André Hainault

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André Hainault
Hainault in 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-06-17) June 17, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
1. FC Kaiserslautern
Number 35
Youth career
Hudson Hawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Montreal Impact 3 (0)
2005–2009 Baník Most 66 (4)
2008Sparta Prague (loan) 2 (0)
2009–2012 Houston Dynamo 104 (6)
2013 Ross County 8 (1)
2013–2015 VfR Aalen 40 (1)
2015–2017 1. FC Magdeburg 33 (2)
2018– 1. FC Kaiserslautern 56 (2)
National team
2002–2003 Canada U17 14 (0)
2003–2005 Canada U20 18 (0)
2008 Canada U23 4 (0)
2006– Canada 44 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 5, 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 29, 2017

André Hainault (born June 17, 1986) is a Canadian international soccer player who plays as a defender for 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

Club career[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Born in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Hainault began his professional career with Montreal Impact in the USL First Division in 2004, and played three competitive games for the team prior to signing with small Czech side SIAD Most. Hainault played there alongside former star striker Horst Siegl and made 46 appearances for Most in the Gambrinus liga and the Czech 2. Liga. He scored a game-winning goal for them in the 88th minute of his league debut against Slovácko in February 2006. He also spent a brief time on loan with Sparta Prague before returning to North America.

Major League Soccer[edit]

Hainault defending San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski

The Houston Dynamo announced on April 14, 2009, that they had secured Hainault's international transfer certificate from Most; he had been training with the team throughout the 2009 pre-season. Hainault was signed to a standard four-year MLS contract and made a base salary of $55,125 in 2009.[2] He made his MLS debut for Houston on May 3, 2009, coming on as a substitute for Wade Barrett in a game against New England Revolution.[3]

Hainault turned down a call-up for two 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification matches due to an important club match-up against the Portland Timbers on October 15, 2011. It turned out to be a major factor in the game, with Hainault scoring his first goal of the season and opening goal of the game from a Brad Davis free kick. Houston went on to a 2–0 away win, clinching a playoff spot. Later in 2011, he scored two playoff goals, including the opening goal in a 2–0 win in the Eastern Conference Final of the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs, sending the Dynamo to their first MLS Cup since 2007.[4] Houston fell to the Los Angeles Galaxy on November 20, 2011, in a 1–0 final, with a goal from Landon Donovan.[5]

After an off-season with much speculation of a transfer to Bordeaux, Hainault remained in Houston for 2012 and scored the game-winning goal over Chivas USA in the season opener on March 11, 2012.[6]

Scottish Premier League[edit]

After the 2012 Major League Soccer season, a season in which Hainault was dropped from the starting line-up for the final two months, he signed for Scottish Premier League club Ross County on a free transfer.[7][8] Former Dynamo teammate and former Ross County player Adam Moffat sold him on the decision.[9] It was announced on January 29 that Hainault had been approved for a work permit to officially join the club.[10] Hainault made his debut for the club on February 23, 2013 against Motherwell as a 90th-minute substitute for Paul Lawson.[11][12] On May 19, 2013, Hainault became an instant legend with the Ross County faithful with a 10-yard volleyed goal in the 1–0 win against fierce local rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle to end the Inverness team's hopes of qualifying for Europe for the first time ever. The goal was Hainault's first for the club.[13] Following the season, despite reports that Ross County were set to re-sign him,[14]


On July 4, 2013, it was announced that Hainault would join German club VfR Aalen of the 2. Bundesliga on a two-year contract beginning with the 2013–14 2. Bundesliga season.[15][16] Hainault played 40 matches for Aalen, but saw his contract not renewed in 2015. He then joined newly promoted 3. Liga side 1. FC Magdeburg on a free transfer, signing a one-year contract.[17] On April 20, 2016, he extended his contract with 1. FC Magdeburg until 2018.[18] After missing significant time in the previous two years to injury, he returned to the lineup regularly and helped lead Magdeburg to promotion to the 2. Bundesliga in 2018.

In May 2018, Hainault turned down a new contract offer from the club, and signed a two-year contract with 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the offseason.[19][20] In August 2020, he signed a one-year contract with 1. FC Kaiserslautern as a leader of the reserves and a "stand-by" player for the first team.[21]

International career[edit]

Hainault played all three of Canada's matches at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. He made his senior debut for Canada in a November 2006 friendly match against Hungary. By December 2009, he had earned a total of 15 caps, scoring one goal. He has so far represented Canada in three FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[22] On March 29, 2011, Hainault scored his second international goal from a Will Johnson corner kick in friendly versus Belarus.[23]


  1. ^ "André Hainault". Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "2009 MLS Player Salaries: September 15, 2009: By Club" (PDF). MLS Players Union. September 15, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 28, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "Box Score". MLSnet. Archived from the original on January 19, 2010.
  4. ^ "No regrets for Hainault after goal and win". Houston Dynamo. October 15, 2011. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Donovan, LA topple Dynamo for title". Houston Dynamo. November 21, 2011. Archived from the original on June 23, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "Hainault steals it for Houston in stoppage time". Houston Dynamo. March 11, 2012. Archived from the original on June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  7. ^ Lovell, Darrell (January 10, 2013). "Dynamo confirm Hainault's exit to SPL side Ross County". MLS. Archived from the original on January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "Ross County sign defender Andre Hainault from Houston Dynamo". BBC Sport. BBC. January 12, 2013. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  9. ^ Fraser, Alasdair (January 30, 2013). "Ross County signing Andre Hainault says he is raring to go in Scotland's top-flight after four-years at Houston Dynamo". The Daily Record. Archived from the original on January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  10. ^ "Canadian defender Andre Hainault becomes Ross County's fourth January addition". The Daily Record. January 29, 2013. Archived from the original on December 25, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  11. ^ Bannerman, Charles (February 23, 2013). "Motherwell dropped from second to third in the Scottish Premier League after a decisive defeat by Ross County". BBC. Archived from the original on February 24, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  12. ^ Day, Gavin (February 26, 2013). "Canadian Exports: McKenna scores to help Koln stay red-hot". Major League Soccer. Archived from the original on February 28, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  13. ^ Crawford, Kenny (May 19, 2013). "Ross County beat Inverness CT for the first time since 2009, which helped edge their Highland rivals out of a Europa League spot for season 2013/14". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  14. ^ Davis, Eilidh (July 6, 2013). "Vincent's delight at move to Caley Jags". The Inverness Courier. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  15. ^ ""Schlauer" Mössmer bekommt Mitspieler Hainault" ['Clever' Mössmer gets fellow player Hainault] (in German). July 4, 2013. Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  16. ^ "VfR Aalen verpflichtet Kanadier Hainault" (in German). July 4, 2013. Archived from the original on July 6, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  17. ^ "1. FC Magdeburg verpflichtet André Hainault" [1. FC Magdeburg signs André Hainault]. (in German). 1. FC Magdeburg. Archived from the original on January 21, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  18. ^ "1. FC MAGDEBURG VERLÄNGERT MIT VERTEIDIGER ANDRE HAINAULT" (in German). Archived from the original on April 21, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  19. ^ "André Hainault verstärkt die FCK-Defensive". FC Kaiserslautern. May 12, 2018. Archived from the original on May 17, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  20. ^ Julian Koch (May 9, 2018). "Verlängerung beim FCM? André Hainault zögert noch". Liga 3 Online. Archived from the original on May 29, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  21. ^ Stollhof, Sebastian (August 3, 2020). "André Hainault bleibt als "Stand-by-Profi"". Die Rheinpfalz (in German). Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  22. ^ André HainaultFIFA competition record
  23. ^ "Canada defeats Belarus in Turkey". CSA. Archived from the original on April 2, 2011.

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