Chris Konopka

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Chris Konopka
Personal information
Full name Christopher Konopka
Date of birth (1985-04-14) April 14, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Toms River, New Jersey, United States
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
FC Edmonton
Youth career
1994–2003 Jersey Shore Boca
2003–2006 Providence Friars
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Jersey Falcons 8 (0)
2007 Kansas City Wizards 0 (0)
2008 Bohemian FC 0 (0)
2009 Sporting Fingal 3 (0)
2010 Waterford United 12 (0)
2011 New York Red Bulls 1 (0)
2012–2013 Philadelphia Union 1 (0)
2013–2015 Toronto FC 21 (0)
2015 Toronto FC II (loan) 1 (0)
2016 Ross County 0 (0)
2016 Portland Timbers 0 (0)
2017– FC Edmonton 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 15, 2016.

Christopher Konopka (born April 14, 1985) is an American professional soccer player who plays goalkeeper for FC Edmonton in the North American Soccer League. During 2016 Konopka signed with Ross County in the Scottish Premiership until the end of the 2015-2016 season. He won the 2015–16 Scottish League Cup on March 16, 2016 while at Ross County. In July 2016, he joined the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer until the end of 2016.

Konopka played for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer from 2013-2015 bringing the team to their first ever playoff appearance in club history in 2015. He holds TFC records for most regular single-season game wins (11) and highest regular single-season win percentage (59.5%) by any Toronto FC goalkeeper in the club's tenure.

Konopka is the first American born soccer player to ever win the Irish Double and also the first to win back-to-back FAI Cup medals.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Konopka grew up in Toms River, New Jersey[3] and played both basketball and soccer at Toms River High School East.[4] He holds both American and Polish citizenship.[5] He is married to Maria Papadakis.[6][7]

Amateur and college[edit]

Konopka came through the youth system of the Jersey Shore Boca soccer club in South Jersey. In the summer of 2003 he played for the club's Premier Development League team. In the summer of 2004 he made 8 appearances for the Jersey Falcons in the same league.[8]

Providence College[edit]

He played NCAA Division I collegiate soccer in the Big East Conference at Providence College from 2003 to 2006.[9] Konopka earned himself trials in England after his senior season with Charlton Athletic,[10] Cardiff City,[11] and Walsall FC.[12] However, he was unable to sign in the United Kingdom as his attempted acquisition of a Polish passport through ancestry had not yet been completed.

Club career[edit]

Kansas City Wizards[edit]

Konopka was drafted in the third round, 29th overall, by the Kansas City Wizards in 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. He became the first player in the history of Providence College to be drafted by an MLS team. Konopka was released by the Wizards at the end of the 2007 season without making an appearance.[13]

In December 2007, Konopka was named to the United States U-23 National Team player pool by head coach Piotr Nowak.

Bohemians[edit]

In March 2008 Konopka signed a one-year contract with Bohemian FC following a successful trial. He made his debut on July 1, 2008 against Derry City in the League Cup.

As a member of Bohs, Konopka won the League of Ireland championship and the FAI Cup in 2008. He also impressed with the Bohemians' A-Side in the inaugural A Championship, leading Bohemians to the Grand Final.

Sporting Fingal[edit]

On July 28, 2009 Konopka signed a short-term contract with then League of Ireland First Division side Sporting Fingal.[14]

He made his debut on October 2, 2009 in a 2-2 draw against Monaghan United. Konopka went on to make 3 more appearances for Fingal including a 4-2 win over Bray Wanderers in the 2009 FAI Cup semi-final on October 25. Konopka helped the club win the 2009 FAI Cup and promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division for 2010.

Waterford United[edit]

Konopka signed with Waterford United on December 18, 2009 for the 2010 season.[15] He made his debut on March 5, 2010 in a 3-0 victory over Wexford Youths.

Konopka received "man of the match" honours from extratime.ie for his performance in a 1-0 victory over Shelbourne on May 7, 2010. It was Waterford's first win over Shelbourne at Tolka Park in 11 years.[16]

Columbus Crew[edit]

Konopka was signed by the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer from the MLS Goalkeeper Pool on July 26, 2011. Despite featuring in an international friendly that evening against Newcastle United and being re-called for 4 future matches he would not make a professional appearance for the club.[13][17]

New York Red Bulls[edit]

Konopka was signed by New York Red Bulls from the MLS Goalkeeper Pool on August 13, 2011. He made his league debut that evening in a 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire.[18] His emergency loan ended after the match and he returned to the MLS Goalkeeper Pool.

Philadelphia Union[edit]

On March 2, 2012, Konopka signed with the Philadelphia Union.[19]

He made his debut on May 26, 2012, in a 1-0 loss against Toronto FC.[20] Three days later he featured in Philadelphia's first US Open Cup victory against the Rochester Rhinos.[21]

Toronto FC[edit]

On September 13, 2013, the Philadelphia Union traded Konopka to Toronto FC .[22]

Konopka made his debut on May 2, 2015 in a 1-0 victory against his former club the Philadelphia Union.[13][23]

He was named to the MLS Team of the Week on May 18, 2015 for his seven save effort in a 1–1 draw against the New England Revolution.[24]

Konopka finished 2015 with a break-out season for TFC setting the all-time single season Toronto goalkeeper league win record with 11 and his 59.5 win percentage is the best ever in Toronto goalkeeping history.[25]

Ross County[edit]

On March 8, 2016, Konopka joined Ross County in the Scottish Premiership until the end of the 2015-16 season.[26] On March 13, 2016, Konopka was a substitute for Ross County who won the 2015–16 Scottish League Cup 2-1 against Hibernian.[27]

Portland Timbers[edit]

Konopka returned to Major League Soccer and signed for the Timbers on July 28, 2016. [28]

FC Edmonton[edit]

On February 15, 2017, Konopka signed with North American Soccer League side FC Edmonton.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

As of matches played July 28, 2016
Club Season League Cup [a] League Cup [b] Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kansas City Wizards 2007[13] MLS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bohemians 2008 League of Ireland Premier Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Sporting Fingal 2009 League of Ireland First Division 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Waterford United 2010 League of Ireland First Division 12 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
Columbus Crew 2011[13] MLS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New York Red Bulls 2011[13] MLS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Philadelphia Union 2012[13][30] MLS 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2013[13] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Toronto 2013[13] MLS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014[13] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015[13][30] 21 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 24 0
Toronto FC II (loan) 2015[30] USL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Toronto Total 22 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
Ross County 2015-2016 Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portland Timbers 2016 MLS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 39 0 5 0 4 0 0 0 48 0

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Bohemians
Sporting Fingal
Waterford United
Ross County


References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Kelly, Declan."American Wins Irish Double at Bohs", Irish Voice, December 17, 2008.
  2. ^ Seltzer, Greg."American Exports: Notepad", MLSsoccer.com, May 5, 2011.
  3. ^ Edelson, Steve. "Konopka right at home, in Ireland", Asbury Park Press, March 12, 2008
  4. ^ Chris Konopka, Providence Friars. Accessed April 8, 2008.
  5. ^ "American Exports: Konopka invited to Polish club". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Just Who Is Maria Papadakis? - Philadelphia Magazine". October 25, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Maria Papadakis and Chris Konopka Get Married - Philly Chit Chat". January 27, 2017. Retrieved February 5, 2017. 
  8. ^ "2004 Jersey Falcons". Pdl.uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on August 10, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Chris Konopka Named to the US Soccer Region I Under-19 Men's Olympic Development Team - FRIARS.COM - The Providence College Official Athletic Site". Friars.Com. December 12, 2003. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Charlton take American goalkeeper Chris Konopka on trial| Soccer Blog|Football News, Reviews, Quizzes". Soccer-blogger.com. February 6, 2007. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ [1] Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Big Apple Soccer". Big Apple Soccer. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Chris Konopka Player Profile". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Sporting Move For Keeps", Fingal Independent, September 2, 2009.
  15. ^ "Konopka joins Waterford from Fingal', RTE.ie, December 19, 2009.
  16. ^ [2], extratime.ie, May 7, 2010
  17. ^ King, Andrew."Newcastle proves too much for Crew" Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Columbus Sports Network, July 26, 2011
  18. ^ Kristian Dyer (August 14, 2011). "Konopka makes "dream" first MLS start". New York Red Bulls. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ Philadelphia Union Communications."Union sign goalkeeper Chris Konopka", March 2, 2012.
  20. ^ "Recap: Late goal vaults TFC past Philly, ends losing streak". MLSsoccer.com. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  21. ^ Comcast Sportsnet."Union Take Cup Opener"[permanent dead link], May 29, 2012.
  22. ^ Toronto FC press release."Reds Acquire Chris Konopka" September 13, 2013.
  23. ^ "Philadelphia Union 0, Toronto FC 1 MLS Match Recap". MLSsoccer.com. May 2, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  24. ^ MLSsoccer.com "Team of the Week - WK 11" May 18, 2015.
  25. ^ TorontoFC.CA [3] 2015 TFC Player Stats
  26. ^ Durent, Jamie (March 8, 2016). "Ross County agree deal with goalkeeper Chris Konopka". The Inverness Courier. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  27. ^ a b Wilson, Richard (March 13, 2016). "Scottish League Cup Final". BBC Scotland. Retrieved March 13, 2016. 
  28. ^ http://www.timbers.com/post/2016/07/28/portland-timbers-sign-goalkeeper-chris-konopka
  29. ^ http://www.nasl.com/news/2017/02/15/fc-edmonton-adds-veteran-goalkeeper-chris-konopka
  30. ^ a b c "C. Konopka Summary". Soccerway. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 

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