Keon Daniel

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Keon Daniel
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Personal information
Full name Keon Kelly Daniel
Date of birth (1987-01-16) 16 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Lambeau, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Miedź Legnica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 United Petrotrin
2008–2010 Caledonia AIA
2010 Puerto Rico Islanders 16 (2)
2011–2014 Philadelphia Union 64 (2)
2014- Miedź Legnica 0 (0)
National team
2007– Trinidad and Tobago 59 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 August 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 July 2013

Keon Kelly Daniel (born 16 January 1987 in Lambeau) is a Trinidadian footballer who currently plays for Miedź Legnica in I liga (Poland).

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Daniel attended Signal Hill Secondary School in his native Tobago, and later attended the St Clair Coaching School. After a two-week trial with Manchester United in 2005 Daniel turned professional when he signed with United Petrotrin of the TT Pro League in 2006.

After another trial in England in August 2008, this time with West Ham United,[1] Daniel joined league rivals Caledonia AIA in 2009.[2]

In May 2010 Daniel transferred to the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USSF D2 Pro League.[3] He made his debut for the Islanders on 26 June 2010 as a substitute in a 3–0 loss to the Rochester Rhinos.[4]

Prior to the 2011 Major League Soccer season, Daniel trialed with the Philadelphia Union.[5] Following the successful trial, Daniel signed with the Union on 18 March 2011.[6] In Week 7 of the season, Daniel was named to the MLS Team of the Week for his performance against the San Jose Earthquakes.[7] His first goal for Philadelphia was scored on 11 June 2011 in an MLS game against Real Salt Lake.[8]

After temporarily leaving Philadelphia to play for the Trinidad and Tobago national football team in September 2011, Daniel was forced to remain in Trinidad and Tobago due to an expired visa until February 2012. This incident spawned the "Free Keon" meme used amongst Philadelphia Union fans at live matches and online social networking groups.

Miedź Legnica[edit]

It was announce that Keon Daniel would join Miedź Legnica in the I liga (Poland) from Philadelphia Union in 2014.

International[edit]

Daniel made his debut for the Trinidad and Tobago national football team in 2007. He scored his first senior international goal against Guyana in January 2008 and his second against El Salvador in March 2008, both from free kicks. He was also part of the Trinidad & Tobago squads which competed in the Caribbean Cup in 2008, 2010, and 2012. He was also part of the squads for the multiple CONCACAF Gold Cups, as well as 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. In total, Daniel has made 57 international appearances and scored 14 goals.[9]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Trinidad and Tobago's goal tally first.[10]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 January 2008 Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad and Tobago  Guyana 1–1 2–1 Friendly
2 19 March 2008 Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago  El Salvador 1–0 1–0 Friendly
3 8 July 2008 Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago  Guyana 2–0 2–0 Friendly
4 20 August 2008 Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba  Cuba 1–0 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 2–0
6 6 September 2008 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Guatemala 1–0 1–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 7 November 2008 Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1–0 3–1 2008 Caribbean Championship qualification
8 19 November 2008 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Cuba 3–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 6 September 2011 Barbados National Stadium, Saint Michael, Barbados  Barbados 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 10 October 2012 Warner Park Sporting Complex, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis  French Guiana 3–1 4–1 2012 Caribbean Championship qualification
11 14 October 2012 Warner Park Sporting Complex, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis  Anguilla 2–0 10–0 2012 Caribbean Championship qualification
12 5–0
13 7–0
14 8 July 2013 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, USA  El Salvador 1–0 2–2 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Last updated 8 July 2013[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Puerto Rico League Torneo de Copa de Puerto Rico League Cup North America Total
2010 Puerto Rico Islanders USSF Division 2 16 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 21 2
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2011 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 18 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
2012 22 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
2013 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Total Puerto Rico 16 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 21 2
USA 57 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 61 2
Career total 73 4 4 0 2 0 3 0 82 4

Updated 3 August 2013

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Trinidad and Tobago
2008 28 8
2009 9 0
2010 9 0
2011 5 1
2012 4 4
2013 2 1
Total 57 14

Statistics accurate as of 9 July 2013

Personal[edit]

Daniel's nickname is "Schillaci", after the famous Italian striker Salvatore Schillaci.[12]

Honors[edit]

Puerto Rico Islanders

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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