Josh Wicks

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Josh Wicks
Personal information
Full name Joshua Myiah Wicks
Date of birth (1983-11-01) November 1, 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Landstuhl, West Germany
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Thór
Number 31
Youth career
2001–2004 Bakersfield Roadrunners
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Des Moines Menace 8 (0)
2005–2006 Vancouver Whitecaps 16 (0)
2007 Portland Timbers 27 (0)
2007 AFC Leopards
2008 Los Angeles Galaxy 6 (0)
2009–2010 D.C. United 19 (0)
2010–2012 IFK Mariehamn 26 (0)
2012– Thór 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 13, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Josh Wicks (born November 1, 1983) is an American soccer player who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Icelandic Úrvalsdeild side Thór.

Career[edit]

Early Life and Amateur[edit]

Wicks was born on a US Army base, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Landstuhl, Germany, but grew up in San Bernardino, California. He played college soccer for Cal State Bakersfield, and during his collegiate off-season Wicks played one summer with Des Moines Menace in the USL Premier Development League.

Professional[edit]

In 2005, his first year as a professional, Wicks enjoyed a successful campaign with Vancouver Whitecaps. Wicks began the season as the backup to Mike Franks. However, injuries to the number one keeper allowed him to appear in 13 games, including two games in the playoffs. Wicks allowed only 0.55 goals per game and his overall record was five wins, four losses, and four ties. He also recorded seven shutouts, including both playoff games.

Wicks re-signed for the Caps in 2006 and served as backup to Tony Caig. He also helped the Caps win their first USL First Division Championship by beating the Rochester Raging Rhinos 3-0.

In March 2007, Wicks signed with the Portland Timbers as one of two goalkeepers. For the season, he recorded a .603 GAA with 14 shutouts in 27 games (all league highs), earning him Goalkeeper of the Year honors.[1] He also delivered 2 assists (good for 3rd best on the team) from his booming goal kicks.

Wicks had been on trial with Los Angeles Galaxy during the club's pre-season, featuring in the inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship in Hawaii, and featuring on their Asian tour in China and Hong Kong. Having impressed Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit with his performances, Wicks signed a full professional contract with Galaxy on March 26, 2008.[2] He made his MLS debut on 30 August 2008 against New England Revolution, coming on as a second half substitute for Steve Cronin, who had suffered an injury.[3]

Wicks was traded to D.C. United in return for a conditional 4th round 2010 MLS SuperDraft pick. He made his debut for United against his former club on 22 March 2009 in the 2009 MLS Season opener for both clubs.[4]

Wicks was released by D.C. United on April 16, 2010[5] and subsequently moved to Finland when he signed for Veikkausliiga club IFK Mariehamn. He made his debut for Mariehamn on January 18, 2011 in a 4-0 victory over FC Haka in the Finnish League Cup.[6] In his first season with the club he was named best player of the entire league by Finnish sports magazine Veikaaja. On 15 July Joshua signed with Þór Akureyri in the 1st division in Iceland[7] In 2014, Wicks signed with AFC United in the Swedish 1st Division Norra.

Trouble in DC[edit]

On August 29, 2009, during a game against the Chicago Fire, Wicks confronted teammate Marc Burch after Burch failed to clear out of the box during a Fire free-kick. A shoving match ensued; Wicks was both praised and criticized for the incident.

Days later, on September 2, 2009, during the 2009 US Open Cup final against Seattle Sounders FC, he intentionally stomped on an opponent, Fredy Montero, after Montero scored a goal against him. His act earned a red card and his team went on to lose the game 2-1, and the cup. He was subsequently suspended for 5 future Open Cup games.[8]

Honors[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps[edit]

Individual[edit]

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