Dennis Chin

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Dennis Chin
Personal information
Full name Dennis Chin
Date of birth (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2005–2008 Rollins Tars
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Central Florida Kraze 56 (10)
2011–2014 Orlando City 84 (21)
2013 San Antonio Scorpions (loan) 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 18, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dennis Chin (born June 4, 1987 in Kingston, Jamaica) is an Jamaican footballer who most recently played for Orlando City in USL Pro, the third tier of the American soccer pyramid.

Career[edit]

College and amateur[edit]

Chin was born in Kingston, Jamaica to a Jamaican mother and a Chinese Jamaican father. He moved to the US when he was ten and attended Oviedo High School, before playing college soccer at Rollins College from 2005 through 2007. He scored 7 goals and 3 assists in each of his junior and senior years (2006 and 2007).[1] During his time at Rollins, he also played for the Central Florida Kraze of the USL Premier Development League from 2005 to 2010.[2]

Professional[edit]

Chin turned professional when he signed with Orlando City of the USL Professional Division in 2011.[3] He made his professional debut on May 14, 2011, coming on as a second half substitute in a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.[4] He then scored a goal and provided two assists in their first round match in the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in a 4-0 win over ASC New Stars.[5] After spending the early portion of the 2011 season learning Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath's system, Chin came alive in the later part of the campaign and became known as the super-sub. As a result, the speedster ended his rookie season with four goals, two of which came during the Lions' memorable three-game playoff run, which saw the club secure its first USL PRO Championship.

In December 2011, Orlando signed Chin to a contract extension through the 2014 season.[6]

Moving into his second season, Chin's confident play towards the end of his rookie year certainly carried over into his second term with the club. Dennis transitioned from his super-sub role, held in year one, to become the primary goal-scorer for the Lions. Chin's first goal came just three minutes into their first game of the season against the Charlotte Eagles, and would set the tone for the kind of year he was about to embark on. All season long, Chin's pace and finishing ability caused problems for opposing teams' back lines and led to the striker scoring 11 goals during league play, which was a team record. Those 11 goals were also good for best in the league and saw Chin finish as Top Goal Scorer and Scoring Champion (27 points) of the USL Pro in only his second season as a professional. In addition, Chin also notched three assists during league play and also scored in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City.

Chin's impressive play led to the Oviedo native being named to the USL Pro All-League first team, while also being nominated for USL Pro Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Central Florida Athlete of the Year. Dennis also accepted invitations to train with MLS sides Chicago Fire and D.C. United during the 2012 off-season.

In his third year with Orlando City, Chin was once again an integral part of the Lions' Championship run. After notching five goals and five assists in the regular season, Chin was lethal in the playoffs and recorded four goals and three assists, in three games played, leading the USL Pro playoffs in both categories. Two of those four goals were scored in the USL Pro Championship match and helped Orlando City secure its second USL Pro title, after being upset by the Wilmington Hammerheads in the year prior. He was released upon the conclusion of the 2014 season, a casualty of the club's transition to Major League Soccer.[7]

Honours[edit]

Orlando City[edit]

  • USL Pro Championship 2011
  • USL Pro Commissioner's Cup 2011
  • USL Pro Commissioner's Cup 2012
  • USL Pro Top Goal Scorer 2012
  • USL Pro Scoring Champion 2012
  • USL Pro First Team All-League 2012
  • USL Pro MVP Candidate 2012
  • Central Florida Athlete of the Year Nominee 2012
  • USL Pro Championship 2013
  • USL Pro Commissioner's Cup 2014

Personal life[edit]

Chin's great grandparents came from Guangdong, China and they are Hakka.[citation needed] His last name Chin in Chinese is (Chen).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dennis Chin - Rollins College Athletics - RollinsSports.com". rollinssports.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  2. ^ "Orlando City Soccer Club: News". orlandocitysoccer.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  3. ^ Orlando City Signs Valentino
  4. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". uslpro.uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  5. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". uslpro.uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  6. ^ "Orlando City Soccer Club: News". orlandocitysoccer.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  7. ^ Radcliffe, Jeff (16 September 2014). "13 Orlando City players released as part of Major League Soccer transition". Bright House Sports Network. Retrieved 22 December 2014.