Matthew Mbuta

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Matthew Mbuta
Matthew Mbuta CPFC USA.jpg
Personal information
Full name Matthew Andongcho Mbuta
Date of birth (1985-12-21) 21 December 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Bamenda, Cameroon
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Winger
Club information
Current team
Dohuk SC
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 PWD Bamenda
2006 DPMM FC 8 (3)
2007–2008 Crystal Palace Baltimore 33 (7)
2008–2009 New York Red Bulls 12 (2)
2009 Richmond Kickers (loan) 1 (0)
2009 Crystal Palace Baltimore (loan) 3 (2)
2010 Crystal Palace Baltimore 25 (1)
2011? FC Dinamo București
2012 Syrianska 9 (0)
2012–2013 Army United 9 (1)
2013– Dohuk SC 8 (3)
National team
2011– Cameroon 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 December 2011

Matthew Andongcho Mbuta (born 21 December 1985 in Bamenda) is a Cameroonian footballer currently playing for Dohuk SC in the Iraqi Premier League.

Career[edit]

Africa and Asia[edit]

Mbuta began his career with PWD Bamenda of the Cameroon Première Division. In his first season with the club he striker scored 12 goals in 20 appearances, and emerged as the third best player of the championship. Thanks to his play, PWD qualified for the CAF Cup, where the club reached the quarterfinal stage, with Mbuta netting five goals in four continental matches.

In 2006 Mbuta signed with Brunei DPMM, which represented Brunei Darussalam in the Malaysian Super League. Mbuta was a pivotal player in the DPMM attack, playing either as an attacking midfielder or as a second striker. Following his impressive season in Malaysia, Mbuta had trial spells with Notts County

United States[edit]

In 2007 Mbuta moved to the United States to play for Crystal Palace Baltimore in the USL Second Division. In his first season with Baltimore he was named in the USL-2 All-League First-Team for scoring 5 goals in 16 games and also recording 7 assists. In his second season with Baltimore he was named in the USL-2 All-League Second-Team. His play with Crystal Palace Baltimore, especially during the 2008 US Open Cup where Mbuta faced Major League Soccer opposition, helped generate interest amongst the United States top-flight clubs.

Mbuta was signed by New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer on 15 September 2008 and made his debut against Colorado Rapids on 27 September 2008, in which he managed to score a goal in the 5–4 loss. He was loaned to his old club Crystal Palace Baltimore in May 2009.[1] The second time he scored for the Red Bulls was the last goal ever at Giants Stadium. He successfully converted a penalty kick in second half stoppage time to cap a 5–0 victory over Toronto FC in the 2009 regular season finale on 24 October.

He was released by New York prior to the 2010 season.[2] Shortly thereafter he re-signed with Crystal Palace Baltimore.[3] In March 2011, the club was dissolved.

Europe[edit]

During the 2011-12 season, Mbuta signed with FC Dinamo București in Romania. In April 2012 Mbuta signed with Syrianska of the Swedish top-flight Allsvenskan.[4] His Nordic stay lasted only a few months and by summer 2012 he was out of contract.

Asia[edit]

Mbuta joined Army United F.C. of the Thai Premier League during the 2012-13 season. For the 2013-14 campaign, Mbuta signed with Dohuk SC in the Iraqi Premier League.

Career statistics[edit]

(correct as of 26 September 2010)
Club Season League Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Play-offs CONCACAF Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Crystal Palace Baltimore 2007 16 5 7 1 0 0 - - - - - - 17 5 7
Crystal Palace Baltimore 2008 17 2 2 3 1 0 2 0 0 - - - 22 3 2
Total 2007–present 33 7 9 4 1 0 2 0 0 - - - 39 8 9
New York Red Bulls 2008 2 1 0 - - - - - - - - - 2 1 0
New York Red Bulls 2009 10 1 0 1 0 0 - - - - - - 11 1 0
Total 2008–2009 12 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - - 13 2 0
Richmond Kickers (loan) 2009 1 0 0 - - - - - - - - - 1 0 0
Total 2009 1 0 0 - - - - - - - - - 1 0 0
Crystal Palace Baltimore (loan) 2009 3 2 0 - - - - - - - - - 3 2 0
Crystal Palace Baltimore 2010 25 2 0 1 0 0 - - - - - - 26 2 0
Total 2010–present 25 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - - 26 2 0
Total 2007–present 75 13 9 5 1 0 2 0 0 - - - 82 14 9

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