Chris Gbandi

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Chris Gbandi
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Personal information
Full name Chris Gbandi
Date of birth (1979-04-07) April 7, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Bong Mines, Liberia
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Left Back
Youth career
1999–2001 Connecticut Huskies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 FC Dallas 111 (3)
2008–2009 Haugesund 37 (5)
2010 Miami FC 19 (0)
National team
2004 Liberia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 25, 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 16, 2006

Chris Gbandi (born April 7, 1979 in Bong Mines) is a retired Liberian footballer.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Gbandi played college soccer at the University of Connecticut, where he was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 1999 and 2001, and a winner in 2000 (he was named First Team All-American during his last two years in college).

Professional[edit]

Gbandi was drafted with the first overall pick of the 2002 MLS SuperDraft by Dallas Burn, but missed all of the 2002 season while rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). He returned in the 2003 season, where he registered one goal and two assists after playing 22 games in a disappointing campaign for the Burn. Gbandi played in another 23 games in 2004. In 2005, Gbandi made 17 appearances, all starts, and scored what happened to be the last goal ever scored at the Cotton Bowl by an FC Dallas player. [5] 2006 was his best season yet, Gbandi played in 28 games and earned FC Dallas's defender of the year honors. Over the off season Gbandi had a trial with IK Start, but nothing became of it.[1]

2007 was another good year for Gbandi, he made 21 appearances and scored a spectacular goal against Real Salt Lake.[2]

On February 8, 2008, he completed a transfer to Norwegian club FK Haugesund,[3] where he spent the next two seasons, scoring 5 goals in 37 appearances for the team.

Gbandi returned to the United States in 2010 when he signed with USSF Division 2 club Miami FC.[4]

International[edit]

It was speculated that Gbandi might cap for the United States national team, however, in 2004 he accepted an offer from the Liberian national team to compete in the 2006 World Cup Qualifiers, making him ineligible for the US squad.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

[6]

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
2002 Dallas Major League Soccer 0 0
2003 22 1
2004 23 0
2005 17 1
2006 28 0
2007 21 1
Norway League Norwegian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008 Haugesund First Division
Total USA 111 3
Norway 0 0
Career total 111 3

Personal[edit]

Gbandi's brother, Sandy Gbandi, is also a professional soccer player.

Gbandi also scored three goals in a scrimmage to beat Claudio Ferre's U-16 side.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ http://www.nasl.com/news.php?id=83
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ "Chris Gbandi". National Football Teams. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 

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