Guy-Roland Kpene

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Guy-Roland Kpene
Personal information
Full name Guy-Roland Kpene
Date of birth (1983-11-23) November 23, 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Long Island Rough Riders
Number 9
Youth career
2000 CSP Cocody
2003 Westchester Vikings
2004-2006 Dowling Golden Lions
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Brooklyn Knights 9 (6)
2007-2008 D.C. United 15 (0)
2008-2009 Houston Dynamo 0 (0)
2011- Long Island Rough Riders 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 4, 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).

Guy-Roland Kpene (born November 23, 1983 in Abidjan) is an Ivorian footballer, currently playing for the Long Island Rough Riders.

Career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

After playing in the youth team of local Ivorian side CSP Cocody, Kpene moved with his family to the United States in 2003 when his mother accepted the job as Ivory Coast's finance attache to the United Nations in New York.[1]

Kpene played one season of college soccer at Westchester Community College, earning all-region honors, before being recruited by Dowling College. He helped the Golden Lions to a 22-0-2 season and Dowling’s first National Title. Kpene was Dowling's leading scorer, the first Dowling men’s soccer player to be drafted by MLS, and only the fourth Golden Lion to be drafted in any sport.[2] In his final season, he totaled 25 goals (including seven game-winning goals) and 10 assists. He was named to the 2006 NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division II Men's Collegiate All-American (second team) and earned ECAC Offensive Player of the Week and All-Conference honors.[3] He graduated with a degree in finance.

In 2005, Kpene started all 19 games for the Golden Lions and led the team with 33 points and 13 goals (5 game winning). He was second on the team with 7 assists. Kpene was named to the All-NYCAC First Team and the NSCAA/adidas All Northeast Region First Team.[3]

During his college years Kpene also played for the Brooklyn Knights in the USL Premier Development League, scoring 6 goals in 9 appearances in 2006.

Professional[edit]

Kpene was selected in the third round, 37th overall, by D.C. United in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft.[4] He made his first MLS start on May 6, 2007 against Chivas USA, and assisted on the first goal by Christian Gomez to give the team the lead.

On May 7, 2008 Kpene transferred to the Houston Dynamo, having practiced with the team from mid-April and played in the team's April 20 reserve game as a guest player. He made four first team appearances for Houston in total, before being released midway through the 2009 season.

In 2010 Kpene went to Europe to pursue his career. He took part in trials with Bundesliga 2 side FSV Frankfurt, and with several teams in Belgium, but was not offered a contract.

In 2011 Kpene, having returned to the United States, signed with the Long Island Rough Riders in the USL Premier Development League. He scored a goal for the Rough Riders on his debut on May 21, 2011, a 3-1 win over Jersey Express.[5]

Honors[edit]

D.C. United[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goff, Steven (2007-02-14). "Kpene Takes a Roundabout Way to D.C.". The Washington Post. Retrieved 28 April 2007. 
  2. ^ "KPENE DRAFTED BY D.C. UNITED". Retrieved 28 April 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "MEN'S SOCCER - All Conference Selections 2006". Retrieved 28 April 2007. 
  4. ^ "2007 MLS Supplemental Draft". Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2007. 
  5. ^ http://pdl.uslsoccer.com/stats/2011/2214322.html

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