Bakary Soumaré

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Bakary Soumare
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Personal information
Date of birth (1985-11-09) 9 November 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Bamako, Mali
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2002–2005 La Salle Cardinals
2005–2006 Virginia Cavaliers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Chicago Fire 63 (0)
2009–2012 US Boulogne 67 (2)
2012 Karlsruher SC (loan) 7 (0)
2012–2013 Philadelphia Union 4 (0)
2013–2014 Chicago Fire 48 (1)
2015 Montreal Impact 10 (0)
2015 FC Dallas 0 (0)
Total 199 (3)
National team
2009–2010 Mali 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 November 2015

Bakary Soumaré (born 9 November 1985) is a Malian retired international footballer who played as a defender. He played professionally in the United States, France, Germany and Canada, and earned twelve caps for the Mali national team.

Early life[edit]

Born in Bamako, Mali, Soumaré moved as a two-year-old to France with this family, growing up in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris. At sixteen he left France for New York City where he attended the Catholic high school La Salle Academy for four years, eventually earning a degree. Through an athletic scholarship he was then able to go to the University of Virginia where he stayed for three semesters until he was drafted by the MLS.[1][2][3]

Club career[edit]

Chicago Fire[edit]

Soumaré was drafted 2nd overall by the Chicago Fire in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.[4] After appearing on a substitute bench several times, Soumaré made his debut, coming on for Brian Plotkin, in a 0-0 draw against Real Salt Lake on 27 May 2007; on 1 July 2007, Soumaré received a straight red card for a violent conduct in a 0-0 draw against Colorado Rapids.

Soumaré in a match against D.C. United on 8 May 2008, which Chicago won 2-0.

He since established himself in the first team. During the 2008 season, Soumaré scored an own goal against the team, which he played his first game against, in a 1-1 draw on the opening game of the season. Despite this, he was later nominated for the MLS Defender of the Year award, alongside Jimmy Conrad and eventual winner Chad Marshall.[5] On 31 May 2009, Soumaré's aggressive on-field play continued as he received a red card after a second bookable offence in a 3-0 loss against Dallas. In August 2009, Soumaré was fined for being involved in a fight with manager Denis Hamlett during the half-time interval of their game against Houston Dynamo.[6]

France[edit]

In August 2009, Soumaré joined French club US Boulogne on a four-year contract, for a reported fee of $2.200.000[7] Soumaré made his debut for the club on 19 August 2009, in a 2-0 loss against Ligue 1 champion Bordeaux. On 20 March 2010 Soumaré received a straight red card in a 3-0 loss against Paris Saint-Germain. At the end of the season Boulogne was relegated to Ligue 2 while Soumaré was promoted as captain ahead of the new season.[8] Soumaré scored his first goal of his career in a 1-0 win over Reims on 29 October 2010; his second came on his last game of the season in a 3-2 win over Tours on 22 April 2011. A clause in his contract allowed him to go on a loan when Boulogne got relegated. US Boulogne loaned Soumaré out for a fee of 500.000 Euros.[9] In total, Soumaré made 65 league appearances for Boulogne.[10]

Germany[edit]

In January 2012, Soumaré signed for German club Karlsruher SC on loan until the end of the 2011-12 season, having previously linked with 2. Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf and Ingolstadt 04.[11][12] Soumaré made his debut on 5 February in a 2-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue. However, his season got cut short due to a knee injury.[13] The club was relegated to 3. Fußball-Liga.

Philadelphia Union[edit]

Soumaré returned to Major League Soccer when he signed with Philadelphia Union on 26 June 2012.[14] Philadelphia traded with Vancouver Whitecaps FC to move up in the MLS Allocation Order and gain the right to sign Soumaré. Bakary made his first return in MLS since leaving Chicago Fire, in a 3-1 loss against his former club on 13 August 2012. In September 2012 he had an exploratory follow-up to the major knee surgery he underwent in April 2012.[15]

Return to Chicago[edit]

After playing back-to-back games against his old club, Philadelphia traded Soumaré back to Chicago Fire on 23 May 2013 in exchange for allocation money and a second-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.[16] Soumaré had asked the Union front office for a trade back in March due to a lack of playing time.

Montreal Impact[edit]

Soumaré's second stint in Chicago was not as successful as his first and the club declined his 2015 contract option at the conclusion of the 2014 season. In December 2014, Soumaré entered the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft and was selected in stage two by Montreal Impact.[17] He officially signed with the Impact on 6 January 2015.[18] He asked to leave the club in July 2015.[19]

FC Dallas[edit]

In July 2015, Soumaré was traded to FC Dallas in exchange for Kyle Bekker.[20]

International[edit]

Soumaré had expressed a desire to represent the United States at international level once he would become an American citizen. At the time of the announcement, he believed he would have his citizenship by sometime in 2009.[4] After that was not possible, Soumaré declared himself for Mali, making his debut in 2009. In the Africa Cup of Nations, Soumaré was in a squad and made two appearances, playing 90 minutes and receiving a yellow card, resulting in a miss for one game.[citation needed]

Personal[edit]

Soumaré is a triple citizen of Mali, France and the United States.[21][22]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 9 November 2015[23][24][25]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2007 Chicago Fire Major League Soccer 19 0 1 0 1 0 21 0
2008 28 0 2 0 3 0 33 0
2009 16 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2009–10 US Boulogne Ligue 1 20 0 2 0 1 0 23 0
2010–11 Ligue 2 31 2 2 0 4 0 37 2
2011–12 16 0 0 0 1 0 17 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2011–12 Karlsruher SC 2. Bundesliga 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
USA/Canada League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2012 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013 3 0 3 0
2013 Chicago Fire 22 0 4 0 26 0
2014 26 0 4 0 30 0
2015 Montreal Impact 20 0 0 0 6 0 16 0
2015 FC Dallas 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total USA 115 0 13 0 3 0 0 0 131 0
France 67 2 4 0 6 0 0 0 77 2
Germany 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Canada 10 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 16 0
Career total 199 2 17 0 9 0 6 0 231 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football : Bakary Soumare vise le titre avec Chicago" [Football: Bakary Soumare for the Title With Chicago] (in French). france-amerique.com. 7 July 2009. Archived from the original on 9 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "What Ever Happened To ... Bakary Soumare". MLS Soccer. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bakary Soumare". Virginia Sports. 
  4. ^ a b Ives Galarcep (3 November 2008). "Bakary Soumare will play for Mali". SoccerByIves.net. Archived from the original on 14 April 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Allan Ramsay (6 November 2008). "Columbus' Marshall wins MLS Defender of the Year". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Ives Galarcep (15 August 2009). "Chicago Fire to fine Hamlett and Soumare for locker-room fight". SoccerByIves.net. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Ives Galarcep (24 August 2009). "Bakary Soumare sold to French club Boulogne". SoccerByIves.net. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Nick Firchau (10 February 2012). "What Ever Happened To ... Bakary Soumare". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Boulogne B.Soumaré tracked in Germany (in French:Boulogne : B.Soumaré pisté en Allemagne)" (in French). Football365. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Bakary Soumaré – French league stats at LFP
  11. ^ "Official: Bakary Soumare transferred to Karlsruhe on a loan". Soccer Fame. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "KSC: Bakary Soumaré already in the approach (in German:" (in German). Ka-News.de. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Bakary Soumare Will Miss the Rest of the Season: MLS Fan View". Yahoo! Eurosport. 30 September 2012. Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Union sign central defender Bakary Soumare". Philadelphia Union. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Union playing it safe as Soumare undergoes minor surgery". MLS Soccer. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/05/23/report-philadelphia-union-set-deal-bakary-soumare-back-chicago-fire
  17. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/12/18/san-jose-earthquakes-houston-dynamo-each-grab-two-players-stage-2-re-entry-d
  18. ^ http://www.impactmontreal.com/en/news/2015/01/le-defenseur-bakary-soumare-sous-contract-avec-limpact
  19. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2015/07/15/unhappy-lack-playing-time-defender-bakary-soumare-asks-leave-montreal-impact
  20. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2015/07/16/montreal-impact-trade-bakary-soumare-fc-dallas-exchange-canadian-internation
  21. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/02/10/what-ever-happened-bakary-soumare
  22. ^ "Bakary Soumare sold to French club Boulogne". sbisoccer.com. 24 August 2009. Archived from the original on 9 September 2016. 
  23. ^ MLS profile
  24. ^ Bakary Soumaré at Soccerway
  25. ^ Bakary Soumaré at National-Football-Teams.com

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