Milton Rodríguez

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Milton Rodríguez
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Personal information
Full name Milton Fabián Rodríguez Suárez
Date of birth (1976-04-28) 28 April 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Cúcuta Deportivo
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Cortuluá 45 (22)
1999 Independiente Santa Fe 36 (14)
2000 Cortuluá 21 (10)
2000–2001 Deportivo Cali 21 (3)
2001–2002 Cortuluá 38 (9)
2002 Deportivo Pereira 19 (13)
2003 Independiente Santa Fe 16 (6)
2003 Deportivo Cali 12 (1)
2004 Deportivo Pereira 17 (12)
2004–2005 Deportivo Cali 42 (27)
2005–2006 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 22 (9)
2006–2007 Newcastle Jets 21 (7)
2007 América de Cali 11 (6)
2007–2008 Deportivo Cali 32 (7)
2008–2009 Millonarios 33 (11)
2009–2010 Deportes Tolima 16 (4)
2010 Real Cartagena 16 (6)
2010–2011 FC Dallas 26 (6)
2011–2012 Atlético Huila 33 (12)
2012–2013 Envigado 28 (6)
2014– Cortuluá 1 (1)
National team
2004–2008 Colombia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 12, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 12, 2013

Milton Fabián Rodríguez Suárez (born April 28, 1976 in Cali) is a Colombian footballer who currently plays for Cúcuta Deportivo.

Club career[edit]

Rodríguez began his professional career with Cortuluá in 1997. In two years at the club the left-footed striker scored 22 goals in 45 appearances. In 1999 he moved to Independiente Santa Fe and continued his goal scoring prowess netting 14 goals in 36 appearances. The following season he returned to Cortuluá and had another fine season scoring 10 goals in 21 matches. In 2000 he would embark on his first stint with top Colombian side Deportivo Cali but would have limited success scoring 3 goals in 21 matches. In 2001 he would rejoin Cortuluá for the third time in his career and would net 9 goals in 38 appearances. Rodríguez joined Deportivo Pereira for the second half of the 2002 season and would appear in 19 matches scoring a league leading 13 goals in the Torneo Finalización 2002.[1]

For the next few years he would continue to move from club to club playing with Independiente Santa Fe and Deportivo Cali before returning to Deportivo Pereira during the 2004 season. While with Pereira he would regain his scoring prowess netting 12 goals in 17 matches. As a result of his play with Pereira, he would rejoin Deportivo Cali and would go on to one of the most successful stints in his career scoring 27 goals in 42 matches.

In 2005 he would leave Colombia for the first time in his career and join K-League side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. While with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors the Colombian striker had instant success and was regarded as a very exciting player. The following season he moved to the Newcastle Jets, who signed him a few days before the start of the 2006-07 season from K-League outfit Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. He arrived in Newcastle ready to make his debut in Round 4 after Visa issues prevented him and his family from entering the country. Rodríguez capped his debut for the Newcastle Jets by coming on as a substitute and scoring two goals in ten minutes making him an instant fan-favorite. During this time his trademark headband became one of his most identifiable features.

He would make his return to Colombian during the 2007 season with América de Cali and would go on to score 6 goals in 11 matches. After a brief stay with América, Rodríguez would join city rival Deportivo Cali for the fourth time in his career and remain there for one season. In 2008 he would join another historical Colombian side Millonarios where he would score 11 goals in 33 matches. The following seasons he would play for Deportes Tolima and Real Cartagena and continue to score goals at a regular rate.

In 2010 he was contacted by Major League Soccer side FC Dallas and agreed to join the club in mid-season.[2] In his first season Rodríguez would score several key goals in helping his club to reach the 2010 MLS Cup final.

Rodriguez scored Dallas's first goal of the 2011 season with a between the legs left footed shot against the Chicago Fire Soccer Club off a cross from Zach Loyd. However, he struggled for playing time and goals for most of 2011 and was released by Dallas on July 28, 2011.[3]

International career[edit]

Rodríguez has three full international caps for Colombia. Making his debut with the national team in 2004.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Jeonbuk Hyundai Mortors[edit]

FC Dallas[edit]

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