Aaron Pitchkolan

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Aaron Pitchkolan
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Personal information
Full name Aaron Pitchkolan
Date of birth (1983-03-14) March 14, 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Aurora, Colorado, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Youth career
2001 Tampa Spartans
2002–2004 West Virginia Mountaineers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Boulder Rapids Reserve 19 (2)
2005–2009 FC Dallas 68 (5)
2009 San Jose Earthquakes 9 (0)
2010 Rochester Rhinos 25 (3)
2011 Puerto Rico Islanders 27 (3)
2012 San Antonio Scorpions 23 (2)
2013–2016 Minnesota United 95 (5)
2017 Jacksonville Armada 31 (0)
Teams managed
2018 Jacksonville Armada (assistant)
2019– Jacksonville Armada U-23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:22, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

Aaron Pitchkolan (born March 14, 1983, in Aurora, Colorado) is a retired American soccer player and coach.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Pitchkolan played high school soccer at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora.[1] He also featured for club sides Real Colorado and Cherry Creek Lightning and his local Olympic Development team.[1] He began his college career at University of Tampa where he played in 19 games as a freshman and helped the team win the NCAA Division II championship.[2] Pitchkolan transferred to West Virginia University where he played in 54 games scoring 11 goals over three seasons.[3] In the college offseason, Pitchkolan played in the USL Premier Development League for Boulder Rapids Reserve.

Professional[edit]

Pitchkolan was bypassed in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft and had to wait until the second round of the Supplemental Draft to be selected.[1] Pitchkolan appeared in his first MLS game on May 15, 2005, as a substitute for Carey Talley in a game against the Colorado Rapids. His first goal came a game later on May 22, 2005, in a 5–2 win against Chivas USA. In all, Pitchkolan played in 20 games scoring 3 goals in his first MLS season. In 2006, Pitchkolan featured in only 10 games, all as a substitute, and playing a total of 94 minutes for the first team. A highlight of his season was his stoppage time winner against the Kansas City Wizards on April 23, 2006, in a match that ended 3–2.[4] In 2007, Pitchkolan made the transition to center back, a position he occasionally played in college. He made 16 appearances, 11 as starts, but did not score any goals. In 2008, he played 21 games, starting in nine and scored one goal. He was used as cover for Dallas' veteran defender, Duilio Davino. Aaron was one of three players to be active for all 30 regular season games along with Kenny Cooper and Dominic Oduro. Pitch was left unprotected for the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft, but he was not selected.[5]

On April 28, 2009, FC Dallas traded Pitchkolan to the San Jose Earthquakes for a conditional pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft,[6] but was later put on waivers on March 4, 2010.

He subsequently signed for the Rochester Rhinos of the USSF Division 2 Professional League in April 2010. On February 25, 2011, it was announced that the Puerto Rico Islanders had acquired his rights from the Rhinos.[7]

In January 2013, Pitchkolan was signed by Minnesota United FC. With a header to feed Lucas Rodriguez, Pitchkolan recorded the club's first assist on April 20 against FC Edmonton. The next week, he scored his first goal with Minnesota, a game-winner in a 3-2 victory at Atlanta. Pitchkolan scored two goals and contributed one assist in 2013, playing 1,665 minutes with 20 appearances for Minnesota. He was named to the NASL Best XI in 2013 for playing a key role on the defense and was selected to the NASL Team of The Week three times throughout the year.[8]

He subsequently signed with the perennial juggernaut On a Bender of the Beaches Adult Soccer League in Fall 2017. Arguably the peak of his career, he immediately slotted into the starting lineup and led the squad to numerous BASL championships, including 2019 Spring 11x11 and 2018 Summer 7x7.

Honors[edit]

Rochester Rhinos[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Aaron Pitchkolan Player Bio". FC Dallas. 2009-01-18. Archived from the original on 2008-12-22. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  2. ^ Hunt, Steve (2008-12-09). "College Cup memories for Hoops trio". MLSnet.com. Retrieved 2009-01-18.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Aaron Pitchkolan WVU stats". WVU Stats. 2009-01-18. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  4. ^ Hunt, Steve (2006-04-24). "'Pitch' proves a good catch for FCD". MLSnet.com. Archived from the original on October 7, 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  5. ^ "MLS Expansion Draft on Nov. 26". MLSnet.com. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2009-01-18.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Goff, Steven (2009-04-28). "Dallas Roster Move(s)". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-12-05.
  7. ^ Islanders, Puerto Rico (2011-02-25). "Los Islanders adquieren a Aaron Pitchkolan". prislandersfc.com. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  8. ^ http://www.mnunitedfc.com/team/roster/player/uuid/1ob2uq94dz1441vot4xpzkav21/aaron-pitchkolan[permanent dead link]

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