Andres Arango

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Andres Arango
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Personal information
Full name Andrés Arango
Date of birth (1983-04-23) April 23, 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Medellín, Colombia
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Humber Hawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 York Region Shooters
2003 Montreal Impact 2 (0)
2004–2006 Toronto Lynx 69 (1)
2007 Montreal Impact 21 (0)
2008–2009 Minnesota Thunder 37 (0)
2010 NSC Minnesota Stars 28 (1)
2011–2013 Tampa Bay Rowdies[1] 41 (2)
National team
2002–2003 Canada U20 17 (0)
2002–2003 Canada U23 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 22, 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 13, 2009

Andres Arango (born April 23, 1983 in Medellín) is a Colombian-born Canadian former soccer player who played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League, USL A-League, and the North American Soccer League.

Career[edit]

Youth and College[edit]

Arango moved from his native Colombia to Canada with his parents as a young child. He played college soccer for Humber College.

Professional[edit]

Arango began his career in 2002 with the York Region Shooters in the Canadian Professional Soccer League.[2] In 2003, he signed with the Montreal Impact of the USL A-League.[3] After only making two appearances and playing 5 minutes he was traded in the off-season to their rivals the Toronto Lynx for defender Mauricio Vincello.[4]

In his debut season in Toronto he played 22 games and scored his first goal on July 18, 2004 versus Calgary Mustangs.[5] In his second season, he played 20 matches for the Lynx. At the conclusion of the season he was named the Toronto Lynx Defensive Player of the Year.[6] On April 19, 2006 Arango signed a new deal with the Lynx.[7]

During the 2006 season he was named Toronto Lynx Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year, and also led Toronto in minutes played with 2430 mins.[8] He helped his team to a 10-game undefeated streak at home, and also reached the Open Canada Cup final, but finished runners up to Ottawa St. Anthony Italia.[9]

When the season ended the Lynx were relegated two divisions down to the PDL, making him a free agent to sign for his former club the Montreal Impact.[10] After a disappointing season he was released by the Impact at the end of the season, and on April 22, 2008 the Minnesota Thunder signed him and former Impact forward Frederico Moojen.[11] On February 25, 2010, the NSC Minnesota Stars of the USSF Division 2 signed him.[12]

Arango signed a two-year contract with FC Tampa Bay of the North American Soccer League on February 22, 2011. The contract also included a club option for 2013,[13] although the 2013 option was declined on November 20, 2012.[14] Following the 2013 NASL season, Arango announced his retirement on March 1, 2014.

International[edit]

Arango also featured for the Canadian U20 team that made it to the quarter-finals in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.[15]

Honours[edit]

Tampa Bay Rowdies

References[edit]

  1. ^ Formerly known as FC Tampa Bay through 2011.
  2. ^ "CPSL - Canadian Professional Soccer League". 2003-01-20. Archived from the original on 2003-01-20. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  3. ^ "Argentinean defender Mauricio Vincello joins Impact in return for Andres Arango". 
  4. ^ Nutt, David. "Toronto Lynx Media Release February 25th, 2004". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  5. ^ Nutt, David. "Toronto Lynx Media Release February 25th, 2004". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  6. ^ Glover, Robin. "September 5, 2005 USL Toronto Lynx vs Minnesota Thunder (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  7. ^ Glover, Robin. "April 18, 2006 USL Toronto Lynx press conference (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  8. ^ Irwin, Rob. "September 10, 2006 USL Toronto Lynx vs Minnesota Thunder (from Lynx media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  9. ^ Glover, Robin. "September 24, 2006 Open Canada Cup final Toronto Lynx vs Ottawa St Anthony's Italia (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  10. ^ "Frederico Moojen and Andres Arango join the Impact". 
  11. ^ Thunder add pair from Montreal Archived July 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ http://www.nscsports.org/news-info/media_info/releases/stars_signings.htm
  13. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4156892
  14. ^ http://nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=3527%7COffseason Roster Moves Underway
  15. ^ "Canada Soccer". www.canadasoccer.com. Retrieved 2016-12-27.