Andrew Dykstra

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Andrew Dykstra
Personal information
Full name Andrew Dykstra
Date of birth (1986-01-02) January 2, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
D.C. United
Number 50
Youth career
2004–2008 VCU Rams
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Richmond Kickers Future 45 (0)
2009–2010 Chicago Fire 17 (0)
2011 Charleston Battery 13 (0)
2012– D.C. United 4 (0)
2012 Charleston Battery (loan) 19 (0)
2013 Richmond Kickers (loan) 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 12 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andrew Dykstra (born January 2, 1986 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American soccer player currently playing for D.C. United in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

College and amateur[edit]

Dykstra grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia, attended Osbourn Park High School, and played college soccer at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2004 to 2008, redshirting in his first year. He was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team as a freshman in 2005, and played in all 18 matches for VCU in his senior season, being named to the All-CAA Second Team and recognized as the goalkeeper on the 2008 Scholar All-East Third Team.

During his college years Dykstra also played four seasons in the USL Premier Development League for Richmond Kickers Future.

Professional[edit]

Undrafted out of college, Dykstra was signed to Chicago Fire's developmental roster on 6 April 2009[1] and signed to a senior roster spot later in June 2009.[2] He made his full professional debut for Fire on 30 June 2009, in a US Open Cup third round game against Wilmington Hammerheads.[3]

Dykstra became the Fire's number one goalkeeper just prior to the 2010 season, when the new coaching staff, in a surprise last-minute move, chose to waive starting goalkeeper Jon Busch.[4] He made his MLS debut on 27 March 2010, in Chicago's 2010 season opener against the New York Red Bulls[5]

On January 31, 2011, the Fire announced that they released Dykstra after two seasons with the club.[6] Dykstra signed with Charleston Battery of the USL Pro league on March 23, 2011.[7]

On August 12, 2011, Dykstra was named Most Valuable Player at the final league game of the regular season, in recognition for his successful season in which he led the USL Pro League in lowest Goals Against Average and fewest goals allowed.[8]

During the 2014 season, Dykstra started for the first time in the MLS since 2010 for three matches to replace injured goalkeeper Bill Hamid. Dykstra performed "admirably" allowing only one goal. [9] Later in the same season, Dykstra started for a friendly game against Fulham FC where he suffered a ruptured Achilles and was ruled out for the rest of the season.[10]

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