitt High School, where he played soccer and American football. He was a three-year captain of the varsity soccer team, twice earning all-PIAA honors. As a senior, Maloney was named as an NSCAA High School All-American after scoring 45 goals, including nine hat tricks.[3] He scored 107 goals with the Crusaders, a school and conference record, and set a school record with 74 assists.[4] He was also the Bishop McDevitt placekicker for four years, debatably setting a state record by scoring 328 points.[1][a]

At club level, Maloney played for two seasons with the Philadelphia Union Academy, winning the Generation Adidas Cup in 2012. He was ranked as the no. 21 recruit in the country, and the third-best player in Pennsylvania, by TopDrawerSoccer and committed to play collegiately for the Penn State Nittany Lions and coach Bob Warming.[1]

College and amateurEdit

Maloney was officially announced as a member of the Nittany Lions on April 5, 2013, one of ten recruits that Penn State brought in ahead of the season.[7] He would go on to start every game he played across his four years in University Park. Maloney scored his first collegiate goal in a 2–1 loss to Akron on November 6[8] and scored his first postseason goal in a 1–0 victory over UC Santa Barbara in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.[9] He finished the season with two goals and a team-high seven assists from 21 appearances, good enough to earn a spot on the All-Big Ten Freshman team as a unanimous selection.[10] Maloney would put up his best statistical season as a sophomore: a career-high ten goals, as well as three assists, from 20 appearances. Five of his goals were match-winners, including in each of the first two games on the year.[1] He was named as the 2014 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten First Team.[11]

Prior to his junior season, Maloney was called up to the United States U23 national team, taking part in a college identification training camp ahead of the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship.[12] After returning to Penn State, he was named as a team captain for the Nittany Lions; Maloney responded by leading the team in shots, shots on goal, and goals. He tallied seven goals and two assists on the year, including a pair of two-goal performances in midseason.[1] Although Penn State failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years, Maloney was named to the All-Big Ten First Team for the second consecutive season.[13] As a senior, he was again named as a captain, and led the team with eight goals, five assists, and 25 shots on goal. Maloney capped the season by being named to the All-Big Ten First Team, the third consecutive year he was honored as such,[14] and was named to the All-Great Lakes Region Second Team by the NSCAA.[15] He finished his Penn State career with 27 goals from 75 appearances.[1]

Reading UnitedEdit

Following his freshman season with the Nittany Lions, Maloney spent time with Reading United of the Premier Development League.[16] He made just one appearance, playing for six minutes, during his brief stint with the club.[17]

Club careerEdit

Columbus Crew SCEdit

"His attitude and his mindset are fantastic. He’s a guy that, if you have 25 Connor Maloneys on your team, you know exactly what you are getting on your group. Your group will be hard working, it will be fighting every day and giving 100 percent all the time."

—Columbus head coach Gregg Berhalter, speaking about Maloney in April 2018.[18]

Maloney was selected 49th overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by Columbus Crew SC.[19] Although he played as a forward in college, he changed positions as a professional to become a defender, capable of playing at either outside back position.[2] After taking part in preseason camp, Maloney officially signed with the club on February 20.[20] He made his professional debut less than a month later, in a match against Houston Dynamo on March 11. With Columbus trailing at halftime, Maloney entered in place of Harrison Afful and played the final 45 minutes of a 3–1 defeat for Crew SC.[21] Maloney would play just one more time during the season, making his first professional start and tallying an assist against Real Salt Lake in late July.[22] His season ended after undergoing a meniscectomy on his left knee on October 24, just two days before the club's first playoff game.[23] After appearing twice for Crew SC in his rookie season, Maloney had his contract option picked up by the club on December 1.[24]

Maloney again struggled for playing time in 2018, being named to the Columbus bench just four times in league play and only starting in the U.S. Open Cup. In his one league appearance, he replaced Milton Valenzuela in the 62nd minute of a game against Portland Timbers on September 19. Maloney provided his second career assist on a Niko Hansen goal three minutes into stoppage time, but Crew SC were defeated by a 3–2 scoreline.[25] For the second consecutive season, Maloney made just two appearances for the club. On November 19, he was named as the recipient of the Kirk Urso Heart Award, as "the player that best exemplified the qualities in a teammate and became 'the heart'" in the club's locker room.[26] Columbus exercised the option on Maloney's contract on November 26, although he had appeared just four times in two seasons with the club.[27]

Loans to PittsburghEdit

On May 19, 2017, Maloney was sent on loan to Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Crew SC's United Soccer League affiliate. The loan was on a match-by-match basis, with Maloney able to be recalled by Columbus at any time.[28] He made his club debut the next day, starting and playing 61 minutes in a 1–0 defeat to Louisville City.[29] Maloney made just one more appearance while on loan, coming off the bench in a draw against Harrisburg City Islanders on May 24,[30] and returned to Columbus after just those two appearances.

After being unable to find the field in Columbus in early 2018, Maloney was again sent on loan to Pittsburgh on May 25, 2018.[31] He made his second debut for the club the next day, starting and playing 86 minutes of a scoreless draw against Penn FC.[32] Maloney again made just one more appearance while on loan, starting a 1–0 defeat against Nashville SC on May 30,[33] and again returned to Columbus after just two appearances.

Career statisticsEdit

As of October 6, 2019[30][2]
Club Season League Playoffs Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Reading United 2014[34] PDL 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Columbus Crew SC 2017 MLS 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2018 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2019 10 0 1 0 11 0
Total 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (loan) 2017 USL 2 0 0 0 2 0
2018 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 18 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 20 0

HonorsEdit

TeamEdit

Penn State

IndividualEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Some sources attribute the record to Connor Raupach, who scored 320 points during his career at Berlin Brothersvalley High School.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Connor Maloney – Penn State profile". GoPSUSports.com. Penn State Athletics. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Connor Maloney at Major League Soccer
  3. ^ "2012 NSCAA Boys High School All-America Team". SoccerAmerica.com. Soccer America. December 10, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Connor Maloney statistics at Bishop McDevitt". PennLive.com. PA Media Group. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  5. ^ Mastovich, Mike (December 10, 2017). "Record-breaking Berlin kicker hopes to continue getting his kicks". TribDem.com. The Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  6. ^ Ripple, Adam (December 18, 2017). "Raupach kicks way onto Class AA all-state football team". DailyAmerican.com. Daily American. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Penn State Welcomes Ten New Faces for 2013". GoPSUSports.com. Penn State Athletics. April 5, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "No. 11 Nittany Lions Fall at No. 9 Akron, 2–1". GoPSUSports.com. Penn State Athletics. November 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Maloney Sends No. 16 Lions Past No. 15 UCSB, 1–0". GoPSUSports.com. Penn State Athletics. November 25, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "2013 Men's Soccer All-Big Ten Teams And Individual Awardes" (PDF). BigTen.org. Big Ten Conference. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "2014 Men's Soccer All-Big Ten Teams And Individual Honors" (PDF). BigTen.org. Big Ten Conference. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Herzog Calls 28 Players For College Identification Training Camp". USSoccer.com. U.S. Soccer Federation. July 28, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  13. ^ "2015 Men's Soccer All-Big Ten Teams And Individual Honors" (PDF). BigTen.org. Big Ten Conference. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "Men's Soccer Earns Four Individual Big Ten Honors". OnwardState.com. Onward State. November 4, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "Maloney Earns NSCAA All-Region Honors". GoPSUSports.com. Penn State Athletics. November 13, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  16. ^ Doyle, Sean (December 15, 2016). "Seven United alums earn MLS Combine invites". ReadingUnitedAC.com. Reading United. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  17. ^ "Premier Development League 2014 Statistics". USLLeagueTwo.com. USL League Two. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  18. ^ Torres, Guilherme (April 11, 2018). "Connor Maloney is ready for whatever Crew SC needs him". MassiveReport.com. SB Nation. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  19. ^ "Crew SC selects Maloney & Ketterer 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Columbus Crew SC. January 17, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  20. ^ "Maloney Signs with Columbus Crew SC". GoPSUSports.com. Penn State Athletics. February 21, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  21. ^ Geigerman, Adam (March 11, 2017). "Recap: Crew SC, Houston battle in Texas". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Columbus Crew SC. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  22. ^ Helfrich, Jeff (July 29, 2017). "Maloney records assist in 1st start for Crew SC against RSL". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Columbus Crew SC. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  23. ^ "Crew SC defender Connor Maloney undergoes successful left arthroscopic knee surgery". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Columbus Crew SC. October 24, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  24. ^ "Options exercised on 9 players ahead of 2018 season". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Columbus Crew SC. December 1, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  25. ^ "Portland Timbers 3–2 Columbus Crew SC". MLSSoccer.com. Major League Soccer. September 19, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  26. ^ a b Torres, Guilherme (November 19, 2018). "Crew SC announce 2018 individual year-end awards". MassiveReport.com. SB Nation. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  27. ^ Crew SC Communications (November 26, 2018). "Columbus Crew SC exercises options on contracts of eight players ahead of 2019". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  28. ^ "Crew SC loans defender Connor Maloney to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on a game-by-game basis". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Columbus Crew SC. May 19, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  29. ^ "Win Streak Halts At Three In 1–0 Loss To Louisville". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. May 20, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  30. ^ a b Connor Maloney at Soccerway
  31. ^ "Hounds Receive Maloney On Loan From Crew SC". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  32. ^ "Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 0–0 Penn FC" (PDF). Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  33. ^ Riverhounds Staff (May 30, 2018). "Hounds' unbeaten streak ends against Nashville". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  34. ^ "Premier Development League 2014 Statistics". USLLeagueTwo.com. USL League Two. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  35. ^ "No. 13 Lions Capture Big Ten Title Behind Tyler's Brace". GoPSUSports.com. Penn State Athletics. October 27, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2018.

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