Konrad de la Fuente

Konrad de la Fuente (born July 16, 2001), sometimes known as Konrad, is an American professional soccer player who plays as a winger for Super League Greece club Olympiacos, on loan from Marseille, and the United States national team.

Konrad de la Fuente
Konrad de la Fuente March 2019.jpg
Konrad with the United States U20 in 2019
Personal information
Full name Konrad de la Fuente[1]
Date of birth (2001-07-16) July 16, 2001 (age 21)
Place of birth Miami, Florida, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[2]
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Olympiacos
(on loan from Marseille)
Number 30
Youth career
Tecnofutbol
2012–2013 Damm
2013–2020 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2021 Barcelona B 25 (7)
2020–2021 Barcelona 0 (0)
2021– Marseille 16 (0)
2022–Olympiacos (loan) 3 (0)
International career
2016–2017 United States U16 11 (4)
2017 United States U18 4 (1)
2019 United States U20 9 (1)
2020– United States 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of September 11, 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of September 5, 2021

Club careerEdit

YouthEdit

Born in Miami, Florida, to Haitian parents of Dominican descent, Konrad moved to Spain at the age of 10 when his father took a job at the Haitian consulate in Barcelona.[3] While playing for local youth side CF Damm, he was discovered and offered the chance to play for FC Barcelona. He developed in Barcelona's youth system after joining in 2013.[4][5][6]

Barcelona BEdit

Konrad made his debut for the reserves on December 1, 2018, coming off the bench and playing 12 minutes against Valencia Mestalla in the Segunda División B. He conceded a penalty in the final minutes of the game causing his side to go 2–1 down, but fellow teammate Ronald Araújo equalized late, ending the match 2–2.[7]

He made his first start for the team on December 15, 2019, in a 3–1 win against La Nucía.[8] He was replaced by Dani Morer in the 70th minute.

He scored his first goal for Barça B on February 2, 2020, a stoppage time winner in a 2–1 win against AE Prat, after coming on in the 81st minute.[9][10]

BarcelonaEdit

On September 12, 2020, Konrad made his first team debut in a pre-season game against Gimnàstic Tarragona, in the process becoming the first American to play for Barcelona's first team.[11][12] He made his official debut for Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League group stage match against Dynamo Kyiv on November 24, 2020, replacing Francisco Trincão in a 4–0 win.[13] He appeared once again for Barça in the Champions League, coming off the bench again in a 3–0 away victory over Ferencváros, and later the following January in the Copa del Rey in a 2–0 away victory against Cornellà.[14][15]

MarseilleEdit

On June 29, 2021, Konrad signed with Ligue 1 club Marseille, with Barcelona reserving the right to 50% of a future sale.[16][17] He made his league debut on August 8 against Montpellier. He recorded his first assist in the same match on the first goal of a 3–2 comeback win.[18]

Loan to OlympiacosEdit

On August 13, 2022, Konrad was loaned to Olympiacos in Greece.[19]

International careerEdit

Konrad has represented the United States at the under-16, under-18, and under-20 levels.[20] In July 2019, he was called up to the under-20 team for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.[21][22] He started every match in the tournament until the United States was eliminated by Ecuador in the quarterfinals.[23]

He received his first call up to the senior national team for friendly matches against Wales and Panama in November 2020.[24] He made his debut on November 12, 2020, in the friendly against Wales as a starter and was replaced by Ulysses Llanez in the 71st minute.[25]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played September 11, 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2018–19 Segunda División B 1 0 1 0
2019–20 3 1 3[a] 2 6 3
2020–21 21[b] 6 1[a] 0 22 6
Total 25 7 4 2 29 9
Barcelona 2020–21 La Liga 0 0 1 0 2[c] 0 3 0
Marseille 2021–22 Ligue 1 16 0 1 0 6[d] 1 23 1
Olympiacos (loan) 2022–23 Super League Greece 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
Career total 44 7 2 0 10 1 4 2 60 10
  1. ^ a b Appearances(s) in Segunda División B play-offs
  2. ^ Includes six appearances in Segunda División B second phase
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Europa League, two appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa Conference League

InternationalEdit

As of match played September 5, 2021[26]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
United States 2020 1 0
2021 2 0
Total 3 0

HonorsEdit

Barcelona

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019: List of Players: USA" (PDF). FIFA. June 13, 2019. p. 24. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "Konrad de la Fuente". Olympique de Marseille. Retrieved August 1, 2022.
  3. ^ "Konrad de la Fuente primer futbolista estadounidense firma con el 1er equipo del Barcelona, con ascendencia Dominicana y de Haiti" [Konrad de la Fuente the first American footballer to sign with the 1st team of Barcelona, with Dominican and Haitian ancestry] (in Spanish). Unimisión Noticias. September 7, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  4. ^ Nalton, James (May 23, 2019). "Konrad De La Fuente: the US winger making waves at Barcelona's academy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Tolmich, Ryan (January 16, 2020). "Konrad de la Fuente: Barcelona's future U.S. star who could turn his back on La Masia". Goal. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  6. ^ Konrad de la Fuente, the jewel of the USA that plays in Barcelona; Diario AS, March 26, 2019
  7. ^ Barça B-Valencia Mestalla last second draw 2–2; FCBarcelona.com; Retrieved June 1, 2019
  8. ^ Barça B 3-1 La Nucía: Great football, great result; FCBarcelona.com; Retrieved December 20, 2019
  9. ^ El Prat 1-2 Barça B: Vital three points; FCBarcelona.com; Retrieved February 2, 2020
  10. ^ Marsden (June 28, 2020). "Barcelona's U.S. youngster Konrad de la Fuente signs contract extension until 2022". Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  11. ^ "Konrad de la Fuente becomes first US player to play for Barcelona". September 13, 2020. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  12. ^ "USA Starlet Konrad de la Fuente Makes Barcelona History". heavy.com. September 2020.
  13. ^ "FC Barcelona vs. Dynamo Kiev score: Americans Dest and Konrad de la Fuente make history in Barca romp". CBSSports.com. November 24, 2020.
  14. ^ "Seven Americans played in Champions League games this week. That's a U.S. record". The Washington Post. December 2, 2020.
  15. ^ "Dembele spares Barcelona's blushes". January 1, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  16. ^ Agreement for Konrad de la Fuente to join Olympique de Marseille; fcbarcelona.com; Retrieved June 29, 2021
  17. ^ Marsden (June 29, 2020). "Marseille sign United States teenager Konrad De La Fuente from Barcelona". Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  18. ^ "Konrad De La Fuente shines in Marseille debut". SBI Soccer. August 8, 2021. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  19. ^ "Olympiacos signs de la Fuente". Olympiacos. August 13, 2022. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  20. ^ "Konrad de la Fuente renews his contract through to 2022". FC Barcelona. June 28, 2020. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  21. ^ "Tab Ramos names USA roster for 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland". www.ussoccer.com. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  22. ^ "Preview: USA Aims High at 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup". www.ussoccer.com. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  23. ^ "Ecuador eliminates USA in Under-20 World Cup quarter-finals". Goal. June 8, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  24. ^ "USMNT ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT: BERHALTER CALLS 24 PLAYERS FOR NOVEMBER CAMP MATCHES VS WALES AND PANAMA". ussoccer.com. November 3, 2020. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  25. ^ "USMNT draw with Wales as Reyna, Musah, De La Fuente make debuts". ESPN. November 12, 2020. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  26. ^ Konrad de la Fuente at National-Football-Teams.com

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