|Full name||Jacob Christopher Gleeson|
|Date of birth||26 June 1990|
|Place of birth||Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Sacramento Republic FC
(on loan from Portland Timbers)
|2010||Portland Timbers U23s||15||(0)|
|2014||→ Sacramento Republic FC (loan)||15||(0)|
|2007||New Zealand U17||5||(0)|
|2008||New Zealand U20||1||(0)|
|2012||New Zealand U23||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gleeson began his career playing for Western Suburbs of the Central Premier League. After an extremely impressive showing at the 2007 Under-17 World Cup in South Korea, Gleeson was offered week-long trials with English Premier League clubs Manchester United and Everton. During the trials, Gleeson impressed the management of both clubs but was suffering the effects of lingering illness, which management took into account. After the initial trial, Everton offered Gleeson a retrial which ultimately ended without an offer being made. Although Manchester United did not offer a retrial, they thought highly of Gleeson and goalkeeping coach Richard Harris promised to recommend Gleeson to other English clubs for a place in their academies.
Gleeson moved up to a higher division in 2008 by signing for Team Wellington of the ASB Championship, the national association football league of New Zealand, and spent the next two years with the club, featuring in 5 games in total.
Gleeson was offered a trial with Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer in 2010 but declined the opportunity in favor of a guaranteed contract offered by the former USL incarnation of the Portland Timbers in preparation for their promotion to Major League Soccer. He was to train with the USL team but play for the team's USL Premier Development League affiliate, Portland Timbers U23s. In an interview with New Zealand media in April 2010, Gleeson stated, "I don't have a guaranteed spot but I'm in a really good position because I'm a youth player. I'll come in as the No3 goalie and try and work my way up from there", regarding his prospects of eventually making the transition from the Timbers-U23 team to senior roster.
In his first season with the club, Gleeson and the Timbers U-23 squad became PDL Champions. To begin the season, Gleeson logged 15 saves in three shutout performances to help the Timbers U-23s record wins over Tacoma Tide, Yakima Reds, and Spokane Spiders in a one week period, earning him team of the week honors. By finishing with a 20-0-0 record, the team became the PDL's first undefeated championship team.
After training with the team throughout pre-season, Gleeson formally signed with the Major League Soccer Portland Timbers on 17 February 2011. He made his MLS debut on 26 March 2011 against Toronto FC as a second half substitute for an injured Adin Brown.
Despite starting the season as the club's third-string goalkeeper, Gleeson started the first MLS home game in Timbers history and played all 90 minutes in the Timbers' 4-2 win over the Chicago Fire. Three days later, Gleeson pushed a difficult shot off the post in the 90th minute which would have given FC Dallas the game-tying goal. This save gave Gleeson his second MLS save of the week in five weeks. Gleeson received a green card in 2012 meaning he doesn't occupy an international spot anymore.
Gleeson has represented New Zealand at the U-20 and U-17 levels. In 2007, he led the Junior All-Whites to the U-17 Oceania Football Confederation championship and a berth into the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea. Gleeson's performance in these tournaments led to his Premier League trials. In 2008, he led the U-20s to a third-place finish in the OFC championship tournament. Gleeson was given his first call up to the senior New Zealand team for a friendly match against China in March 2011, however Gleeson requested to be withdrawn due to injuries to goalkeepers in the Portland Timbers squad.
On 17 March 2011, New Zealand Head Coach Ricki Herbert called-up Gleeson for the friendly against China on 25 March as a substitute for the injured Mark Paston. Coach Herbert stated: "I'm excited to be able to see Jake. He's young and there's a lot of aspiration and desire. I actually spoke to him over the phone yesterday and he's just over the moon to be part of what we're doing. There is a chance that he will get some time on the pitch." The Portland Timbers however were injury-struck in the goalkeepers department at the time, so Gleeson asked Herbert for permission to stay in Canada in order to play in the MLS match that weekend. Herbert allowed Gleeson to compete for his MLS side Timbers.
He made his full international début as a substitute in a 0-3 friendly loss against Australia on 5 June 2011. Gleeson played the final 13 minutes and conceded one goal through a stoppage-time penalty kick.
International goals and caps
New Zealand's goal tally first.
|International appearances and goals|
|1||5 June||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||Australia||0–3||International Match||NZ Football|
|2||2 June||Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara||Fiji||1–0||2012 OFC Nations Cup||NZ Football|
|3||4 June||Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara||Papua New Guinea||2–1||2012 OFC Nations Cup||NZ Football|
|4||6 June||Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara||Solomon Islands||1–1||2012 OFC Nations Cup||NZ Football|
|5||8 June||Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara||New Caledonia||0–2||2012 OFC Nations Cup||NZ Football|
|6||10 June||Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara||Solomon Islands||4–3||2012 OFC Nations Cup||NZ Football|
International career statistics
|New Zealand national team|
- USL PDL Champions 2010
- USL PDL Regular Season Champions 2010
- USL PDL Western Conference Champions 2010
- USL PDL Northwest Division Champions 2010
- "List of Players — 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
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- Worthington, Sam. "Opportunity knocks for Wellington goalkeeper". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- "Timbers U-23s' Gleeson named to Team of the Week". Portland Timbers. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- Andrews, Allison. "Timbers U-23s finish perfect season with 4-1 win over Thunder Bay in PDL Championship game". SoccerCityUSA.com. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- "Timbers Sign Midfielder Freddie Braun, Goalkeeper Jake Gleeson". Portland Timbers. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- Martina's brace leads Toronto to first win of '11
- "Portland Timbers acquire New Zealand defender Ian Hogg, trade Mike Chabala to D.C. United for draft pick". Oregon Live. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- "Timbers U23s Add Jake Gleeson". United Soccer Leagues. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- "Nelsen and Fallon out of All Whites". Radio New Zealand. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
- Smith, Tony (6 June 2011). "Socceroos cruise past All Whites in Adelaide". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
- Jake Gleeson at National-Football-Teams.com