Alain Rochat

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Alain Rochat
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Personal information
Full name Alain Rochat
Date of birth (1983-02-01) 1 February 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender, Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
BSC Young Boys
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Yverdon Sport FC 52 (7)
2002–2005 BSC Young Boys 115 (5)
2005–2006 Rennes 9 (0)
2006–2011 Zürich[A] 117 (7)
2011–2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 67 (5)
2013 D.C. United 5 (0)
2013– BSC Young Boys 49 (2)
National team
2003–2005 Switzerland 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05:08, 14 October 2015 (UTC).


Alain Rochat (born 1 February 1983 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada) is a Swiss footballer who plays for BSC Young Boys.

Club career[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Rochat was born in Canada but his family moved to Switzerland when he was two years old.[1] He began his career at Yverdon Sport FC in 1999 before moving to BSC Young Boys in 2002. His play with Young Boys led to a move to French side Rennes in 2005.[2]

Seeing limited action with the French side, Rochat returned to Switzerland joining top side Zürich in time for the 2006 campaign. Rochat was part of the FC Zürich side that won Swiss Super League championship titles during the 2006–07 and 2008–09 campaigns. Having become a prominent member of FC Zurich, he signed a new four-year contract with the club.[3] In 2010, Rochat and FC Zürich reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, where they faced Spanish giants Real Madrid, Italian powerhouse AC Milan, and France's Olympique de Marseille in Group C.

Vancouver Whitecaps[edit]

He signed with USSF-D2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC during the 2010 season but was immediately loaned back to FC Zürich until 21 January 2011.[4] He joined the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer upon his return. During the 2011 Major League Soccer season, the Whitecaps finished last MLS, but during the 2012 season, Rochat switched from his usual left back position to a defensive midfield position and helped lead the team to more than 10 clean sheets.

D.C. United[edit]

Rochat was traded to D.C. United on 7 June 2013 in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and a conditional pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Rochat was reportedly unhappy with the trade since it disrupted his family life.[5]

Return to Switzerland[edit]

Rochat with BSC Young Boys

After a month with D.C. United, Rochat was sold to one of his former clubs, BSC Young Boys, for a fee of $500,000.[6]

International career[edit]

Rochat appeared for Switzerland at the youth international level before making his senior international debut on 4 June 2005, as Switzerland claimed a 3–1 away victory over the Faroe Islands in Group Four of European qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.[7]

Honours[edit]

FC Zürich[edit]

Notes[edit]

A.  Signed with Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer and then loaned-back to Zürich until January 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadians must also be good to get to play (Whitecaps defend their player policy)". Canada.com. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Alain Rochat's profile, stats & pics". Stade-rennais-online.com. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rochat rewarded for Zürich efforts". Uefa.com. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.vancourier.com/sports/Vancouver+Whitecaps+building+roster+with+Swiss+internationals/3409695/story.html. Retrieved 14 December 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ "DC United newcomer Alain Rochat blasts American-style trade process: "It's terrible"". MLSsoccer.com. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Goff, Steven (24 February 2011). "D.C. United sells Alain Rochat". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived 23 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine.

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