Joey Gjertsen

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Joey Gjertsen
Joey Gjertsen at Union at Earthquakes 2010-09-15 2.JPG
Gjertsen vs Philadelphia, September 2010
Personal information
Full name Joseph Gjertsen
Date of birth (1982-06-13) June 13, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Tacoma, Washington, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Seattle Sounders FC U-23
Number 10
Youth career
2001 Tacoma Titans
2002 Yavapai Roughriders
2003–2004 Evergreen State Geoducks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Vancouver Whitecaps 74 (18)
2007–2009 Montreal Impact 66 (4)
2010–2012 San Jose Earthquakes 36 (2)
2014– Seattle Sounders FC U-23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 29, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Joey Gjertsen (born June 13, 1982) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays for Seattle Sounders FC U-23 in the USL Premier Development League.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Gjertsen started his college soccer at Tacoma Community College where he produced 31 goals and a school record 14 assists in his freshman campaign. He then transferred to Yavapai College where he won a NJCAA national championship. Transferring once again, he enjoyed a successful two year career at The Evergreen State College, earning All-American honors, All-Region Team and Region I Player of the year honors in 2004. He was named as the Conference Player of the Year, as he led the league with 27 goals in 2003. It was during that same season that he once scored 5 goals and an assist in one game, as well as hitting three consecutive hat-tricks. At Evergreen, Gjertsen holds the record with 54 career goals after spending only two of his four years at the college.

Professional[edit]

Gjertsen found instant professional success after signing with Vancouver Whitecaps in 2005. He was named Team Rookie of the Year, earning 27 caps (15 starts) and finding the back of the net three times. 2006 proved to be an even better year for Gjertsen, as he played in all 28 games (26 starts) and led the team in scoring with 31 points (12 goals and 7 assists). He success earned him First Team USL honors, announced in September 2006. On September 29, 2006, Gjertsen was named USL MVP at the league's championship weekend banquet in Rochester, New York.[1] Gjertsen was instrumental in the Whitecaps' first USL-1 championship, won in 2006. His first half cross was deflected into the goal by a Rhinos defender for the first Whitecaps goal, and he assisted on another in Vancouver's 3–0 defeat of the Rochester Rhinos.[2]

Gjertsen was traded to Montreal Impact on July 26, 2007 along with midfielder David Testo for midfielder Zé Roberto and forward Alen Marcina.[3] On October 24, 2007 he signed a two-year deal with the club.[4]

He played an important role by starting all 10 games in Montreal's 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League run, scoring in the first leg of Montreal's preliminary round tie against Real Estelí of Nicaragua, which saw Montreal through to the Group Stage. In the final Group Stage match, Gjertsen scored against Atlante of Mexico in a match which Montreal eventually lost 2–1. He added four assists during this tournament.

In the 2009 USL final he was influential in Montreal's success, scoring the game-winning goal in the second leg of the Championship series against his former Whitecaps.

On January 20, 2010 Gjertsen signed with San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer.[5]

Gjertsen remained with San Jose through 2012 but after missing that entire season due to R. Patellar Tendon surgery he was released on November 28, 2012.[6] Gjertsen subsequently entered the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft and became a free agent after going undrafted in both rounds of the draft.

Honors[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps

Montreal Impact[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 Whitecaps 2005 USL-1 29 3 3 2 0 0 - - - - - - 31 3 3
2006 USL-1 30 12 7 5 2 2 - - - - - - 35 13 9
2007 USL-1 19 3 1 - - - - - - - - - 19 3 1
Montreal Impact 2007 USL-1 10 0 5 2 0 0 - - - - - - 12 0 5
2008 USL-1 27 1 5 4 0 1 4 1 2 10 2 4 45 4 12
2009 USL-1 29 3 0 4 1 1 4 0 0 - - - 37 4 1
Total 144 22 21 17 3 4 8 1 2 10 2 4 179 28 31
San Jose Earthquakes 2010 MLS 18 1 1 - - - 1 0 0 - - - 19 1 1
2011 MLS 18 1 3 - - - - - - - - - 18 1 3
2012 MLS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 180 24 25 17 3 4 9 1 2 10 2 4 216 30 35

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