Sadi Jalali

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Sadi Jalali
Personal information
Date of birth (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth New Delhi, India
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Edmonton
Number 9
Youth career
Edmonton Juventus
2012 Whitecaps FC Residency
2012–2013 FC Edmonton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– FC Edmonton 17 (1)
National team
2011 Canada U17 7 (2)
2014– Canada U20 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 2, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Sadi Jalali (born 6 June 1995) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a forward for FC Edmonton in the North American Soccer League.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in New Delhi, India to Afghan parents. Jalali moved to Quebec City, Quebec when he was only one-year old.[1] He then moved to Richmond, British Columbia when he was three years old and then to Edmonton, Alberta when he was five years old.[1] While growing up, Jalali played soccer, basketball, and volleyball.[1] He started playing club soccer for Millwoods Soccer Association.[1] He then spent three seasons at Edmonton Juventus before spending six months with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency.[2]

FC Edmonton[edit]

After spending time with FC Edmonton as a reserve player, Jalali signed a professional contract with the North American Soccer League side on 20 February 2013.[3] He then made his professional debut for Edmonton in a league match on 13 April 2013 against the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park, in which he came on as a 74th minute substitute for Michael Cox as Edmonton went on to lose the match 2–1.[4] In September 2014, FC Edmonton announced Jalali had signed a contract extension to keep him at the club.[5]

International[edit]

Jalali is eligible to represent Canada and Afghanistan (through his parents). Due to him representing Canada at the under-17 level meant that he had given up his Indian passport to acquire a Canadian one, thus he can not represent India unless he gives up Canadian citizenship.

Jalali represented the Canada U17 side for the first time during the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in which he made his debut for Canada on 17 February 2011 against Barbados' U17s and even scored his first international goal in that match as Canada went on to win 8–0.[6] Jalali would eventually win a silver-medal in that tournament as Canada finished in 2nd place behind the United States.[1] He would then go on to represent Canada at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in which he scored for Canada against England's U17s on 22 June 2011 in a match that would end 2–2 and thus Canada's chances of advancing out of the group in the top 2.[7] Jalali was named to the U20 squad that went to the 2014 Milk Cup,[8] where he scored a goal in the second game of the tournament against China.

Career statistics[edit]

As of November 2, 2014[9]
Club Season League Canadian Cup Other CONCACAF Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Edmonton 2013 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
FC Edmonton 2014 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Career total 17 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 18 1

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