Andy Polo

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Andy Polo
Personal information
Full name Andy Jorman Polo Andrade
Date of birth (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Portland Timbers
Number 11
Youth career
2004–2011 Universitario
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Universitario 59 (8)
2013–2014 Universidad San Martín 28 (4)
2014 Internazionale 0 (0)
2014–2016 Millonarios 11 (2)
2015–2016Universitario (loan) 57 (5)
2017–2019 Morelia 24 (2)
2018Portland Timbers (loan) 23 (1)
2019– Portland Timbers 12 (0)
2019– Portland Timbers 2 1 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Peru U-15 4 (1)
2010–2011 Peru U-17 [2] 4 (3)
2011–2013 Peru U-20 4 (1)
2016– Peru 31 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 July 2019

Andy Jorman Polo Andrade (born 29 September 1994), commonly known as La Joya (The Jewel), is a Peruvian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Portland Timbers. Polo made his professional debut with Peruvian club Universitario in the 2011 season at the young age of 16.[3] Polo built a name for himself with his rapid acceleration and scoring skills. Being able to play in any of the four attacking positions, in his first season he quickly became an asset in the attacking force of his team. As the team's top scorer, Polo helped the Universitario under-20 squad win the 2011 U-20 Copa Libertadores.[4]

Club career[edit]

Universitario[edit]

Polo got his start in Universitario de Deportes as a youth. He made his official debut in the Torneo Descentralizado on 23 April 2011, against Alianza Atletico in the ninth round of the 2011 Descentralizado season, at the age of 16.[5] His debut match was played at home in the Monumental and finished 1–0 in favor of Universitario de Deportes.[5] Polo played from the start and was later substituted for Raúl Ruidíaz in the 67th minute.[6] In his second professional match, Polo scored his first senior career goal on 6 May 2011 in a league match at home against Cienciano del Cuzco.[7] He scored his first goal in the 8th minute of the match by controlling with his head a lobbed through ball from Pablo Vitti and finishing with a strong left-footed shot into the top-right corner of the net.[8] In a very short time, Polo earned a spot in the starting eleven and played in the following league games.[9] In round 15, Andy was on the scoresheet again in the 3–0 home win over Unión Comercio.[10] Then he made his Torneo Intermedio (now known as the Copa Inca) debut on 28 May 2011 in the First Round against Sport Ancash.[11] With Universitario starting the match with mainly players from the reserves and already behind two goals, Polo entered the match in the 46th minute but could not help his side avoid the 3–2 elimination away to the Rosas Pampa Stadium in Huaraz.[12]

With the league in the mid season rest, Polo, aged 16 years, was selected by manager Javier Chirinos for the under-20 Universitario squad to participate in the first edition of the 2011 U-20 Copa Libertadores.[4] Andy managed to score three goals in six games and finished as the team's top scorer.[4] Polo went on to help his side win the very first U-20 Copa Libertadores alongside notable players such as Edison Flores and Willyan Mimbela.[13] Chirinos included Polo in the starting eleven in all of the games including the final against Boca Juniors, which his side defeated 4–2 on penalties.[4]

Polo made his debut in a senior international competition on 1 September 2011 in the second round of the Copa Sudamericana away to Deportivo Anzoategui.[14] He was in the starting line up and later provided the assist for teammate Johan Fano's winning goal in the 49th minute, which gave his club a 2–1 win in the first leg.[14] After his club got through to the next round and on the day of his 17th birthday, Polo was voted man of the match after he provided an assist for Raul Ruidiaz's goal in the 1–1 draw in the first leg match away to Godoy Cruz.[15][16] In his fourth match of the tournament, Polo scored his first goal in the Copa Sudamericana in the second leg at home (Miguel Grau stadium) against Godoy Cruz.[17] His goal came in the 85th minute by heading in a cross from Edison Flores and eventually forced the match to a penalty shootout, which Universitario won 3–2.[17] At the end of the season, Polo was given the award for Jugador Revelación (Breakthrough Player) of the 2011 Torneo Descentralizado season.[18]

Internazionale[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Italian giants Internazionale signed Polo on a short-term contract for an undisclosed fee.[19]

Millonarios[edit]

Millonarios bought 50% of his playing rights in 2014 and had Polo for 3 years with the option to buy the other 50%. He scored 2 goals in 11 games before being loaned six months later to Universitario, where he won the 2016 Apertura Tournament.[20]

Monarcas Morelia[edit]

In January 2017, Polo moved to Mexico and signed for Monarcas Morelia.[21]

Portland Timbers[edit]

In January 2018, Polo signed on loan with Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.[22] Targeted Allocation Money was used to avoid the use of a designated player contract.[23] He made his debut in the opening round of the 2018 MLS fixtures. He started the game as the Timbers lost 2-1 to LA Galaxy at the StubHub Centre.[24]

Polo's move to Portland became permanent at the end of their 2018 season.[25]

International career[edit]

In May 2018 he was named in Peru's provisional 24 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 July 2012[3]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Peru Descentralizado Copa Inca Copa Libertadores Copa Sudamericana Total
Universitario de Deportes 2011 19 4 0 1 0 0 5 1 2 25 5 2
2012 18 4 2 0 0 0 18 4 2
Subtotal 37 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 2 43 9 4
Career total 37 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 2 43 9 4

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 16 June 2018.[27]
Peru
Year Apps Goals
2016 9 1
2017 6 0
2018 2 0
Total 17 1

International goal[edit]

As of match played 28 May 2016. Peru score listed first, score column indicates score after each Polo goal.[28]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 May 2016 RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States 2  El Salvador 2–0 3–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club

Universitario de Deportes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Matches of A. Polo: National Team". Soccer Way. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Player – Andy Polo". FootballDatabase. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d "Club Universitario de Deportes Campeon de la Copa Libertadores Sub-20 Peru 2011". daleucampeon.4t.com (in Spanish). 28 June 2011. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Match: Universitario 1-0 Alianza Atlético de Sullana". footballdatabase.eu. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  6. ^ "U. Deportes1 - 0Alianza Atl". soccernet.espn.go.com. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Andy Polo hizo su primer gol en la profesional" (in Spanish). larepublica.pe. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Match: Universitario Lima 5-0 Cienciano". footballdatabase.eu. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Fixtures/Results for 2011". footballdatabase.eu. December 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Match: Universitario 3-0 Unión Comercio". footballdatabase.eu. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Áncash 3 - Universitario 2" (in Spanish). dechalaca.com. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Match: Sport Ancash 3-2 Universitario". footballdatabase.eu. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  13. ^ "Peruvian striker Andy Polo makes headlines". bbc.co.uk. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Match: Anzoategui 1-2 Universitario". footballdatabase.eu. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  15. ^ "Andy Polo de Universitario fue elegido el jugador del partido" (in Spanish). terra.com.pe. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  16. ^ "Match: Godoy Cruz 1-1 Universitario". footballdatabase.eu. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  17. ^ a b "Match: Universitario 3-2 Godoy Cruz". footballdatabase.eu. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  18. ^ "Premiación a los campeones de la Copa Movistar 2011" (in Spanish). terra.com.pe. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  19. ^ Rachel Case (31 January 2014). "Peruvian footballer Andy Polo signs with Inter Milan". Living in Peru. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Millonarios vendió al peruano Andy Polo al Monarcas de México - ELESPECTADOR.COM". 10 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Ex-Inter Milan Peruvian striker Andy Polo transfers to Monarcas Morelia - FutnSoccer". www.futnsoccer.com.
  22. ^ https://www.timbers.com/post/2018/01/17/timbers-acquire-peruvian-winger-andy-polo
  23. ^ "Timbers sign Peru attacker Polo - sources".
  24. ^ "LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers - Football Match Line-Ups - March 5, 2018 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  25. ^ https://www.timbers.com/post/2018/12/10/portland-timbers-announce-roster-status-ahead-2019-season
  26. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists - Goal.com".
  27. ^ "Andy Polo". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  28. ^ Andy Polo at Soccerway

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