Baggio Husidić

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Baggio 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 n youthyears1 = 2006–2008
Youth career
UIC Flames
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Chicago Fire 50 (6)
2012–2013 Hammarby IF 41 (1)
2014– LA Galaxy 15 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 14, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Adis "Baggio" Hušidić (born 19 May 1987) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Los Angeles 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 in 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 May 28, 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 April 24, 2010 in a game against Houston Dynamo.[2]

It was announced on November 18, 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 December 12, 2011.[4] However, Hušidić spurned Colorado and instead signed with Swedish second division side Hammarby IF on December 23, 2011.[5]

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

Personal[edit]

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

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