Avneet Shergill

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Avneet Shergill
Personal information
Full name Avneet Singh Shergill
Date of birth (1985-12-03) December 3, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Stockton, CA, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2002–2004 Westside Metros
2004–2006 Tyler Junior College
2006–2008 Marshall Thundering Herd
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Ajax Orlando Prospects 8 (3)
2008 West Virginia Chaos 12 (2)
2009 Portland Timbers U23s 15 (1)
2009–2010 Salgaocar SC 3 (1)
Teams managed
2013–2014 R. A. Long High School (head coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 November 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 November 2014

Avneet Singh Shergill (born December 3, 1985) is a retired Indian American soccer player, who played as forward for Ajax Orlando Prospects, West Virginia Chaos and the Portland Timbers U23s in the USL Premier Development League and for Indian I-League club Salgaocar SC.[1]

Career[edit]

Shergill was born in Stockton, California, in the United States, to immigrant parents from India. His mother Navjot Shergill was a Track and field runner for Khalsa College in Punjab, India. He joined Tyler Junior College from the Westside Metros SC in 2004, where he finished the season with 2005 NSCAA Junior College All-West Region Team honours, scoring nine goals. In 2006, he joined the Marshall Thundering Herd.[2] after a season competing with the Ajax Orlando Prospects from the USL Premier Development League. He scored 3 goals in 8 appearances for the Prospects, the American farm team of Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam.[3]

After the team had a poor season in his first year at Marshall, Shergill led the Thundering Herd with his attacking prowess from the flanks. He finished 2nd in goals and 1st in assists in his final season, tallying goals against the likes of nationally ranked teams Tulsa, South Carolina, and Kentucky. His college career ended, one game shy of the Conference-USA Championship, and a potential berth in the NCAA Tournament. Following his career with Marshall, he returned to the USL Premier Development League playing for West Virginia Chaos in the 2008 season, scoring three times in twelve appearances.[4] In 2009, he joined the Portland Timbers U23s scoring twice in 15 appearances.[5] In 2009, Shergill transferred to Salgaocar SC, competing in the I-League in India.[6] He became the first Indian American to compete in the newly formed league, where he was later joined by the leading scorer of the Timbers 1st team Mandjou Keita.[7] He scored his first I-League goal for Salgaocar SC on 22 January 2010 in an away match against Air India FC at the famous Cooperage Ground in the city of Mumbai, which ended in a 2–1 loss.[8] A severe tear in his left groin muscle cut his I-League appearances short and he returned to the states after the season for rehabilitation.

After one season in India, he returned to the United States, competing for Red Army FC on amateur level in the Greater Portland Soccer District as well as BC Tigers of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League of British Columbia, Canada before retiring from football as a player.[9] He currently has a USSF National "D" License as a youth soccer coach and also coached Varsity Boys for a season as head coach at R. A. Long High School in Longview, Washington.[10]

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • 2005 NSCAA Junior College All-West Region Team

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anveet Shergill - Statistics". Worldfootball.net. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Avneet Shergill - profile". Herdzone.com. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ajax Orlando Prospects - 2006 Statistics". USL Soccer. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "West Virginia Chaos - 2008 Statistics". USL Soccer. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Portland Timbers U23s - 2008 Statistics". USL Soccer. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "JCT, Salgaocar in battle of equals". Times of India. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Keita loan going well in India". USL Soccer. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "I-League: Air India Edge Past Salgaocar To Move Out Of The Drop Zone". Goal.com. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Red Army - Greater Portland Soccer District". Greater Portland Soccer District. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "R.A. Long soccer - Avneet Shergill". Preps+. Retrieved 7 November 2014.