Nana Attakora

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Nana Attakora
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Personal information
Full name Nana Attakora-Gyan
Date of birth (1989-03-27) March 27, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth North York, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club D.C. United
Number 4
Youth career
2000–2003 Brampton East
2004–2006 NTC Ontario
York University sports[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Toronto FC 56 (3)
2011 San Jose Earthquakes 6 (0)
2012 Haka 8 (0)
2013 San Jose Earthquakes 8 (0)
2014– D.C. United 0 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Canada U17 7 (1)
2006–2009 Canada U20 20 (1)
2012 Canada U23 4 (0)
2010– Canada 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 18, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 4, 2014

Nana Attakora-Gyan (born March 27, 1989) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for D.C. United in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Professional[edit]

Born in North York, Ontario, Attakora trained with Everton of the English Premier League during the summer of 2007, prior to signing for Toronto FC. He played in five MLS Reserve Division games in his debut season, but suffered from a groin injury for the last part of the season, preventing him from making his first team debut until August 9, 2008, when he played against Colorado Rapids. Attakora scored his first career goal vs. Colorado Rapids on September 12, 2009.

During his debut game, it was announced by the commentators that he had dropped the 'Gyan' from his name, and would like to be referred to as solely Nana Attakora.

Attakora went on to have a very successful campaign with Toronto FC in 2009, working his way into the starting eleven and being voted in by supporters as Toronto FC player of the month for June.[2][3] With the addition of fellow Canadian International Adrian Cann in the 2010 season the defensive partnership has become one of the strongest in the league. As his contract approached expiry at the end of the 2011 season, it was heavily rumoured that he was looking to move to Europe with his newfound success after he turned down a contract that the Canadian club had offered in November. He later assured the fans that he had no plans on leaving Toronto and that he was waiting for increased stability with the coaching staff.[4]

In July 2011, Attakora was traded to San Jose Earthquakes in a multi-player deal.[5] At season's end, Attakora was out of contract and exploring options abroad, after trials with Hibernian and received a contract offer from 1. FC Union Berlin, Attakora decided he wanted to remain in Major League Soccer.[6][7][8]

On August 30, 2012, it was announced that Attakora had signed with Haka of Finland's Veikkausliiga.[9] After Haka was relegated at the end of the season, Attakora returned to Major League Soccer and signed with San Jose Earthquakes on February 22, 2013.[10] Attakora made his first return appearance on March 23 with a stand out 90 minute performance in a 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC .[11]

International[edit]

Attakora has represented Canada at U-16, U-17, U-19, U-20 and U-23 levels. In December 2009, Nana won the Canadian U-20 Players of the Year award for the second consecutive year.[12] Nana made his senior national team debut in a friendly match against Jamaica on January 31, 2010.[13] Attakora received his first call-up to the national team in over a year for the final two matches against Saint Kitts and Nevis in the opening group stage of World Cup Qualifying. After failing to play in the first game Attakora came on as a sub for Nikolas Ledgerwood on November 15, 2011 in a 4-0 victory for Canada.[14]

On June 27, 2013 Attakora was listed as a part of the confirmed 23-man squad for Colin Miller's Canada squad for 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[15] The CSA announced July 6 that Kyle Porter would replace Attakora in the Gold Cup due to an ongoing concussion worry that prevented him from even attending the training camp.[16]

Honours[edit]

Toronto FC[edit]

Individual[edit]

International Stats[edit]

Canada national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 0
2011 1 0
2012 1 0
2013 3 0
Total 6 0

Statistics as of January 29, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sharenews.com/archives/sports20091222attakora-top-under-20-player-second-year/
  2. ^ "Toronto FC youngster seizes his chance". Cbc.ca. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nana voted TFC’s Player of the Month". Tfc.american-soccer-news.com. July 18, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ Molinaro, John F. (January 14, 2011). "Attakora hopes to stay with Toronto FC". Cbc.ca. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Toronto FC trades Attakora, picks up Dunfield". CBC News. July 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "San Jose Earthquakes take UC Santa Barbara's Sam Garza with No. 6 pick in MLS draft - San Jose Mercury News". Mercurynews.com. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Neuer Union-Testspieler: Nana, was macht der Attakora da? | 1. FC Union - Berliner Kurier" (in (German)). Berliner-kurier.de. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/top-football-stories/earthquakes_keeper_gets_extended_trial_at_hibs_1_2111682l
  9. ^ repeat repeat off (August 30, 2012). "Ex-TFC defender Attakora signs with FC Haka". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Signing: Attakora signs deal with San Jose". SJEarthquakes.com. February 22, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Nana Attakora savors second shot San Jose Earthquakes". Major League Soccer. March 23, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Attakora claims Canadian U-20 award". Canadian Soccer. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Jamaica beats Canada 1-0 in men's soccer friendly". Canadian Press. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Canada Finishes With Authority". Toronto FC. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Canada Finalize roster for Gold Cup, announces friendly". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  16. ^ "Canada Set for Gold Cup opener against Martinique". Canada Soccer. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 

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