Ben Spencer (soccer)

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Ben Spencer
Personal information
Full name Ben Fritz Spencer, Jr.
Date of birth (1995-03-28) March 28, 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Phoenix Rising
Number 22
Youth career
2010–2011 Real Salt Lake
2011–2012 Chivas USA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Molde FK 2 (0)
2014Indy Eleven (loan) 11 (2)
2015Toronto FC II (loan) 0 (0)
2016–2017 Toronto FC II (loan) 6 (0)
2017–2018 Toronto FC 5 (0)
2017–2018Toronto FC II (loan) 12 (1)
2019– Phoenix Rising 0 (0)
National team
2012 United States U18 8 (5)
2015 United States U20 5 (5)
2014 United States U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 5, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 14, 2015

Ben Spencer (born March 28, 1995) is an American soccer player who plays as a forward for Phoenix Rising in the USL Championship.

Club career[edit]

Youth[edit]

A native of New Mexico, Spencer joined Real Salt Lake's Grande Sports Academy ahead of the 2010-11 season. He left the RSL system for the 2011-12 season for the Chivas USA academy (although his MLS rights were retained by Real Salt Lake).[1] Spencer committed to play college soccer for UC Santa Barbara for the fall 2013 season but instead agreed to join Molde in Norway in December 2012.[2]

Professional[edit]

After several months of training, Spencer signed a professional deal with Molde in April 2013, shortly after turning 18.[3] He made his professional debut in a 4–0 win over Vålerenga on September 1, 2013.[4]

In March 2014 Spencer moved on a season-long loan to NASL side Indy Eleven,[5] returning to Molde in November 2014 upon the completion of his loan deal.[6] He moved to Toronto FC II in 2015, on loan, however, he suffered an injury and was unable to appear in a match for the team. After the season, he returned to Molde, although Toronto FC acquired his MLS rights from Real Salt Lake.[7]

After spending 2016 and the beginning of 2017 with Toronto FC II in the United Soccer League, Spencer made the move up to Toronto FC on May 2, 2017.[8]

International career[edit]

Spencer featured for the United States U18 in 2012, scoring three goals in six matches.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

As of March 24, 2018[10]
Club Season Division League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Molde 2013 Tippeligaen 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Indy Eleven (loan) 2014 NASL 11 2 2 0 0 0 13 2
Totals 11 2 2 0 0 0 13 2
Toronto FC II 2016 USL 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2017 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
2018 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Totals 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
Career total 31 2 2 0 0 0 31 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.grandesportsacademy.com/former-grande-sports-academy-player-signs-pro-contract-in-norway/
  2. ^ http://www.thegoatparade.com/2013/1/24/3912514/chivas-usa-academy-forward-ben-spencer-set-sign-molde
  3. ^ http://www.yanks-abroad.com/content.php?mode=show&id=10267
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "YOUNGSTERS MOORE, SPENCER ADD ATTACKING TALENT". Indy Eleven. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "NINE FOR INDY ELEVEN 2015". www.nasl.com. NASL. November 30, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  7. ^ http://www.wakingthered.com/2016/3/10/11196204/toronto-fc-acquire-refusal-rights-for-united-states-youth-transfer-rumours-toronto-fc-ii
  8. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/news_article/show/788043?referrer_id=2333971
  9. ^ http://www.realsaltlake.com/news/2012/09/rsl-academy-players-named-us-u-18-national-team
  10. ^ "B.Spencer". uk.soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved August 21, 2014.

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