Ryan Smith (footballer)

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Ryan Smith
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Personal information
Full name Ryan Craig Matthew Smith
Date of birth (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Islington, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Arsenal 0 (0)
2005–2006 Leicester City (loan) 17 (1)
2006–2007 Derby County 15 (0)
2007–2009 Millwall 17 (0)
2008–2009 Southampton 14 (0)
2009–2010 Crystal Palace 5 (0)
2010–2011 Sporting Kansas City 32 (4)
2012-2013 Chivas USA 21 (0)
2013 Skoda Xanthi 12 (0)
National team
2002 England U16 6 (2)
2003 England U17 3 (0)
2004–2005 England U18 2 (1)
2004–2006 England U19 6 (1)
2004–2006 England U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 29, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 30, 2012

Ryan Craig Matthew Smith (born 10 November 1986) is an English footballer.

Career[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

An England youth international, Smith started his career at Arsenal. He made his Arsenal debut against Rotherham United on 28 October 2003 at the age of 16. He also managed to start against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesbrough. All of the matches in which he played for Arsenal were in the League Cup, including a game on 9 November 2004 against Everton which saw him go off injured after 20 minutes.

Leicester City[edit]

On 30 September 2005, Smith was signed by Leicester City on loan for the whole of the 2005–06 season. He returned to Arsenal on 10 March 2006.[1]

Derby County[edit]

On 4 August 2006, Smith agreed personal terms on a 3-year contract with Championship outfit Derby County. He made his debut in a 2–2 draw against Southampton on 6 August. After struggling to adapt and break into a Derby side pushing for promotion, plus the arrival of several midfielders in the January transfer window, Smith was sold.

Millwall[edit]

Smith moved on loan to League One side Millwall on 21 March 2007 on an initial one-month loan deal, but this was extended on 17 April 2007 to run until the end of the 2006–07 season. Smith impressed during his time on loan at Millwall and manager Willie Donachie expressed an interest in retaining the youngster's services.[2] In July 2007 Milwall paid £150,000 for Smith, who signed a two-year contract with the club.[3]

Southampton[edit]

On 3 October 2008, he joined Southampton initially on a three-month loan.[4] The transfer became permanent on 1 January 2009, when Smith signed a 6-month contract.[5] He was released by Southampton on 2 May 2009.

Crystal Palace[edit]

On 26 August 2009, he signed a contract with Crystal Palace.[6] He made his Crystal Palace first team debut on 27 August in the 2–0 League Cup defeat to Manchester City coming on as a substitute in the second half. He left on 25 January 2010 after coming to the end of his short term contract.[7]

Kansas City Wizards/Sporting KC[edit]

On 27 January, Smith joined Grimsby Town on trial, playing for The Mariners in a behind the closed doors friendly against Hull City at Blundell Park.[8] On 2 February 2010, it was reported that Smith would join Kansas City Wizards on trial during their preseason training camp in Arizona,[9] and on 2 March he signed a two-year deal with the club.[10] Smith scored on his Kansas City debut in a 4–0 win over D.C. United.

While still under contract to Sporting Kansas City, Smith left in June 2011, eventually trialing in Spain with Real Zaragoza in July.[11] Kansas City declined to transfer him, however.

Chivas USA[edit]

On 21 November 2011, Sporting Kansas City traded Smith's rights to Chivas USA in exchange for two 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft picks.[12]

Xanthi[edit]

Smith signed with Greek club Skoda Xanthi F.C. on 29 December 2012.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

(correct as of 30 March 2010)
Club Season League Cup[14] Europe Play-Offs Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Arsenal 2003–04 0 0 0 3 0 0 - - - - - - 3 0 0
Arsenal 2004–05 0 0 0 3 0 0 - - - - - - 3 0 0
Total 2003–2006 0 0 0 6 0 0 - - - - - - 6 0 0
Leicester (loan) 2005–06 17 1 3 2 0 0 - - - - - - 19 1 3
Total 2005–2006 17 1 3 2 0 0 - - - - - - 19 1 3
Derby 2006–07 15 0 2 5 0 1 - - - - - - 20 0 3
Total 2006–2007 15 0 2 5 0 1 - - - - - - 20 0 3
Millwall (loan) 2006–07 6 0 3 0 0 0 - - - - - - 6 0 3
Millwall 2007–08 16 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - 16 0 0
Millwall 2008–09 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - 1 0 0
Total 2006–2009 17 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - 17 0 0
Southampton 2008–09 13 0 1 1 0 0 - - - - - - 14 0 1
Total 2006–2009 13 0 1 1 0 0 - - - - - - 14 0 1
Crystal Palace 2009–10 5 0 0 1 0 0 - - - - - - 6 0 0
Total 2009–present 5 0 0 1 0 0 - - - - - - 6 0 0
Sporting Kansas City 2010 25 3 6 0 0 0 na na na - - - 1 1 6
Total 2010–present 1 1 1 0 0 0 na na na - - - 1 1 1
Career totals 68 2 7 15 0 1 - - - - - - 83 2 24

Personal[edit]

Smith's father is American, from Alaska and his Mother is of English heritage, with his Grandparents hailing from Montego Bay. He first attended St. Aloysius College secondary school, which was attended by West Ham United midfielder Joe Cole, before moving on to Highams Park School, where he was a class mate of Jamie O'Hara.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Smith ends Foxes stint". football.co.uk. 10 March 2006. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "RYAN'S MAN FOR LIONS". Daily Mirror. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Millwall tie up Rams winger Smith". BBC. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Saints sign Smith". Southampton FC. 3 October 2008. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Smith deal sealed". Southampton FC. 31 December 2008. Archived from the original on 1 January 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Breaking news: Smith completes Eagles switch". croydonadvertiser.co.uk. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Smith Departs Palace". Crystal Palace FC. 25 January 2010. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  8. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20120322131015/http://www.grimsby-townfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10417~1945234,00.html
  9. ^ The Back Post: Ryan Smith joins Wizards in Arizona
  10. ^ Smith agrees MLS deal
  11. ^ http://www.soccerbyives.net/2011/07/mid-day-ticker-smith-on-trial-in-spain-spurs-not-into-selling-modric-and-more.html
  12. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/11/21/sporting-trade-smith-chivas-usa-supplemental-picks
  13. ^ http://www.thegoatparade.com/2012/12/28/3813252/ryan-smith-to-skoda-xanthi-john-valencia-rumored-to-be-leaving-chivas
  14. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield

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