Mark Anderson (footballer)
|Full name||Mark Anderson|
|Date of birth||February 13, 1989|
|Place of birth||Durham, England|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers|
|2010||Baton Rouge Capitals||11||(3)|
|2012–||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||40||(13)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 19, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
College and Amateur Career
Anderson played college soccer at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. As a freshman, Anderson recorded 11 goals and 11 assists, leading the nation in assists per game. Among other honors, Anderson was named 2011 Daktronics DII National Soccer Player of the Year and 2011 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for DII men's soccer.
Baton Rouge Capitals
After his sophomore season at Barry, Anderson joined PDL side Baton Rouge Capitals. Anderson helped the Capitals to a second place finish in the Southeast Division and a run to the Semifinal round of playoffs.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Anderson participated in the 2012 NASL Combine where he was picked up by the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Anderson was an integral part of the Strikers' unbeaten preseason, scoring three goals in the club's final three games. On March 22, 2012 the Strikers announced that Anderson had signed professional terms with the club. He chose the number 20 jersey, last worn by Gerson Mayen.
Anderson made his professional debut with the Strikers in the first match of the season as a second half sub against FC Edmonton on April 7, 2012. Anderson scored his first professional goal in the Strikers 3-3 draw against the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park with top-corner shot from outside of the box.
Since joining the Strikers, Anderson has scored several spectacular goals with both feet. Anderson scored from inside his own half in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup in a match against the San Jose Earthquakes. On June 2, Anderson scored the winning goal from near the corner flag in a Florida Derby match against rivals Tampa Bay Rowdies.
On July 30, Anderson recorded his first multiple goal game as a professional, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory against the Carolina RailHawks. The goals were Anderson's sixth and seventh in the last seven NASL matches.
Statistics accurate as of 25 March 2013
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||2012||25||11||4||2||2||0||1||0||0||28||13||4|