Andy Dorman

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Andy Dorman
Andy Dorman 2009-07-28.jpg
Dorman playing for St. Mirren
Personal information
Full name Andrew Dorman
Date of birth (1982-05-01) 1 May 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Chester, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New England Revolution
Number 12
Youth career
2000–2003 Boston University Terriers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 New England Revolution 112 (17)
2008–2010 St. Mirren 88 (19)
2010–2012 Crystal Palace 21 (1)
2011–2012 Bristol Rovers (loan) 25 (2)
2013– New England Revolution 22 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Wales 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:46, 27 May 2010 (UTC)

Andrew "Andy" Dorman (born 1 May 1982) is a Welsh international footballer who currently plays for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.

Born in England of English parents, he grew up in Wales and represented the Wales schools team, eventually gaining full senior international recognition when FIFA amended its rules on eligibility. He has played professionally in the United States, Scotland, and England.

Club career[edit]

New England[edit]

Dorman moved to the United States to attend Boston University, where he was a standout for the school's college soccer team. After graduating, Dorman was drafted 58th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution, and succeeded in making the team's 2004 developmental roster. Dorman made his debut for New England, coming on for Daouda Kanté in a late minutes, in a 3–1 loss against San Jose Earthquakes on 17 April 2004. In his first season with the Revs, Dorman clocked only 365 minutes, but scored two goals and an assist in that time, evincing an attacking flair.

The 2006 season was truly a break-out year for Dorman,[1] as he played in all 32 games for the Revs, scoring 6 goals and assisting on 10 others. During a season when many Revolution players missed time due to injury, suspension, or international duty, Dorman was forced to play many roles and positions. His diligence and creativity on the attack gained the attention and respect of many around the league, and he was named the 2006 "Man of the Year" by the Midnight Riders, the Revolution's independent supporters group.

St. Mirren[edit]

While Dorman wanted to re-sign with New England in MLS, contract negotiations fell through[2] and so Dorman agreed to sign with Scottish Premier League outfit St Mirren.[3] Upon joining St. Mirren, team-mate Jay Heaps say Dorman as a 'world class'.[4] One year on, Dorman revealed upon signing for St. Mirren, he doesn't know the location of the place (Paisley) is.[5] He made his debut during a home league match against Motherwell on 19 January 2008, and provided an early assist in a 3–1 victory. Dorman then scored a winning goal in a Scottish Cup replay against Dundee United and soon after, he scored against them in a 1–1 draw one month later.

His performances for St Mirren during 2008–09 led to many teams watching the midfielder with a view to bringing him into their side. Teams known to be interested included Rangers,[6] Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers. Dorman's contract with St. Mirren included a club option of an extra year, which was exercised in March 2009[7] after he was voted Scottish Premier League player of the month for February 2009[8] and another player of the month for April 2009.[9] Dorman spoken out about his transfer speculation, stating that he doesn't pay attention to the rumours[10] and insists he's happy at St. Mirren,[11] while manager Gus MacPherson says he only let Dorman leave for £1 million.[12] Dorman finished the season as St Mirren's joint top scorer (with Billy Mehmet) with 12 goals each.

However the following season for Dorman couldn't produced his form like last season and unable to rediscover his goalscoring form but still, the clubs are still tracking him like Championship side Watford[13] Shortly after the transfer headlines, Dorman suffered a hamstring injury, ruling him out for six weeks after coming off in the first half in a 3–1 loss against Celtic.[14] In the next meeting against Celtic on 24 March 2010, Dorman scored a brace in a 4–0 win over Celtic.[15] After the match, MacPherson praised the player's, including Dorman, himself.[16] In mid April, Dorman scored three goals in the three games, including against Falkirk, St. Johnstone and Kilmarnock. Dorman finished the season as St Mirren's league top scorer, with Billy Mehmet with 12 goals each in all appearance. At the end of the season, Dorman announced his intention to leave St. Mirren, ending a two-years association with the club,[17] with Championship side Portsmouth keen to sign him.[18]

Crystal Palace[edit]

After his contract at St Mirren expired, Dorman made the move to England to join Championship side Crystal Palace.[19] On the opening day of the season, Dorman made his debut in a 3–2 win over Leicester City; two-month later, Dorman scored his first goal in a 4–3 loss against Preston. Soon after, Dorman made a slow start to life with the Eagles and soon dropped out of the Palace first-team after the sacking of George Burley. Though fallen out, Burley successor Dougie Freedman says out of favour players Dorman and Owen Garvan do have a future[20]

On 31 August 2012, Dorman had his contract terminated by mutual consent despite his contract expected to end next season.[21]

Loan at Bristol Rovers[edit]

His second season in south London saw him limited to appearances for Palace's reserve team, and so Dorman made the move to League Two side Bristol Rovers on a loan deal in November 2011.[22] He made his debut for Rovers on 12 November in the FA Cup 3–1 win against Corby Town; Seven days later, Dorman made his debut for the club in a 2–0 loss against Barnet. Dorman had initially signed until 2 January and then it was extended by a further month.[23] On 27 January 2012, he signed for the rest of the season, along with four players.[24] On 25 February 2012, Dorman scored his first goal in a 1–0 win over Rotherham United[25] After scoring his first goal, Dorman spoke out his frustration of wanting to get playing time after having his career revived at Bristol Rovers[26] Dorman also says he had experienced to play under three manager and keeping things positive[27] Towards the end of the season, Dorman scored his second goal in a 5–1 win over Accrington Stanley. After a loan spell at Bristol Rovers, Dorman desire to return to the club for the second time, having not ruling out.[28]

Return to New England[edit]

Dorman re-signed with New England Revolution on 15 November 2012.[29][30]

Career statistics[edit]

(correct as of 5 May 2012)
Club Season League Cup[31] Europe Play-Offs Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
New England Revolution 2004 20 2 1 1 0 0 - - - - - - 20 2 1
2005 30 2 5 1 1 ? - - - - - - 31 3 5
2006 32 6 10 1 0 ? - - - 4 0 1 37 6 11
2007 30 7 3 4 1 0 - - - 1 0 0 35 8 3
Total 112 17 19 7 2 ? - - - 5 0 1 124 19 20
St. Mirren 2007–08 18 3 2 3 2 0 - - - - - - 21 5 2
2008–09 36 10 4 6 2 0 - - - - - - 42 12 4
2009–10 34 6 4 8 1 0 - - - - - - 42 7 4
Total 88 19 10 17 5 0 - - - - - - 105 24 10
Crystal Palace 2010–11 20 1 1 3 0 0 - - - - - - 23 1 1
2011–12 1 0 0 2 0 0 - - - - - - 3 0 0
Total 21 1 1 5 0 0 - - - - - - 26 1 1
Bristol Rovers 2011–12 (loan) 25 2 1 3 0 0 - - - - - - 28 2 1
Career totals 246 39 32 31 7 0 - - - 4 0 1 282 46 30

International career[edit]

Although he was born in England of English parents, Dorman grew up in Wales, and represented the Welsh schools team.[32] He expressed interest in either playing for England, Wales or gaining American citizenship and playing for the United States, having lived there for over seven years. Dorman had moved to America to attend Boston University, where he was named a two-time All-New England player.

Although Dorman considers himself to be Welsh, he was not eligible to play for Wales as he was born in England and none of his parents or grandparents were born in Wales. In October 2009, however, FIFA ratified changes which allow players with 5 years compulsory education in a country before the age of 16 to represent that country, which made Dorman eligible to represent Wales. Dorman was included in the squad to play against Scotland on 14 November 2009 when, ironically, he was playing his club football for Scottish team St. Mirren. Wales won 3–0, but he stayed on the bench for the whole game. Dorman made his debut for the Wales national football team on 23 May 2010 against Croatia at the Stadion Gradski.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Dorman has said his idol is Michael Owen. He attended Hawarden High School where Owen and the late Gary Speed also attended.[34]

His brother is fellow player Richie Dorman.[35]

Honours[edit]

New England Revolution[edit]

St Mirren[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gasper, Christopher L. (2 July 2006). "Dorman making most of extra time". Boston Globe. 
  2. ^ Dorman Wanted MLS Stay soccer365.com
  3. ^ "Saints secure Revolution's Dorman". BBC. 30 December 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Saints Signing Hailed As 'World Class". Daily Record. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "I didn't know where St Mirren were when they came in for me, admits player of the month Andy Dorman". Daily Record. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Rangers eye up Dorman, News of the World, 18 April 2009.
  7. ^ "Dorman seals new St Mirren deal". BBC. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Double celebrations for St Mirren star Andy Dorman as he's named player of the month". Daily Record. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dorman lands April player award". BBC. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dorman brushes off rumours". Sky Sports. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dorman happy to stay put". Sky Sports. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Dorman's the million pound man". Paisley Daily Express. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Watford eye transfer window move for St Mirren pair". Daily Record. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "St Mirren rocked by Dorman injury". BBC. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "SPL: St Mirren 4 Celtic 0". Daily Record. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Manager Gus MacPherson hails four-star St Mirren". BBC. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Midfielder Andy Dorman's St Mirren exit confirmed". BBC. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Portsmouth close in on move for St Mirren midfielder Andy Dorman". Daily Record. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Exclusive : Two New Signings". Crystal Palace FC. 19 August 2010. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Freedman backs Palace duo". Sky Sports. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Dorman departs". The Holmesdale Online. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Crystal Palace's Andy Dorman joins Bristol Rovers on loan". BBC. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Dorman prolongs Pirates stay". Sky Sports. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Bristol Rovers seal deals to keep four loan stars". This is Bristol. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "McGhee glee after late show". Sky Sports. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "Dorman finds form at Pirates". Sky Sports. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "Dorman: Pirates plain sailing". Sky Sports. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  28. ^ "Dorman unsure of future". Sky Sports. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  29. ^ "Andy Dorman returns to New England Revolution". Goal.com. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  30. ^ "Revs re-sign Andy Dorman". New England Revolution Page. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  31. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield
  32. ^ Wales stars out of Scots friendly, BBC Sport, 9 November 2009.
  33. ^ "Croatia 2–0 Wales". BBC Sport. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  34. ^ "Progress of Michael Owen made me want to be a success, says St Mirren star Andy Dorman". Daily Record. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  35. ^ "Airbus UK Broughton: Richie Dorman signs six-month deal with Finnish side". Daily Post. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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