Ansu Toure

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Ansu Toure
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Personal information
Full name Ansu Toure
Date of birth (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Monrovia, Liberia
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Youth career
Genesis Football Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Minnesota Twin Stars 14 (27)
2006–2007 Minnesota Thunder 34 (9)
2007–2008 Atlanta Silverbacks 19 (9)
2008 Miami FC 8 (4)
2009–2010 Vancouver Whitecaps 37 (12)
2011 FC Locarno 35 (17)
2012–2013 FC Vestsjælland 30 (14)
2014–2015 Persiba Balikpapan 19 (9)
National team
2004 Liberia U-14 17 (13)
2005 Liberia U-15 6 (0)
2006 Liberia U-20 5 (0)
2016 Liberia 19 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2016

Ansu Toure (born 18 October 1991) is a professional Liberian footballer that last played in the Indonesian league with Persiba Balikpapan, he is also a member of the Liberian national football team

Career[edit]

Youth and Amateur[edit]

Toure played five years of youth soccer with Genesis Football Club in his native Liberia, before moving with his family to St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1999. He graduated from Park Center Senior High School in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, before taking courses in sport management at North Hennepin Community College in 2009 and 2010. The midfielder's elementary school in Liberia was known as 'Mission for Today'. Toure also netted 27 goals in 14 appearances for the Minnesota Twin Stars in the National Premier Soccer League in 2006.[1]

Professional[edit]

Toure first entered the United Soccer Leagues First Division with Minnesota Thunder in July 2006, and in two seasons with the Thunder,[2] Toure scored six goals and added one assist in 34 appearances. Prior to the start of his second season in Minnesota, Toure played in eight preseason matches during a two-month trial with New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. During his spell with the Red Bulls, Toure scored a goal against Houston Dynamo as well as the game-winner against D.C. United. Bruce Arena commented on Toure that he had a nice hard shot and was getting better every week. Despite Toure impressing Red Bulls Coach Arena, he was not offered a contract.

Toure transferred to the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2007, eventually scoring six goals and recording four assists in 19 matches. Two of Toure's six goals last season came in Atlanta's 3–2 loss to the Whitecaps on 10 August. Four days after the Whitecaps match, Toure was traded to Miami FC for midfielder Sean Cameron. As a member of the Blues, the winger assisted on one goal during his eight appearances.

On 21 January 2009 Toure joined Vancouver Whitecaps, signing a two-year contract.[3] He scored his first goal for the team on 9 June 2010 against the Carolina RailHawks.[4]

In February 2011, Toure signed a contract with Swiss Challenge League club FC Locarno.[5] After releasing from Locarno, he joined Danish 1st Division side FC Vestsjaelland on 2 July 2012.

International[edit]

Toure has played for the U-14, U-15 and U-20 Liberian National teams. Toure has also received a call-up to Liberia's senior side, but was unable to attend due to club commitments. In 2013, he represented Liberia in 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Uganda and Senegal.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived 18 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  3. ^ [2] Archived 24 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ USSF Division-2 Pro League. Ussf.demosphere.com (9 June 2010). Retrieved on 3 August 2013.
  5. ^ Ansu Toure Signs in Europe Archived 4 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Liberiansoccer.com (18 October 1991). Retrieved on 3 August 2013.
  6. ^ FIFA. "FIFA Player Statistics: Ansu TOURE". Retrieved on 19 June 2016.

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