Baggio Husidić

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Adis Hušidić
Adis Husidic, 2013-04-14a.JPG
Personal information
Full name Adis Hušidić
Date of birth (1987-05-19) 19 May 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Velika Kladuša, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
LA Galaxy
Number 6
Youth career
2006–2008 UIC Flames
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Chicago Fire 50 (6)
2012–2013 Hammarby IF 41 (1)
2014– LA Galaxy 33 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Adis "Baggio" Hušidić (born 19 May 1987) is a Bosnian footballer who plays for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer.

Early life[edit]

Hušidić was born in northwestern Bosnia in the former Yugoslavia prior to the breakup of the country in 1992. Hušidić and his family fled Bosnia in the mid-1990s to escape the conflict, spending time in a refugee camp in southern Croatia, and living in Hamburg, Germany for several years, before eventually settling in Libertyville, Illinois in 1997, and growing up as a US citizen.

Career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Hušidić attended Libertyville High School. He also played club soccer for Sockers FC Chicago, who he helped reach state, regional and national championship tournaments. He played college soccer at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2006 to 2008, where he was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team as a freshman, and to the All-Horizon League First Team as a sophomore in 2007.

Professional[edit]

Baggio Hušidić playing for the Chicago Fire.

Husidić was drafted in the second round (20th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by Chicago Fire, and signed a Generation Adidas contract. He made his professional debut on 28 May 2009, coming on as a late substitute for Gonzalo Segares in a game against Chivas USA.[1] He scored his first career professional goal on 24 April 2010 in a game against Houston Dynamo.[2]

It was announced on 18 November 2010 that Hušidić would graduate from the MLS Generation Adidas program at the end of the 2010 season. Baggio had his breakout season in 2010. He proved to be a vital part of the Fire, scoring goals and filling in voids in the midfield.[3]

Hušidić didn't have a great season in 2011 and received only limited playing time. At season's end, Chicago declined his 2012 contract option and he entered the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Hušidić was selected by Colorado Rapids in stage 2 of the draft on 12 December 2011.[4] However, Hušidić spurned Colorado and instead signed with Swedish second division side Hammarby IF on 23 December 2011.[5]

Despite still being with Hammarby, LA Galaxy acquired the MLS rights to Hušidić in a trade with Colorado on 17 June 2013.[6] On 11 November 2013, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed that the team had signed Hušidić from Hammarby.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Husidić was given the nickname 'Baggio' (after Italian player Roberto Baggio) at a young age by his father.[8]

Husidić earned his U.S. citizenship while in college.[9]

Honours[edit]

LA Galaxy

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://web.mlsnet.com/scoreboard/game.jsp?match=05282009_CHICHV
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/generation-adidas-players-graduate-seasons-end Generation adidas players to graduate at season's end
  4. ^ "Stage 2 of Re-Entry Draft highlighted by busy Galaxy". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Husidic completes deal to join Berhalter at Hammarby". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "LA Galaxy's Bruce Arena will contact Gregg Berhalter to gauge Baggio Husidic's interest in MLS return". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bruce Arena confirms the signing of Baggio Hušidić and re-signing of Todd Dunivant". lagalaxy.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "UIC soccer star Baggio Husidic a long way from Bosnia". Chicago Tribune. 11 January 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  9. ^ Los Angeles Times (19 April 2014). "Soccer is Baggio Husidic's sanctuary". latimes.com. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 

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