Nicolás Mezquida

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Nicolás Mezquida
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Nicolás Mezquida Sero
Date of birth (1992-01-21) January 21, 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Paysandú, Uruguay
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker, attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Number 29
Youth career
2006–2008 Peñarol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Peñarol 3 (1)
2011 Brann (loan) 3 (0)
2011 Lillestrøm (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2013 Fénix 14 (1)
2013 Rampla Juniors (loan) 24 (7)
2013–2014 Boston River 0 (0)
2014– Vancouver Whitecaps FC 32 (5)
National team
2004–2007 Uruguay U-15 12 (10)
2008–2009 Uruguay U-17 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gabriel Nicolás Mezquida Sero (born January 21, 1992) is a Uruguayan football player who currently plays as a striker for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Mezquida began his career in the youth academy of C.A. Peñarol in 2006,[1] before being promoted to the first team in the 2008 season.[2] On 22 January 2009, at the age of 17, he signed a pre-contract with FC Schalke 04 worth a reported €2 million with the intent of joining the club at the end of the year.[3] [4] However, he changed his mind and decided to remain with C.A. Peñarol in South America.[5] During his time with Peñarol, he had two loan spells with Norwegian clubs Brann and Lillestrøm. In 2012 he joined Fénix scoring 1 goal in 14 matches for the club. He was loaned out to Rampla Juniors juniors in 2013 and scored 7 goals in 24 matches for the club.[1]

In September 2013, after leaving Fenix,[6] Mezquida went on trial with Celtic of the Scottish Premiership but was ultimately not signed,[5] potentially because of issues around acquiring a work permit since he had not featured for the senior national side of Uruguay.[7]

On 5 February 2014 Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer announced that they had signed Mezquida along with fellow-Uruguayan Sebastián Fernández[8] on a transfer from Boston River of the Uruguayan Segunda División where he had been playing since leaving Fenix.[9]

International career[edit]

Mezquida excelled whilst playing for Uruguay U-15 and was the top goal scorer at the 2007 South American Under-15 Football Championship, helping them finish as runners-up. Mezquida also played for the U-17 team at the international level.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Whitecaps Profile". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Nicolás Mezquida at noticiasmanyas.com
  3. ^ Walker-Roberts, James. "Schalke Sign Striker Nicolás Mezquida". goal.com. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Schalke Sign Striker Nicolás Mezquida
  5. ^ a b Gunn, David. "Celtic take striker Nicolas Mezquida on trial". scotsman.com. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  6. ^ O'Rourke, Pete. "Scottish football: Celtic have taken Uruguayan striker Nicolas Mezquida on trial". Sky Sports. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Grahame, Ewing. "Teemu Pukki shows Celtic the way forward". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps FC add Uruguayans Sebastián Fernández and Nicolás Mezquida". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Tucker, Cam. "Whitecaps acquire pair of players from Uruguay". metronews.ca. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Schalke 04 verpflichtet zwei Talente

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