Andrew Dykstra

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Andrew Dykstra
Andrew Dykstra DC United.JPG
Andrew Dykstra playing for DC United
Personal information
Full name Andrew Dykstra
Date of birth (1986-01-02) January 2, 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Number 21
Youth career
2004–2008 VCU Rams
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Richmond Kickers Future 45 (0)
2009–2010 Chicago Fire 17 (0)
2011 Charleston Battery 13 (0)
2012–2016 D.C. United 14 (0)
2012 Charleston Battery (loan) 19 (0)
2013 Richmond Kickers (loan) 22 (0)
2016 Richmond Kickers (loan) 8 (0)
2017– Sporting Kansas City 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 1, 2016.

Andrew Dykstra (born January 2, 1986) is an American soccer player who plays for Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

College and amateur[edit]

Dykstra grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia, attended Osbourn Park High School, and played college soccer at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2004 to 2008, redshirting in his first year. He was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team as a freshman in 2005, and played in all 18 matches for VCU in his senior season, being named to the All-CAA Second Team and recognized as the goalkeeper on the 2008 Scholar All-East Third Team.

During his college years Dykstra also played four seasons in the USL Premier Development League for Richmond Kickers Future.

Professional[edit]

Undrafted out of college, Dykstra was signed to Chicago Fire's developmental roster on April 6, 2009[1] and signed to a senior roster spot later in June 2009.[2] He made his full professional debut for Fire on June 30, 2009, in a US Open Cup third round game against Wilmington Hammerheads.[3]

Dykstra became the Fire's number one goalkeeper just prior to the 2010 season, when the new coaching staff, in a surprise last-minute move, chose to waive starting goalkeeper Jon Busch.[4] He made his MLS debut on March 27, 2010, in Chicago's 2010 season opener against the New York Red Bulls[5]

On January 31, 2011, the Fire announced that they released Dykstra after two seasons with the club.[6] Dykstra signed with Charleston Battery of the USL Pro league on March 23, 2011.[7]

On August 12, 2011, Dykstra was named Most Valuable Player at the final league game of the regular season, in recognition for his successful season in which he led the USL Pro League in lowest Goals Against Average and fewest goals allowed.[8]

During the 2014 season, Dykstra started for the first time in the MLS since 2010 for three matches to replace injured goalkeeper Bill Hamid. Dykstra performed "admirably" allowing only one goal.[9] Later in the same season, Dykstra started for a friendly game against Fulham FC where he suffered a ruptured Achilles and was ruled out for the rest of the season.[10]

Following his released from D.C. United at the end of the 2016 season, Dykstra was selected by Sporting Kansas City in the 2016 MLS Re-Entry Draft Stage 2.[11] Dykstra is currently unsigned, but Sporting Kansas City currently hold his rights within the league.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chicago Fire sign goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 21, 2009. Retrieved July 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ http://web.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20090630&content_id=5625670&vkey=pr_chf&fext=.jsp&team=t100
  4. ^ "Fire waive goalkeeper Jon Busch". Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ January 31, 201112:55PM CSTChicago Fire Communications (January 31, 2011). "Fire Release Andrew Dykstra". Chicago Fire. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Battery Adds Dykstra, Dugoni & Bah - OurSports Central". Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Battery clinches spot in USL Pro postseason with 4-3 win over Charlotte". Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  9. ^ Maurer, Pablo (April 26, 2014). "DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid makes successful return in win over Dallas: "It feels great to win"". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Andrew Dykstra out for the remainder of the season". dcunited.com. July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "2016 MLS Re-Entry Draft Stage 2". MLSsoccer.com. December 22, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 

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