Mehdi Ballouchy

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Mehdi Ballouchy
مهدي بلوشي
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Personal information
Full name Mehdi Ballouchy
Date of birth (1983-04-06) April 6, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Casablanca, Morocco
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Number 14
Youth career
1996–1999 SCC Mohammédia
2002 Creighton Bluejays
2003–2005 Santa Clara Broncos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Boulder Rapids Reserve 2 (0)
2006–2007 Real Salt Lake 46 (2)
2007–2010 Colorado Rapids 77 (7)
2010–2012 New York Red Bulls 51 (4)
2012–2013 San Jose Earthquakes 11 (0)
2014– Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 (0)
2014 Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 (loan) 1 (0)
National team
1999 Morocco U16 3 (0)
2000 Morocco U17 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 4, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mehdi Ballouchy (Arabic: مهدي بلوشي‎) (born April 6, 1983) is a Moroccan footballer who currently plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Athe age of 13, he joined the ranks of SCC Mohammédia and played there to the very age of 16. He moved to the United States in 2000 at the age of 16, initially living with his brother in Denver before attending Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California with a host family He attended college and played one year of college soccer at Creighton and two at Santa Clara, where he was named first team All-American in 2005. He also briefly played with Boulder Rapids Reserve in the USL Premier Development League.

Professional[edit]

Real Salt Lake[edit]

Ballouchy signed a Generation Adidas contract with MLS and was taken second overall by Real Salt Lake at the 2006 MLS SuperDraft.[1] During his time with RSL Ballouchy appeared in 46 league matches scoring 2 goals and recording 2 assists.

Colorado Rapids[edit]

After spending two years in Utah he was traded to Colorado Rapids for Kyle Beckerman in July 2007.[2] During his stay with Colorado Ballouchy played primarily as an attacking central midfielder, but also saw time at right midfield.[3] With Colorado he appeared in 77 league matches, scoring 7 goals and recording 18 assists. His most productive season for Colorado was in 2009 when he appeared in 28 league matches scoring two goals and providing seven assists.

New York Red Bulls[edit]

On September 14, 2010 Ballouchy joined New York Red Bulls in a trade for Macoumba Kandji.[4] New York coach Hans Backe had been looking for an attacking midfielder throughout the season and the acquisition of Ballouchy ended the club's search. On September 16, 2010 Ballouchy debuted for New York wearing the number 10 shirt and scoring a goal in a 2–2 draw against FC Dallas.[5] On October 21, 2010 Ballouchy started for Red Bulls in a 2–0 victory over New England Revolution which helped New York clinch its second regular season Eastern Conference title.[6] On October 26, 2011 Ballouchy helped New York to a 2–0 victory over FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park in a 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs match by assisting Joel Lindpere in scoring the clubs first goal of the night.[7]

San Jose Earthquakes[edit]

Ballouchy moved back to California as he was traded to San Jose Earthquakes on July 30, 2012 for a 2013 international spot and a conditional 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft pick.[8] He made 6 appearances as a regular before he suffered from tearing of his anterior cruciate ligaments which kept him sideline for the rest of the season and the start of the next season.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC[edit]

Ballouchy was selected in the second stage of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on December 18, 2013[9] and agreed to terms in January 2014.[10]

Career stats[edit]

Season Club Country Level Apps Goals
2006 Real Salt Lake United States I 32 2
2007 Real Salt Lake United States I 14 0
2007 Colorado Rapids United States I 9 1
2008 Colorado Rapids United States I 19 1
2009 Colorado Rapids United States I 28 2
2010 Colorado Rapids United States I 21 3
2010 New York Red Bulls United States I 6 1
2011 New York Red Bulls United States I 29 2
2012 New York Red Bulls United States I 16 1
2012 San Jose Earthquakes United States I 6 0
2013 San Jose Earthquakes United States I 5 0

International[edit]

Ballouchy has played for various youth Moroccan national teams, including the Moroccan U-17 and U-16 National Teams prior to moving to the United States at the age of 16.He wasn't called to play for the Morocco national football team at Senior level. He received a U.S. green card in January 2013,[11] which makes him eligible to play for the United States men's national soccer team in the near future.

Honors[edit]

New York Red Bulls

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