Dan Keat

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Dan Keat
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Phillip Keat[1]
Date of birth (1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Barnstaple, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Falkenberg
Number 21
Youth career
1994–2002 Stokes Valley
2006–2010 Dartmouth Big Green
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Western Suburbs 0 (0)
2004–2006 Team Wellington 28 (5)
2009–2010 Team Wellington 7 (0)
2011–2012 Los Angeles Galaxy 6 (0)
2013– Falkenberg 38 (6)
National team
2007 New Zealand U20 6 (4)
2008 New Zealand U23 3 (0)
2012– New Zealand 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2013

Daniel Phillip Keat (born 28 September 1987) is a New Zealand footballer who plays for Swedish Allsvenskan side Falkenbergs FF. Keat's main playing position is in central midfield and can play in either an attacking or holding role.

Amateur career[edit]

His hometown is Lower Hutt, where he attended Hutt International Boys' School in Upper Hutt and was named Sportsman of the Year in 2004 and 2005. He was also named the College Sport Wellington 2005 Sportsperson of the Year for his achievements in football. Keat made 28 appearances for Team Wellington in the New Zealand Football Championship before making his way to the United States to take up a football scholarship with Dartmouth College. However, the Ivy League does not offer "football scholarships" or scholarships for any sport.

Dartmouth College[edit]

At the end of high school in 2006, Keat began his undergraduate education with fellow New Zealand U-20 soon-to-be teammate Craig Henderson at Dartmouth College and has since graduated with a government major.

Keat has earned All-American status and on the back of a stellar 2009 season, was named in the All-Ivy first team and the NSCAA All-Northeast squads.[2] This led to trials with Scottish Premier league giants Rangers F.C. and also another trial at England's Blackburn Rovers.

Professional career[edit]

In 2004, Keat was offered a month-long trial with Premier League club Blackburn Rovers, however a fractured ankle suffered playing school football two weeks before he was set to leave looked to have scuttled his chance. Blackburn opted to wait for Keat to recover and offered him a new trial opportunity in January 2005. Unfortunately, Keat's trial was unsuccessful and he returned to the NZFC for round 12 of the 2005-06 season.

Los Angeles[edit]

Keat was selected third overall in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He has already signed a contract with Major League Soccer.[3] After recovering for two months from the heel fracture he suffered during pre-season training Keat made his senior debut in a friendly versus Real Madrid.[4]

Keat's 2013 option was not taken by Los Angeles at the end of the 2012 MLS season.[5]

Falkenbergs FF[edit]

After leaving Los Angeles, Keat signed with Falkenbergs FF in the Swedish Superettan.[6] Keat was part of the Falkenbergs FF side that won the 2013 Superettan. Keat made 20 appearances and scored 4 goals.

International career[edit]

Keat captained the under 20's while scoring 4 times in 6 games in qualifying for their first appearance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, in Canada 2007.

In their World Cup build up, Keat scored a goal in a friendly match against Wellington A-League franchise Wellington Phoenix in a 2-1 upset win.[7]

He was also a part of the Under 23's in their qualifying campaign to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, however after playing all 5 qualifying games he suffered a devastating knee injury while playing for his University side Dartmouth College in the USA and was missed the entire tournament.[8]

Keat made his debut with the full national team on 29 February 2012 against Jamaica. He came on in the 64th minute for Michael McGlinchey.[9]

International goals and caps[edit]

New Zealand's goal tally first.

International career statistics[edit]

[10]

New Zealand national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 4 0
2013 1 0
Total 5 0

Honors[edit]

Los Angeles Galaxy[edit]

Falkenbergs FF[edit]

References[edit]

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