Andrew Ornoch

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Andrew Ornoch
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Personal information
Full name Andrzej Mateusz Ornoch
Date of birth (1985-08-21) 21 August 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Warsaw, Poland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder/Forward
Club information
Current team
Vaughan Azzurri
Youth career
1995–1999 North Scarborough
1999–2001 PSA Toronto
2002–2005 Erin Mills
2003–2005 University of Detroit Mercy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Lombard-Pápa 34 (10)
2008–2009 Esbjerg 13 (1)
2009–2010 Heracles Almelo 1 (0)
2010 BV Veendam 9 (3)
2011 Mississauga Eagles FC 3 (1)
2011 Telstar 7 (1)
National team
2006– Canada 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 September 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 December 2009

Andrew Ornoch (born 21 August 1985 in Warsaw) is a Polish-born Canadian professional footballer who currently plays for Vaughan Azzurri, in League1 Ontario. He attended St. John Fisher Catholic elementary school and Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, Ontario.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Ornoch, a midfielder, began playing football for the renowned North Scarborough Soccer Club, known for producing international players such as Julián de Guzmán formerly of Deportivo de La Coruña, Jonathan de Guzmán of Feyenoord, Atiba Hutchinson of F.C. Copenhagen and Dave Simpson of Sparta Prague. From there he went on to Erin Mills Soccer Club, one of Canada's leading clubs that also produced players such as Dave Simpson. After which he earned an Athletic Scholarship to the University of Detroit Mercy where he was named Horizon League player of the year and offensive player of the year in 2005 on the way to leading the team to its first ever Horizon League Championship. He is the 4th All-Time top scorer in the History of University of Detroit Mercy.[1]

Lombard-Pápa[edit]

In the spring of 2006 Andrew Ornoch departed from school a year early in order to play professional soccer in the Borsodi liga, the top division in Hungary. Soon after Andrew joined Lombard-Pápa TFC, where compatriot Dave Simpson also played, the team was relegated due to financial issues. He stayed with Pápa a full season at the Hungarian 2nd level but left them halfway his 2nd season.

Esbjerg[edit]

In 2008 Andrew went on to sign a 4-year contract with Esbjerg fB in the Danish Superliga where he joined fellow Canadians Atiba Hutchinson of Copenhagen and Issey Nakajima-Farran of Nordsjælland.

Heracles Almelo[edit]

On 30 August 2009 he joined Dutch club Heracles Almelo,[2] a former club of another fellow countryman, Rob Friend. On 26 August 2010, Ornoch joined Dutch Jupiler League club BV Veendam and scored his first goal in his second appearance versus Emmen on 3 September 2010.[3] It was heavily rumoured that Ornoch was set to sign for Toronto FC of Major League Soccer prior to the 2011 season. However in late January it was released that the deal fell through due to Aron Winter, the coaches lack of interest. Several sources say that Ornoch was upset by the decision, claiming that TFC advised him to buy himself out of his contract in Europe before pulling an implied offer off the table.[4]

Return To Europe, SC Telstar[edit]

After a brief stint in the Canadian Soccer League with Mississauga Eagles FC Ornoch returned to the Netherlands to play in the Eerste Divisie with Telstar. He made his debut for the team on 5 August 2011 against FC Dordrecht scoring one goal, the game ended in a 3–0 victory for Telstar.

International career[edit]

Ornoch made his debut for Canada in a November 2006 friendly match against Hungary, the country where he then played his club football. By December 2009, he earned a total of 3 caps, all as a sub, scoring no goals. He has so far represented Canada in 1 FIFA World Cup qualification match.[5]

Dutch Connections FC[edit]

Ornoch founded a football camp for youth along with Jörg van Nieuwenhuijzen to help kids in Canada improve their skills using a Dutch approach. Dutch Connections FC offers the best player from each camp a trial with a professional club in the Netherlands.[6] Van Nieuwenhuijzen and Ornoch played together for Heracles Almelo.

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