Robbie Findley

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Robbie Findley
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Robbie Findley playing for Nottingham Forest
Personal information
Full name Robert Findley
Date of birth (1985-08-04) August 4, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Real Salt Lake
Number 10
Youth career
2003–2006 Oregon State Beavers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Boulder Rapids Reserve 17 (15)
2007 Los Angeles Galaxy 9 (2)
2007–2010 Real Salt Lake 96 (29)
2011–2013 Nottingham Forest 25 (3)
2012 Gillingham (loan) 7 (0)
2013– Real Salt Lake 34 (6)
National team
2008 United States U23 5 (0)
2007–2010 United States 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 22, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 23, 2013

Robert "Robbie" Findley (born August 4, 1985) is an American soccer player who plays as a forward for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer. He has also been capped by the United States national team, making his international debut in 2007.

Findley played college soccer for the Oregon State Beavers and amateur soccer for the Boulder Rapids Reserve before turning professional in 2007; he played in Major League Soccer for Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, before moving to English club Nottingham Forest in January 2011.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Findley attended Shadow Mountain High School, graduating in 2003.[1]

Findley is a cousin of basketball players Mike Bibby and Eddie House, and American football wide receiver Shaun McDonald.[1]

Club career[edit]

College and amateur[edit]

Findley began his career playing college soccer at Oregon State University.[2] Findley spent two seasons with the Boulder Rapids Reserve of the USL Premier Development League.[3]

Major League Soccer[edit]

Findley was selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the second round of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft as the sixteenth pick overall.[4]

On June 21, 2007, Findley was traded along with midfielder Nathan Sturgis to Real Salt Lake in exchange for veteran forward Chris Klein.[5] He joined Danish Superliga side Brøndby on trial in January 2009.[6] However, he failed to secure a contract with the club and returned to Salt Lake. In the following season, he had three multi-goal matches, including the first hat trick in franchise history.[7]

In the 2009 MLS Cup Final, Findley scored in the 64th minute, tying the match at 1–1; Salt Lake later emerged victorious in penalty kicks, claiming the MLS Cup in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the MLS Cup final.[8]

Findley's contract with Real Salt Lake expired at the end of the 2010 MLS season, and he announced his intentions to leave MLS and move to Europe.[9] Despite this statement of intent, Findley was selected by Portland Timbers in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, enabling Portland to retain his MLS rights should he ever choose to return to the league.[10]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

After a short trial with English club Wolverhampton Wanderers in mid-December 2010, Findley was signed as a free agent by English Championship club Nottingham Forest on December 23, 2010, subject to receiving a work permit. His work permit was approved at a F.A. hearing in London on January 15, 2011.[11] Findley incurred a thigh injury in training shortly after joining Forest and became unavailable until Spring 2011.[12] After several months on the sidelines, Findley finally made his debut for Forest on April 22, 2011, coming on as a substitute in a 3–2 victory over East Midlands rivals Leicester City.[13]

Findley made his full competitive debut for Forest on August 8, 2011 in a home fixture against Notts County in the first round of the 2011–12 Football League Cup. Findley scored Forest's second goal - his first goal for the club - after having an earlier effort ruled out for offside. He also converted his penalty in the match's penalty shoot-out, which Forest won.[14] Forest manager Steve McClaren said: "He can have a big impact in the Championship. He is as fast as lightning. He is quick, he covers a lot of ground, he works for the team, he defends when he has to and, most importantly, he can get a goal".[15] After struggling for first-team opportunities in 2012, Findley was loaned to League Two club Gillingham on September 21, 2012 for an initial period of one month.[16] He made his debut for Gillingham in a 2-0 away win at Port Vale, and supplied the cross for the first goal.[17] Vale manager Micky Adams stated that "the pace of Findley scared the life out of" his team.[18] After seven appearances for the Gills, Findley returned to Forest.[19]

On January 14, 2013 Nottingham Forest announced that Findley's contract had been terminated by mutual consent.[20]

Return to Real Salt Lake[edit]

Following his release from Forest, Real Salt Lake acquired Findley's MLS rights from Portland in exchange for allocation money and re-signed him on January 16, 2013.[21]

International career[edit]

Findley made his international debut for the United States national team in October 2007[1][22] and made three appearances at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 23 October 2012[1][22][24]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boulder Rapids Reserve 2005 9 10 9 2
2006 8 5 8 5
Total 17 15 17 15
Los Angeles Galaxy 2007 9 2 0 0 9 2
Total 9 2 0 0 9 2
Real Salt Lake 2007 16 6 0 0 16 6
2008 29 6 3 0 32 6
2009 27 12 4 3 31 15
2010 24 5 2 1 26 6
Total 96 29 9 4 107 33
Nottingham Forest 2010–11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2011–12 23 3 1 0 3 3 0 0 27 6
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 25 3 1 0 3 3 0 0 29 6
Gillingham (loan) 2012–13 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Career total 154 47 1 0 3 3 9 4 169 56

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Profile". Major League Soccer. 
  2. ^ "Profile". Oregon State Beavers. 
  3. ^ "13 USL Alums on US World Cup Roster". USL Soccer. May 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Galaxy select five players in MLS SuperDraft". Our Sports Central. January 12, 2007. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Findley, Sturgis go to RSL". L.A. Soccer News. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Amerikaner på prøve i Brøndby". Avisen.dk. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ Michael Black. "Findley nets RSL's first-ever hat trick". Deseret News. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ "CNNSI.com - Salt Lake's MLS title brings hope to sporting underdogs everywhere". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. November 23, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ Randy Davis (November 22, 2010). "RSL announce Findley will try luck overseas". Major League Soccer. 
  10. ^ Jeremiah Oshan (November 24, 2010). "MLS Expansion Draft, Analysis: Whitecaps Showed Greater Willingness To Spend". SBNation.com. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Nottingham Forest sign USA striker Robbie Findley". BBC Sport. December 23, 2010. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Nottingham Forest's Robbie Findley close to fitness". BBC Sport. April 14, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  13. ^ Paul Fletcher (April 22, 2011). "Nott'm Forest 3 - 2 Leicester". BBC Sport. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Match report: Forest 3 Notts 3 AET (Forest win 4-3 on penalties)". This is Nottingham. August 10, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  15. ^ "McClaren: Findley can have big impact with the Reds". This is Nottingham. August 12, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Gillingham sign Nottingham Forest's Robbie Findley on loan". BBC Sport. September 21, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Port Vale 0-2 Gillingham". BBC Sport. September 22, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Threat of Nottingham's Findley helps Gillingham go clear in League Two". nz.news.yahoo.com. September 25, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ Day, Richard (November 1, 2012). "Scunthorpe Preview". gillinghamfootballclub.com (Gillingham F.C.). Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  20. ^ Nicholson, Fraser (January 14, 2013). "Robbie Findley". nottinghamforest.co.uk (Nottingham Forest F.C.). Retrieved January 14, 2013. "Nottingham Forest can confirm Robbie Findley has had his contract with the Club cancelled by mutual consent." 
  21. ^ http://www.realsaltlake.com/news/2013/01/real-salt-lake-acquires-rights-robbie-findley-portland
  22. ^ a b Robbie Findley at National-Football-Teams.com
  23. ^ Robbie FindleyFIFA competition record
  24. ^ Robbie Findley career stats at Soccerbase