Alan Gordon (soccer)

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Alan Gordon
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Gordon at Buck Shaw stadium
Personal information
Full name Alan Eugene Gordon II
Date of birth (1981-10-16) October 16, 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Long Beach, California, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club San Jose Earthquakes
Number 16
Youth career
2000–2001 Yavapai Roughriders
2002–2003 Oregon State Beavers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Portland Timbers 27 (17)
2004 Los Angeles Galaxy (loan) 3 (0)
2005–2010 Los Angeles Galaxy 96 (16)
2006 Portland Timbers (loan) 1 (0)
2010 Chivas USA 9 (1)
2011 Toronto FC 8 (4)
2011– San Jose Earthquakes 49 (18)
National team
2012– United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 3, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 12, 2012

Alan Gordon (born October 16, 1981 in Long Beach, California) is an American soccer player who currently plays for San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Gordon moved to Gilbert, Arizona in his mid-teens, and played two years of college soccer for Yavapai College, where he scored 39 goals in his two seasons, before attending Oregon State University, where he won All Pac-10 honors twice, and scored 11 goals as a junior and 15 as a senior.

Professional[edit]

Upon graduating, Gordon was drafted 53rd overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by Los Angeles Galaxy. He was awarded number 16, but in 2006 changed his number to 21. However, Gordon did not make the team, and signed with the Portland Timbers of the A-League. With the Timbers, Gordon was an instant success, playing 27 games and scoring 17 goals, tying Dante Washington for the league lead, and helped the Timbers finish the regular season with the league's best record. In recognition of his achievement Gordon was named the league's Rookie of the Year, and was a finalist for the MVP Award. After the end of the A-League season, Gordon was loaned back to the Galaxy. During the 2006 season, Gordon saw increased playing time for the Galaxy, scoring 4 goals.

On July 21, 2007 during a friendly with Chelsea, Gordon was pulled for David Beckham's first appearance with the Galaxy in the 78th minute. On April 26, 2008, Gordon scored two goals off the bench in the Galaxy's 5-2 victory over rivals Chivas USA. He finished 2008 with a career year. He scored five goals and seven assists, even though he was not a full-time starter.

In August 2010, he was traded to neighboring Chivas USA for allocation money just one match short of his 100 league appearances with the Galaxy, during which time he notched sixteen goals. On November 24, 2010, he was selected by Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft,[1] but was immediately traded back to Chivas USA, along with Alejandro Moreno, for an international player spot.[2]

He was traded to Toronto FC on March 11, 2011 in exchange for Nick LaBrocca.[3] Gordon made his debut for Toronto on March 26 in a 2-0 home victory against Portland Timbers with both goals coming from Javier Martina.[4] On April 2 Gordon scored his first goal for Toronto in a 1-1 tie against his former team Chivas.[5] Gordon had a memorable return to The Home Depot Center on June 11 when he scored 2 goals against The Galaxy in a 2-2 thriller which saw two goals scored in injury time of the second half.[6]

Following Toronto's designated player signing of Danny Koevermans Gordon became a dispensable asset and was traded along with Jacob Peterson and Nana Attakora to San Jose Earthquakes for Ryan Johnson on July 14, 2011.[7] Gordon signed a new contract with San Jose in January 2012.[8] Alan Gordon has had a career best of 13 goals in 23 appearances with the Earthquakes.[9]

On April 14, 2013, during the 60th minute of a match with the Portland Timbers, Gordon was caught on camera using the word "Faggot" in reference to Portland midfielder Will Johnson. Gordon was suspended for three matches following the incident, in addition to the one-match ban he received for drawing a red card in the 78th minute of the same match.[10]

International[edit]

Gordon earned his first call-up to the United States men's national soccer team on August 13, 2012, in advance of a friendly match against Mexico on August 15. Gordon was again called up in October 2012 to prepare for the final two matches in the semifinal round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made his first international appearance on October 12, 2012 as a substitute against Antigua and Barbuda, where he provided a critical assist to Eddie Johnson, who scored a 90th minute game-winning goal.

He was called into the squad for the 2013 Gold Cup, after the USA advanced to the knockout stages. He did not play however, as the USA won the tournament.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2004 Portland Timbers USL A-League 27 17 2 0 2 0 31 17
Los Angeles Galaxy (loan) Major League Soccer 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
2005 Los Angeles Galaxy 5 0 1 0 3 0 9 0
2006 17 4 4 3 0 0 21 7
Portland Timbers (loan) USL First Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
2007 Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer 14 3 0 0 4 3 18 6
2008 26 5 0 0 26 5
2009 22 3 0 0 3 0 27 3
2010 12 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 16 1
Chivas USA 9 1 0 0 9 1
Canada League Voyageurs Cup League Cup North America Total
2011 Toronto FC Major League Soccer 8 4 2 2 0 0 10 6
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2011 San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer 2 1 0 0 2 1
2012 23 13 2 0 0 0 25 13
2013 24 4 2 0 0 0 1 1 27 5
Total USA 185 52 13 3 9 0 7 4 214 59
Canada 8 4 2 2 0 0 10 6
Career total 193 56 15 5 9 0 7 4 224 65


stats accurate as of March 14, 2014.

  • CCL play for 2013 San Jose has matches played in 2014 but was still the 2013 edition of the tourney

Honors[edit]

Team[edit]

Portland Timbers
Los Angeles Galaxy
Toronto FC
San Jose Earthquakes

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prost Amerika[dead link]
  2. ^ "Whitecaps FC select ten players in MLS 2010 Expansion Draft - Trade four selections to three MLS clubs". Whitecapsfc.com. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  3. ^ "Toronto FC Acquires Nick LaBrocca: Reds acquire Gordon". Torontofc.ca. 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Martina Brace Leads The Way". Toronto FC. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Gordon Goal Gifts Reds a Draw". Toronto FC. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Reds Pull off shocker against Galaxy". Toronto Sun. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Toronto FC trades Attakora, picks up Dunfield". CBC News. 14 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "San Jose Earthquakes re-sign forward Alan Gordon - San Jose Mercury News". Mercurynews.com. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  9. ^ Alan Gordon (1981-10-16). "Alan Gordon | San Jose Earthquakes". Sjearthquakes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  10. ^ MLS Communications (2013-04-16). "San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon gets three-game suspension for homophobic slur". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 

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