Jalil Anibaba

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Jalil Anibaba
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Personal information
Full name Jalil Anibaba
Date of birth (1988-10-19) October 19, 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Fontana, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Seattle Sounders FC
Number 4
Youth career
2007–2009 Santa Clara Broncos
2010 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Carolina Dynamo 12 (0)
2011–2013 Chicago Fire 96 (4)
2014– Seattle Sounders FC 10 (0)
National team
2007 United States U18 3 (0)
2007 United States U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 26, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 4, 2012

Jalil Anibaba (born October 19, 1988 in Fullerton, California) is an American soccer player currently playing for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer.


College and Amateur[edit]

Anibaba attended Davis Senior High School, where in his senior season he was the California Gatorade Soccer Player of the year, and played college soccer at Santa Clara University for the first three years of his college career. In 2009, Anibaba captained the Broncos was selected for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-West Region team.

For his senior season he transferred to the University of North Carolina, where he won numerous awards, including – NSCAA Second Team All-America, NSCAA First Team All-Region, First Team All-ACC, ACC All-Tournament Team and 2007 WCC Freshman of the Year.[1]

Anibaba made twelve appearances for USL Premier Development League club Carolina Dynamo during their 2010 season.[2]


Playing for the Seattle Sounders in 2014

On January 14, 2011, Anibaba was drafted #9 overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire.[3] He made his professional debut on March 19, 2011, in Chicago's first game of the 2011 MLS season, a 1–1 tie with FC Dallas.,[4] and scored his first professional goal – a 40-yard screamer – on March 30, 2011 in a 2–1 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the qualifying round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.[5] Anibaba would go on to tally two more goals in the 2011 season finale, heading home two strikes in the space of 19 minutes in a 3–2 win vs. Columbus Crew on October 22, 2011. Anibaba closed out his first season in MLS setting a club record for regular season appearances by a rookie with 29 and had his March 30 strike vs. Colorado voted the team's "Goal of the Year" by the team's fans following the campaign.[6]

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