Bouna Coundoul

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Bouna Coundoul
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-03-04) March 4, 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Albany Great Danes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Colorado Rapids 52 (0)
2009–2011 New York Red Bulls 49 (0)
2012 VPS 19 (0)
2012–2013 Enosis Neon Paralimni 5 (0)
2013–2015 Ethnikos Achna 46 (0)
2015–2016 Platinum Stars 7 (0)
Total 178 (0)
National team
2007–2016 Senegal 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bouna Coundoul (born March 4, 1982) is a Senegalese footballer who last played in 2016 as a goalkeeper for Platinum Stars in South Africa. He also played for the Senegal national football team.



Born in Dakar, Senegal, Coundoul moved to New York City with his family as a child. He was a standout goalkeeper at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Manhattan, where he received the All-New York City Goalkeeper of the Year award. Coundoul attended and played for the University at Albany, SUNY.

Colorado Rapids[edit]

In 2005, Coundoul signed with Colorado Rapids, and made his MLS debut on May 13, 2006 as a substitute for injured starter Joe Cannon in the 10th minute. He then earned his first professional start and shutout the next game, in a 1–0 victory over Los Angeles Galaxy on May 20.

In the first game of the 2007 MLS season, at which he arrived wearing traditional Senegalese garb, he contributed to the 2–1 victory over D.C. United with a diving stop in the last minute. In an interview that year, he created his trademark phrase, "Bouna Time!" which grew and spread as a chant in the supporters' sections as well as being promoted by the team.[1]

In January 2009, Coundoul failed to agree terms on a new contract with the Rapids and was released. Coundoul appeared in 52 league matches during his career with Colorado, posting 16 shutouts and a 1.16 goals against average.

New York Red Bulls[edit]

On June 29, 2009, New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer signed Coundoul after acquiring his rights from Colorado in exchange for allocation money.[2] He made his debut for the Red Bulls on July 25, in an away match against his former club Colorado. By the end of the season, Coundoul established himself as New York's first choice keeper and ended the 2009 campaign appearing in 9 league matches posting 2 shutouts and a 1.25 goals against average.

On March 20, 2010, Coundoul started for Red Bulls in a 3–1 victory against Santos FC, which was the first match played at the new Red Bull Arena.[3] On October 2, 2010 Coundoul made a career-high 12 saves in the Red Bulls’ 1–0 victory over the Kansas City Wizards, which clinched a playoff berth for New York and propelled it to first place in the Eastern Conference. The shutout was Coundoul’s 10th of the season, setting a new franchise season record and resulted in Coundoul being named MLS Player of the Week for Week 27.[4] On October 21, 2010 Coundoul recorded his 11th clean sheet of the season in helping Red Bull to a 2–0 victory over New England Revolution which helped the club clinch the regular season Eastern Conference title.[5] Coundoul ended the 2010 campaign appearing in 27 matches, and registering a career-best 1.04 goals against average. He became second choice following the arrival of Frank Rost.

On November 30, 2011, the Red Bulls declined the 2012 option on Coundoul's contract, making him eligible for the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft.[6] Coundoul was not selected in the draft and became a free agent.

On February 14, 2012, Coundoul joined Championship club Doncaster Rovers on trial with view to a permanent move.[7]


On March 8, 2012, Coundoul went on trial with Vaasan Palloseura in the Finnish Veikkausliiga. He signed a permanent deal until July 2012 on March 16.[8]


Coundoul signed for Enosis Neon Paralimni of Cyprus on August 18, 2012.[9] In July 2013, Coundoul signed a two-year contract with Ethnikos Achna of Cyprus.[10]

South Africa[edit]

In February 2015 Coundoul signed with South African side Platinum Stars F.C.[11] He signed a three-year extension with the club in June 2015[12] but retired in summer 2016.[13]


For his performances during the 2007 MLS season, Coundoul was awarded a call-up to the Senegal national football team. On November 23, 2007, he was named to the Senegalese roster for the African Cup of Nations. He was capped in their final game against South Africa after regular goalkeeper Tony Sylva broke curfew and was suspended from the team. The game ended in a 1–1 draw, with Coundoul making several strong saves.[14] After years of being a fringe player for the national team, Coundoul was named to Senegal's squad for the 2012 African Cup of Nations. Coundoul was first-choice goalkeeper for the first two matches of the group stage against Zambia and Equatorial Guinea which both ended in upset defeats for Senegal. For the third and final match of the group stage, Amara Traoré chose Khadim N'Diaye to start in goal over Condoul. With that defeat, Senegal was knocked out of the tournament.

Career statistics[edit]


Club Season League
Division Apps Goals
Colorado Rapids 2006 MLS 5 0
2007 30 0
2008 17 0
Total 52 0
New York Red Bulls 2009 MLS 8 0
2010 29 0
2011 12 0
Total 49 0
VPS 2012 Veikkausliiga 19 0
Total 19 0
Enosis Neon Paralimni 2012–2013 Cypriot First Division 5 0
Total 5 0
Ethnikos Achna 2013–14 Cypriot First Division 32 0
2014–15 14 0
Total 46 0
Platinum Stars 2015–16 South African Premier Division 7 0
Total 7 0
Career total 178 0


  1. ^ "News". Colorado Rapids. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  2. ^ "Rapids Acquire Allocation Money From New York Red Bulls". OurSports Central. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2010-03-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2010-10-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "Rovers look at keeper". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  8. ^ "Hait kohdetta 1552. - VPS - Vaasan Palloseura. Vepsun viralliset kotisivut. Since 1924!". VPS - Vaasan Palloseura. Vepsun viralliset kotisivut. Since 1924! (in Finnish). Archived from the original on November 15, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Bouna Coundoul Για 2 Χρόνια!". August 18, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  10. ^ "Chypre : Bouna Coundoul signe 2 ans à Ethnikos Achnas". (in French). 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  11. ^ "Platinum Stars Sign Senegal Captain, Bouna Coundoul". Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  12. ^ "Coundoul signs three-year deal at Platinum Stars - ABSA Premiership 2014/15 - Platinum Stars". African Football. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  13. ^ "Bouna Coundoul". Manhattan Soccer Club. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  14. ^[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "B. Coundoul". Soccerway. Retrieved November 2, 2017.

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