Eduardo Sebrango

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Eduardo Sebrango
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Personal information
Full name Eduardo Cebranco Rodríguez
Date of birth (1973-04-13) 13 April 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1984–1991 Sancti Spíritus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1998 Sancti Spíritus 123 (75)
1999 Vancouver 86ers 27 (18)
2000 Rochester Raging Rhinos 24 (6)
2001 Hershey Wildcats 16 (8)
2002–2005 Montreal Impact 83 (36)
2006–2008 Vancouver Whitecaps 54 (21)
2009–2011 Montreal Impact (USL/NASL) 64 (15)
2012 Montreal Impact 7 (0)
Total 398 (179)
National team
1996–1998 Cuba 24 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 February 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 May 2009

Eduardo Sebrango (born 13 April 1973) is a retired[1] Cuban footballer who last played for Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Sebrango started his career in Cuba with his hometown team, Sancti Spíritus where he played with the club for 14 seasons as both a youth and a senior player.

Sebrango immigrated from Cuba to Canada in 1998, and was subsequently signed by the Vancouver 86ers of the then A-League. He scored 18 goals and recorded 10 assists for Vancouver before being signed by Hershey Wildcats in 2001.

In 2002 Sebrango was signed by Montreal Impact, and in his first season he scored 18 goals in 28 games and was named to the USL First Division All-Star Team. In 2004 Sebrango helped the Impact lift the USL First Division championship trophy as the Impact defeated the Seattle Sounders 2-0 on 18 September. During the regular season, Sebrango contributed eight goals and three assists. In total Sebrango appeared in 83 games, notching 36 goals and six assists making him the second All-Time scorer for the club.

In 2006 Sebrango was traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for Daniel Antoniuk. With the 'Caps he played an important playoff role where he scored a goal in 2-0 victory over the Miami FC. In the semi-final game he scored a memorable goal against his former team Montreal Impact which the Caps won 2-0. Unfortunately, Sebrango was ejected from the game after scoring his goal for excessive celebration for removing his shirt, and was suspended for the final. With Sebrango in the stands his team were able to win the USL First Division Championship beating the Rochester Raging Rhinos 3-0, his third title with three different teams.

In 2008 Sebrango led the Whitecaps in regular season scoring with 12 goals and three assists for 27 points in 29 matches. Sebrango also had two goals in three Nutrilite Canadian Championship games and two goals in five playoff matches. He played a significant role to help the Whitecaps win their second USL First Division championship in three years.

On 30 September 2008 was called up for the USL First Division All-League Team.[2]

In November 2008, Sebrango was signed once again by Montreal Impact.[3] In his first appearance back with the Impact, Sebrango scored Montreal's two goals in the first game of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Santos Laguna.

During the 2009 USL season Sebrango contributed by helping the Impact clinch a playoff spot under new head coach Marc Dos Santos. On 22 July Sebrango scored both his 99th and 100th career goals in the USL First Division in a thrilling 4-1 victory over the Cleveland City Stars.[4] In the playoffs he recorded his first goal in the second match against the Puerto Rico Islanders of the semifinals. He scored the winning goal for the Impact in a 2-1 victory which allowed the Impact to advance to the finals.[5] In the playoffs their opponents would end up being the Vancouver Whitecaps FC this marking the first time in USL history where the final match would consist of two Canadian clubs. On 10 October 2009 in the first match of the finals Sebrango scored once again the winning goal in 3-2 victory at Vancouver.[6] Montreal would later on win the second match to a score of 3-1, thus making Montreal win the series 6-3 on aggregate. The victory gave the Impact their third USL Championship and also the victory marked Sebrango's league record fifth USL Championship (including the USL's predecessor, the A-League).

Sebrango retired before the 2011 season but then re-joined Montreal in mid-season 2011. The following year Sebrango moved with Montreal Impact to Major League Soccer as the club became the 19th team in MLS.[7]

Sebrango announced his (second) retirement on 1 November 2012 following Montreal Impact's inaugural season in MLS.[8] He has signed with semi-pro Division 3 side FC L'Assomption of the Première Ligue de soccer du Québec for the 2013 season.[9]

International[edit]

Sebrango was a regular with the Cuban national team, and played 24 games scoring 16 goals for the team prior to immigrating to Canada.

Personal[edit]

Following his departure from Cuba, Sebrango became a Canadian citizen. However he was ineligible to play for the Canadian national team due to his prior appearances for Cuba. Sebrango completed a degree in physical education at Filial Universitaria in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. While it has frequently been misreported by the media, Eduardo did not defect from Cuba but rather immigrated to Canada as a permanent resident. He remains proud of his country and heritage and returns to Cuba often to be with his family.

In addition to his playing career, Sebrango is a coach for the North Shore Player Premier Program Club, coaching the U-14 Metro Selects Club.

Honours[edit]

Rochester Rhinos[edit]

Montreal Impact[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps[edit]

Individual[edit]

Career stats[edit]

Team Season League Domestic
League
Domestic
Playoffs
Domestic
Cup1
Concacaf
Competition2
Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Vancouver 86ers 1999 A-League 27 18 10 1 0 0 - - - - - - 28 18 10
Rochester Rhinos 2000 A-League 24 6 2 6 0 0 2 0 0 - - - 32 6 2
Hershey Wildcats 2001 A-League 16 8 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 - - - 19 8 3
Montreal Impact 2002 A-League 28 18 0 4 1 0 - - - - - - 32 19 0
2003 A-League 20 6 3 2 0 0 - - - - - - 22 6 3
2004 A-League 23 8 3 5 2 1 - - - - - - 28 10 4
2005 USL-1 12 4 0 2 0 0 - - - - - - 14 4 0
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2006 USL-1 9 2 1 3 2 0 - - - - - - 12 4 1
2007 USL-1 16 7 1 2 0 0 - - - - - - 18 7 1
2008 USL-1 29 12 3 5 2 0 3 2 0 - - - 37 16 3
Montreal Impact 2008 USL-1 - - - - - - - - - 2 3 0 2 3 0
2009 USL-1 28 4 2 6 2 1 3 0 0 - - - 37 6 3
2010 USSF-D2 25 5 2 4 1 0 3 0 1 - - - 32 6 3
2011 NASL 13 6 1 - - - - - - - - - 13 6 1
Career Total - 270 104 31 42 10 2 12 2 1 2 3 0 326 119 34
  1. Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (American Based Clubs) - Nutrilite Canadian Cup (Canadian Based Clubs)
  2. CONCACAF Champions League

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.impactmontreal.com/en/news/2012/11/forward-eduardo-sebrango-retires
  2. ^ "http://www.uslsoccer.com/home/281332.html". Uslsoccer.com. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Forward Eduardo Sebrango Back With The Impact". Montrealimpact.com. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "CLEVELAND 1 IMPACT 4". Montrealimpact.com. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Montreal wins series 4-2 on aggregate". Uslsoccer.com. 4 October 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Usl First Division Championship - Leg One". Uslsoccer.com. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Press Release (21 February 2012). "Striker Eduardo Sebrango signs with the Montreal Impact | Montreal Impact". Impactmontreal.com. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.impactmontreal.com/en/news/2012/11/forward-eduardo-sebrango-retires
  9. ^ http://www.hebdorivenord.com/Sports/Soccer/2013-02-05/article-3170755/Soccer-%3A-Eduardo-Sebrango-signe-avec-le-FC-LAssomption/1

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