Long Tan (footballer)
|Full name||Tan Long|
|Date of birth||1 April 1988|
|Place of birth||Dalian, Liaoning, China|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Current club||Orlando City|
|2010||FC Tampa Bay||25||(3)|
|2011–2012||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||17||(1)|
|2011||→ Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 (loan)||6||(5)|
|2012||→ Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 (loan)||2||(3)|
|2012||→ Richmond Kickers (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Tan Long (simplified Chinese: 谭龙; traditional Chinese: 譚龍; pinyin: Tán Lóng; born 1 April 1988) former name Tan Xin (simplified Chinese: 谭鑫; traditional Chinese: 譚鑫; pinyin: Tán Xīn), is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Orlando City in the USL Professional Division.
Tan started playing football when he was six. Between 1994 and 2004, he studied academics and played football at the Zhong Shan School in his hometown Dalian before moving to Shanghai to further his career. He subsequently played for Shanghai United and Pudong Zobon in 2008 in China League One. He made his senior debut and scored his first professional goal on 29 April 2007, in a 2-1 home defeat to Beijing Institute of Technology.
Tan relocated to the United States in late 2008, and played for the Atlanta Blackhawks in the USL Premier Development League in 2009, scoring 7 goals in 12 appearances. He attended open tryouts for MLS’s Philadelphia Union, but did not get called back after the first round of workouts, and eventually signed with FC Tampa Bay of the new USSF Division 2 Professional League in January 2010.
Tan's rights were traded to Vancouver Whitecaps FC as part of the deal taking Jonny Steele and Ricardo Sánchez to Tampa Bay on 20 July 2010. He went on trial with the club in November 2010 in view of signing with the club following their move up to Major League Soccer.[dead link] Tan signed a contract with the club on 11 March 2011. He made his debut for the club on 26 March 2011 in a 1–0 loss to Philadelphia Union, and in doing so became the first Chinese-born player to play for a Major League Soccer club. On 12 October 2011, Tan become the first Chinese-born player to score a goal in the league when he scored against D.C. United.
Tan was traded to D.C. United on 28 June 2012 in exchange for a MLS Supplemental Draft pick. He scored his first goal against the Chicago Fire in a 4-2 win for D.C. United. Tan was later released after the end of the season.
Tan then signed with USL Professional Division club Orlando City on 6 February 2013. On 6 April 2013, Tan scored a goal and assisted on another in his debut for Orlando, a 3-1 victory over Phoenix FC to open the 2013 season. In the fourth round of the 2013 U.S. Open Cup, he scored in the second minute for a 1-0 victory against defending champions Sporting Kansas City.
- "揭秘中邦小将谭鑫:有1跨国家庭 女友叫小柳金" [Decrypt Zobon's young fellow Tan Xin: a multinational family with a girlfriend nicknamed little Liukin] (in Chinese). cn.yahoo.com. August 28, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
- "上海七斗星输球仍有亮点 谭鑫首次登场就进球" [There is still bright spot after Shanghai Stars' loss: Tan Xin scores his first goal in the debut] (in Chinese). Sports.qq.com. April 29, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
- "Atlanta Blackhawks 2009 USL PDL Statistics". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
- Murray, Nicholas (January 31, 2010). "Long Tan latest signing by FC Tampa Bay". Thetampabaysoccerblog.blogspot.com. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
- "Whitecaps FC sign defender/midfielder Blake Wagner and striker Long Tan | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. March 11, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
- Martin MacMahon (October 12, 2011). "Tan's first goal lifts 'Caps off bottom of league table | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
- "Long Tan acquired". D.C. United. June 28, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- "D.C. United waives Long Tan". DC United. January 25, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
- "Orlando City Soccer Club: Team News". Orlandocitysoccer.com. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- "Orlando Rallies Past Phoenix". USL Pro. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Sporting Kansas City vs Orlando City FC 06-13-2013 - Recap MLS Soccer.com". MLSsoccer.com. June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.