Kamani Hill

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Kamani Hill
Kamani Hill 10.jpg
Colorado Rapids Game April 1, 2012
Personal information
Full name Kamani Helekunihi Hill
Date of birth (1985-12-28) December 28, 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Berkeley, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Colorado Rapids
Number 13
Youth career
Marin United
2004–2006 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Orange County Blue Star 7 (1)
2006 San Fernando Valley Quakes 10 (1)
2006–2009 VfL Wolfsburg 9 (0)
2007–2008 VfL Wolfsburg II 6 (1)
2009–2010 Vitória Guimarães 0 (0)
2010 Aves (loan) 5 (0)
2012– Colorado Rapids 25 (5)
National team
2004–2005 United States U20 12 (2)
2008 United States U23 6 (0)
2007 United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 5, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 19, 2010

Kamani Helekunihi Hill (born December 28, 1985 in Berkeley, California) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays for Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.

Early years[edit]

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Hill was born in Berkeley, California to a Trinidadian father and an American mother of Hawaiian origin. He grew up playing in various Bay Area youth leagues and attended Berkeley High School, where he was a star forward on their soccer team.[1] He then attended UCLA, where he played in 40 games (32 starts), scored nine goals, and assisted on 13 more in his two seasons with the team.[2] During his college years he also played with Orange County Blue Star and San Fernando Valley Quakes in the USL Premier Development League.

Professional career[edit]

At the beginning of October 2006, Hill went to Germany for a trial with Bundesliga team VfL Wolfsburg, and in November he signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the team.[2] He made his first-team debut on January 27, 2007 as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat away at Hertha Berlin.[3] However, after a promising start, the arrival of coach Felix Magath at the club saw Hill relegated to the second team, where he spent most of his time at Wolfsburg. During November 2008, he trained with Norwegian club FK Bodø/Glimt. However, he was not offered a contract. In April 2009, he began a ten-day trial with Vitoria Guimaraes upon the recommendation of his Wolfsburg teammate Alex, and on May 8 the club announced his signing to a three-year contract.[4]

Hill was released by Vitória Guimarães in July 2010 and returned to the United States to train with Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes.[5]

Hill signed with Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids on March 28, 2012.[6]

International career[edit]

Hill played for the United States U-20 men's national soccer team in the Suwon Youth Tournament in South Korea in 2005, where he scored a game-winning goal against Argentina.

He later made his debut for the senior United States men's national soccer team on June 2, 2007 as a substitute in a 4–1 friendly match victory over China in San Jose, California.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephens, Mitch (January 31, 2003). "His goal: To score in the big leagues / Berkeley High's Kamani Hill seen as 'the real deal'". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  2. ^ a b Winger, Chad (November 17, 2006). "Wolfsburg announce Hill signing". Yanks Abroad. 
  3. ^ "Hertah Berlin vs VfL Wolfsburg in Bundesliga 2006/2007". Football-Lineups.com. January 27, 2007. Retrieved November 17, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Kamani Hill assina por três épocas" (in Portuguese). May 8, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2009. 
  5. ^ Seltzer, Greg (August 2, 2010). "Kamani Hill training with hometown club San Jose". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rapids sign forward Kamani Hill". coloradorapids.com. March 28, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 

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