Bakary Soumaré

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Bakary Soumare
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Personal information
Date of birth (1985-11-09) 9 November 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Bamako, Mali
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Chicago Fire
Number 4
Youth career
2002–2005 La Salle Cardinals
2005–2006 Virginia Cavaliers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Chicago Fire 63 (0)
2009–2012 US Boulogne 67 (2)
2012 Karlsruher SC (loan) 7 (0)
2012–2013 Philadelphia Union 4 (0)
2013– Chicago Fire 48 (1)
National team
2009–2014 Mali 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:24, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Bakary Soumare (born 9 November 1985) is a Malian international footballer who plays professionally for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, playing in central defense. Soumaré is tall, quick and rangy, with the speed to recover and close down forwards.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Bamako, Mali, Soumare grew up in New York City and spent some time in Paris during his youth.[2] Soumare attended the La Salle Academy, before attending the University of Virginia.[3]

Club career[edit]

Chicago Fire (2007-09)[edit]

Soumaré was drafted 2nd overall by the Chicago Fire in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.[4] After appearing on a substitute bench several time, Soumaré made his debut, coming on for Brian Plotkin, in a 0-0 draw against Real Salt Lake on 27 May 2007; on 1 July 2007, Soumaré received a straight red card for a violent conduct in a 0-0 draw against Colorado Rapids.

Soumaré in a match against D.C. United on 8 May 2008, which Chicago won 2-0.

He since established himself in the first team. During the 2008 season, Soumare scored an own goal against the team, which he played his first game against, in a 1-1 draw on the opening game of the season. Despite this, he was later nominated for the MLS Defender of the Year award, alongside Jimmy Conrad and eventual winner Chad Marshall.[5] On 31 May 2009, Soumaré's aggressive on-field play continued as he received a red card after a second bookable offence in a 3-0 loss against Dallas. In August 2009, Soumare was fined for being involved in a fight with manager Denis Hamlett during the half-time interval of their game against Houston Dynamo.[6]

France[edit]

In August 2009, Soumaré joined French club US Boulogne on a four-year contract, for a reported fee of $2.200.000[7] Soumaré made his debut for the club on 19 August 2009, in a 2-0 loss against Ligue 1 champion Bordeaux. On 20 March 2010 Soumaré received a straight red card in a 3-0 loss against Paris Saint-Germain. At the end of the season Boulogne was relegated to Ligue 2 while Soumaré was promoted as captain ahead of the new season.[8] Soumaré scored his first goal of his career in a 1-0 win over Reims on 29 October 2010; his second came on his last game of the season in a 3-2 win over Tours on 22 April 2011. A clause in his contract allowed him to go on a loan when Boulogne got relegated. US Boulogne loaned Soumare out for a fee of 500.000 Euros.[9] In total, Soumaré made 65 league appearances for Boulogne.[10]

Germany[edit]

In January 2012, Soumaré signed for German club Karlsruher SC on loan until the end of the 2011-12 season, having previously linked with 2. Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf and Ingolstadt 04.[11][12] Soumaré made his debut on 5 February in a 2-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue. However, his season got cut short due to a knee injury.[13] The club was relegated to 3. Fußball-Liga.

Philadelphia Union[edit]

Soumaré returned to Major League Soccer when he signed with Philadelphia Union on 26 June 2012.[14] Philadelphia traded with Vancouver Whitecaps FC to move up in the MLS Allocation Order and gain the right to sign Soumaré. Bakary made his first return in MLS since leaving Chicago Fire, in a 3-1 loss against his former club on 13 August 2012. In September 2012 he had an exploratory follow-up to the major knee surgery he underwent in April 2012.[15]

Return to Chicago Fire[edit]

After playing back-to-back games against his old club, the Philadelphia Union traded Soumaré back to the Chicago Fire on 23 May 2013 — Soumaré had asked the Union front office for a trade back in March due to a lack of playing time.[16]

International[edit]

Soumaré had expressed a desire to represent the United States at international level once he would become an American citizen. At the time of the announcement, he believed he would have his citizenship by sometime in 2009.[4] After that wasn't possible, Soumaré declared himself for Mali, making his debut in 2009. In the Africa Cup of Nations, Soumaré was in a squad and made two appearances, playing 90 minutes and receiving a yellow card, resulting in a miss for one game.[citation needed]

Personal[edit]

Soumaré also holds American citizenship.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 15 May 2013[18][19][20]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2007 Chicago Fire Major League Soccer 19 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
2008 28 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 33 0
2009 16 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2009–10 US Boulogne Ligue 1 20 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 23 0
2010–11 Ligue 2 31 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 37 2
2011–12 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2011–12 Karlsruher SC 2. Bundesliga 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2012 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total USA 67 0 5 0 3 0 0 0 77 0
France 67 2 4 0 6 0 0 0 77 2
Germany 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Career total 141 2 9 0 9 0 0 0 159 2

Honors[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No clear top prospect among the defenders". ESPN Soccernet. 28 December 2006. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "What Ever Happened To ... Bakary Soumare". MLS Soccer. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bakary Soumare". Virginia Sports. 
  4. ^ a b Ives Galarcep (3 November 2008). "Bakary Soumare will play for Mali". SoccerByIves.net. Archived from the original on 14 April 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Allan Ramsay (6 November 2008). "Columbus' Marshall wins MLS Defender of the Year". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Ives Galarcep (15 August 2009). "Chicago Fire to fine Hamlett and Soumare for locker-room fight". SoccerByIves.net. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Ives Galarcep (24 August 2009). "Bakary Soumare sold to French club Boulogne". SoccerByIves.net. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Nick Firchau (10 February 2012). "What Ever Happened To ... Bakary Soumare". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Boulogne B.Soumaré tracked in Germany (in French:Boulogne : B.Soumaré pisté en Allemagne)" (in French). Football365. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Bakary Soumaré French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
  11. ^ "Official: Bakary Soumare transferred to Karlsruhe on a loan". Soccer Fame. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "KSC: Bakary Soumaré already in the approach (in German:" (in German). Ka-News.de. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Bakary Soumare Will Miss the Rest of the Season: MLS Fan View". Yahoo! Eurosport. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Union sign central defender Bakary Soumare". Philadelphia Union. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Union playing it safe as Soumare undergoes minor surgery". MLS Soccer. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Union trade Bakary Soumaré to Chicago Fire". 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/02/10/what-ever-happened-bakary-soumare
  18. ^ MLS profile
  19. ^ Bakary Soumaré profile at Soccerway
  20. ^ Bakary Soumaré at National-Football-Teams.com

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