Wálter Restrepo

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Wálter Restrepo
Personal information
Full name Wálter Restrepo Uribe
Date of birth (1988-06-21) June 21, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
San Antonio Scorpions
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Boyacá Chicó 8 (0)
2011–2013 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 51 (10)
2014– San Antonio Scorpions 27 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 30, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Wálter Restrepo Uribe (born June 21, 1988) is an American soccer player who currently plays for the San Antonio Scorpions in the North American Soccer League. He is most known for his speed on the wing and taking on defenders one-on-one.

Career[edit]

Fort Lauderdale Strikers[edit]

2011[edit]

Retrepo signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on July 11, 2011, midway through the 2011 NASL season.[1] He made his debut for the Strikers in a 3-0 win against FC Edmonton on July 30. Restrepo scored his first goal for the Strikers in his first start with the club, beating Brad Knighton with a half-volley from 30 yards out.[2] Restrepo's goal, along with the stoppage-time winner from Martin Nuñez in the same game, was voted by fans as the #1 play of 2011. Restrepo scored his second goal for the Strikers in the 3-1 victory against the Puerto Rico Islanders in the semifinal round of the playoffs. He ended his first season with the Strikers having made a total of twelve appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and a single assist.

2012[edit]

In December 2011, the Strikers announced that they had picked up Restrepo's option for the 2012 season.[3] He switched from the number 19 jersey to the iconic 10 shirt after Mike Palacio signed with the RailHawks. Restrepo began the season as the Strikers' main playmaker, occupying the hole behind the forwards. On April 21, he assisted both Andy Herron's goals in the 2-2 draw with the San Antonio Scorpions. A week later he scored his first goal of the season against rivals Tampa Bay Rowdies in the 90th minute of the 3-1 loss.

After the emergence of teammate Mark Anderson in the attacking midfield position, Restrepo moved to the right side of midfield. On July 7, Restrepo recorded his first multi-goal game, scoring twice against the RailHawks in a 3-3 draw at WakeMed Soccer Park. The Strikers extended Restrepo's contract on July 17 to carry through the 2013 season, with an option for 2014. On July 28 against the Atlanta Silverbacks, Restrepo scored his sixth goal of the season and extended his league-lead in assists from six to eight.[4]

On August 15, the Strikers announced that Restrepo would miss the remainder of the season after suffering an ACL tear.[5]

2013[edit]

Restrepo made his return from injury in the first match of the 2013 season on April 6—nearly 8 months after tearing his ACL. He replaced Rubens in the 65th minute to a rapturous applause, sparking a comeback 1-1 tie with FC Edmonton in his 25 minute cameo.[6]

2014[edit]

Restrepo was traded to San Antonio Scorpions on January 8, 2014 in exchange for hotel and transportation arrangements during the club's trip to Texas, in what has been called by some as the most bizarre trade in soccer history. [7] Restrepo later clarified in an interview that he intended to leave for two years, and praised the team's creativity in making the trade.[8]

Restrepo forced what was later considered an own goal by the NY Cosmos in the 2014 NASL semi-final during extra-time. That goal would be the game winner and would send the eventual champions, San Antonio Scorpions, into the championship match.

Career Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 15 August 2012

Club Season League Cup Playoffs Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2011 7 1 0 5 1 1 12 2 1
2012 21 6 8 2 1 1 0 0 0 22 7 9
2013 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 0
Career total 32 8 8 2 1 1 5 1 1 38 10 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strikers Sign Walter Restrepo
  2. ^ Restrepo Goal Against Carolina
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ [4]
  7. ^ Edwards, Andy. "NASL concludes memorable news day with strangest soccer trade ever | SIDELINE". MLSsoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Heizer, Pedro. "Walter Restrepo Looks Ahead to Opportunity with Scorpions |". 90minutesstrong.com. 90minutesstrong.com. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 

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